Whilst Crystal Palace’s plans to redevelop Selhurst Park have generated a great deal of excitement throughout the Eagles’ fan-base, there remains a long way left to go before we can get too carried away about the prospect of the blueprints becoming a reality.
It goes without saying that support in the local community will play a pivotal role in determining the council’s final decision over whether or not to grant the club planning permission for the Main Stand’s redevelopment, making your input at this stage all the more important.
With our official plans having been submitted to the relevant bodies, Croydon Council have now made them available to view online, with comments welcomed from individuals, asking whether they “support” or “oppose” the proposed redevelopment of Selhurst Park. Obviously, there are a great number of other hurdles to cross if we are to break ground on the project but for now, public backing can play a major role in the general perception of the plans.
Any regular visitor to Selhurst Park will know that the stadium and specifically the Main Stand are in desperate need of an upgrade, with the club’s well documented proposals set to significantly increase capacity, offer far more in the way of corporate hospitality and create hundreds of new match-day jobs for residents across the local area. You will of course always come across one or two people who object to any planned construction work but in general, the response has been incredibly positive so far.
With the club selling out Selhurst’s 26,000 capacity each and every week in recent years, I see no reason why we can’t amass 2,000, 3,000 or even 4,000 signatures between now and Monday if the word can be spread far enough. At the time of writing there have been 1,051 comments submitted to the council, with 1,031 (98%) of them supporting the club’s plans. If we can aim to double that by this time tomorrow, you’d like to think those with the power to give the go-ahead to our proposals would begin to sit up and take notice.
The link to leave your own comment is at the top of this page, it only takes a couple of minutes to complete and could end up playing a defining role in the long-term future of Crystal Palace FC. On this occasion, every vote really does make a difference.