AMBITIOUS plans for Tilbury football club are set to be unveiled by West Ham legend Frank Lampard tomorrow (Thursday).
Lampard and Montana Property Developments have invited members of the Tilbury and Chadwell community to the meeting at Orsett Hall at 11 am on Thursday morning.
The meeting has been organised by Bristol-based Sports Solutions GB Ltd.
Their invitation states:
“On behalf of Montana Properties we would like to invite you to attend a presentation to share initial proposals for the redevelopment of land at St Chads Road and the relocation of Tilbury FC.
“We would like to present these ideas to you and seek feedback from key members, officers and community representatives.
“The proposals represent a joint working initiative between Montana Properties and Frank Lampard, and seek to deliver a sustainable development for Tilbury that will have a lasting community benefit.
The plans are the culmination of a lot of hard work behind the scenes.
Their cause has been championed by two Labour councillors, Gerard Rice and former leader of the council, Andy Smith.
Both councillors were guests of the club, known as the Dockers, when they last played West Ham in July 2008.
And they have both kept the need for a proper development in the Tilbury area high on the agenda.
Earlier this year, in full council, member of the planning committee, cllr Rice told the chamber that, in his opinion: “The best way forward for a football stadium in the borough is by working with a private company.”
The subject concerning all five football clubs in the borough came up again at cabinet last month.
The debate mainly centred on plans for Grays Athletic but the portfolio holder for housing and regeneration, cllr Andy Smith told the cabinet that the had just handed a letter to the council from a company with plans for a development in the borough.
YT contacted Sports Solutions Ltd to ask if we could attend the meeting. We are awaiting a reply.