Cray Wanderers host Flamingo Park exhibition

Wednesday 06th September 2017

CRAY WANDERERS are continuing their pursuit to find a home to secure the future of the oldest football club in London.

In early 2016, The London Borough of Bromley granted permission for the club to build a new home ground on the site of Flamingo Park, on the A20 Sidcup By Pass in Chislehurst, on the ground that the site was predominately previously developed land and due to the very special circumstances of the club.

However, upon referral, it was later refused by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and subsequently became the subject of a public inquiry following the Secretary of State’s call in decision.

Upon legal advice and given the Mayors allocation and authorisation of £145,000 to fight the public enquiry, proving their resolve and resistance to the previous scheme, Cray Wanderers Football Club decided not to fight this battle and withdraw from the public enquiry, instead approaching the quest through a new proposal.

The revised scheme has been created through pre-application consultation with the London Borough of Bromley Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the board feels satisfied all of their raised concerns alongside those of the Mayor.

Before the submission of the new scheme and planning application in late September 2017, the club are hosting an exhibition and public consultation.

This will take place at the Flamingo Park site (BR7 6HL) and is open to the public on Friday, 8 September, between 14:00-15:00, and Saturday 9 September, between 11:00-14:00.

The Bostik South club will also be conducting a pilot transport study on Saturday, collecting supports from Cray and Orpington, transporting them to Flamingo Park by minibus to view the exhibition before taking them to the Cray Wanderers v Chipstead Bostik South League game at Hayes Lane, Bromley, their home since 1999.

Cray Wanderers chairman Gary Hillman said: “We welcome anyone who would like to find our more to come along and join us at the exhibition.  We will be happy to explain the new scheme, answer any questions and we look forward to receiving feedback from members of the local community.”

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