Petitions (if any)
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Cabinet received a petition submitted by Mr Sanjeev Shah representing parents of children who play for Forest United Youth FC. The petition called on the Council to intervene in order to save the Football Club and provide them with a permanent home. In presenting the petition Mr Shah highlighted what he felt to be the important legacy and role the Football Club played within the local community. Highlighting its proximity to Wembley as the home of football, Mr Shah was keen to ensure the clubs future was secured within Brent along with the provision of permanent facilities and a clubhouse on John Billam and Tenterden Sports Ground.
Councillor Tatler (as Lead Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning) in responding to the petition began by recognising the role which the club served within the local community. Highlighting the Council’s support for all grass roots sports clubs across the borough, an assurance was provided of the Council’s intention to continue working with the club in order to maintain and secure their continued provision and appropriate facilities at John Billam and Tenterden Sport Ground. Clarification was provided that the current relocation of the club had been on a temporary basis to enable essential drainage works to be undertaken in order to secure and protect the long term future of the playing fields and the clubs ongoing use of the facility. It was also noted that a formal response would be provided to the various issues raised under the petition and in supporting correspondence from the Club.
Having noted the response provided Councillor M.Butt (Leader of the Council) ended by welcoming the contribution at the meeting and reaffirming the Council’s support and commitment to securing the clubs future within Brent given its value to the local community and in order to continue delivering the best outcome for all.
Publication date: 19/07/2021
Date of decision: 19/07/2021
Decided at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet