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SAFE STANDING AT LIONEL ROAD

10 August 2012

Brian Burgess has indicated his preference for safe standing at the new Lionel Road stadium.

Speaking at Thursday night’s fans forum at Griffin Park, Burgess - who is an executive director on the stadium company tasked with delivering Lionel Road - hopes supporters will have a choice if they stood or sat at Brentford’s new home.

He said: “I will be pressing the architects involved to come up with a stadium that has options for safe standing.

“One of my wishes is that, as in Germany, supporters have a choice on whether they wish to sit or stand but this does depend on grant funding and if the regulatory bodies support that.”

A report will be handed to the football club board by October that outlines options for the site, which is bounded by railway lines at Kew Bridge station.

Original plans for a 22,000 capacity stadium have now been abandoned with a smaller capacity favoured due to cost.

He said: “The proposal is that we will get planning consent for 20,000 but depending on the viability and need it may well be that we will only build 15,000 to start with.

Supporters fielded questions on the scheme and its timing, together with concerns from the floor if the support for the scheme was under threat due to potential residential opposition to a new community stadium.

Burgess added: “You’re never going to please all the people all of the time, so there will be some that would prefer not to have a stadium at Lionel Road.

“The council have always been very supportive and don’t envisage that this will become a political issue but clearly some residents will have concerns.”


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