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Dons wait on Greyhound Stadium decision

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

AFC Wimbledon’s plans to return to Plough Lane face another hurdle as Historic England ask whether or not the existing Greyhound Stadium should be listed for its historical interest.

The 8,000-seater venue is due to close later this year to make way for the club’s development plans. Previously the circular ground was not of sufficient interest to be listed by Historic England.

AFC Wimbledon fans and supporters of the club are being urged to write to Historic England on behalf of the club – asking them to stand-by their original decision on the Greyhound Stadium and allow the club’s plans to go ahead.

Erik Samuelson, AFC Wimbledon chief executive said: “We respect the process that must be gone through in order for Historic England and all relevant bodies to be satisfied that nothing of historic and architectural interest will be lost as a result of our plans to redevelop Plough Lane.

“That said, we are also keen to avoid further delays to this project which we believe is both vital to our future as a football club and will be an enormous benefit to Merton.”

The Bring The Dons Home campaign, which helped organise political support for the Plough Lane plans, has once again created an easy-to-use page allowing fans to write to Historic England directly.

Closing date for submissions is Monday 27th February.

Thanks to Mr Dan for the image used in this news story. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

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