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Cray Wanderers 'will fight on' for new stadium

Thu 27 December 2012, 9:40 am

The chairman of Cray Wanderers has vowed that the 152-year-old football club will not give up on its dream of developing a new permanent home, despite the rejection of its most-recent proposals.

Gary Hillman said he was keen to work with Bromley Council to refine plans for a new stadium for the club after plans for a  mixed-use scheme with a 5,153-seat stadium were turned down in October.

The Ryman Premier Division side currently shares a ground with Bromley FC, but had sought to develop a new “sporting village” with a gym, 25-metre swimming pool, commercial floorspace and housing at a site in Sandy Lane, Orpington.

Hillman said the scheme, drawn up in conjunction with local architects and town planners Pellings LLP,  would not only have provided the club with a permanent home but also delivered long-term economic and social benefits.

“The many hundreds of letters backing the application sent to Bromley Council demonstrate the level of public support for the stadium,“ he said.

“We look forward to discussing the plans further with the council and hope to find a solution that will secure the future of the world’s second-oldest club as well as regenerating the area with first-class sporting facilities being at the heart of it.”

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