Millwall chief executive says club has "gone into extra time" with fight against Lewisham council over land around the Den

 
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Lewisham council is discussing selling the land surrounding Millwall's stadium to private property developers (Source: Getty)

Millwall will continue to fight Lewisham council over its regeneration plans for land surrounding its stadium in South Bermondsey, after a decision on its sale was deferred.

The League One club claimed its survival was under threat by the Labour-led council's plans to use a compulsory purchase order to take land currently on lease to Millwall and sell it to property developer Renewal.

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A "Defend Our Den" petition against the land being sold has been signed more than 16,500 times and Millwall chief executive Andy Ambler said the support for the campaign contributed to Lewisham council deferring their decision at a meeting on Wednesday night.

"There is no doubt that the strength of support we received from across the football family has been noted by the council," said Ambler.

"But we are under no illusion that this is over or the battle is won, and we would urge people to keep signing the petition. We have effectively gone into extra time.

"So I hope Cabinet members will use this opportunity to accept my invite to come down to The Den to see what could be lost and how the club could develop our land in conjunction with the council and for the benefit of the community.

"Millwall has always said it wants to be an active partner in this regeneration, not a reluctant spectator. It's time for Lewisham council to make the most of this deferral and work together with us to move this forward."

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