New plans for Gillingham FC stadium unveiled
These are the first pictures of
Gillingham’s dream new stadium in Medway.
The club has long harboured hopes of
moving from Priestfield and the latest site it has identified is
off Yokosuka Way in Gillingham.
As the exclusive pictures demonstrate,
the club has grand plans for the 40 acres of land, which is next to
the club’s training ground.
In addition to the 15-18,000 seater
stadium, a hotel, supermarket, fast food restaurants, fitness
centre, shops, nursery and tennis academy are proposed for the
Chairman Paul Scally has claimed the
club’s future in Medway is under threat because of plans to
transform Chatham Docks in Pier Road, which is close to the Mill
Mr Scally told the Medway Messenger
last month the approval of developer Peel Ports plans for the site
would "almost certainly" be the end of the Gills presence in the
The problem with the Chatham Docks
project as far as the Gills are concerned is that it includes an
Mr Scally claims a supermarket is
needed to finance the stadium, but having two stores so close to
each other would make his plan unworkable.
will be featured in the programme for the game against Swindon Town
In his notes for the game, Mr Scally
wrote "the path ahead will not be easy" but added initial
discussions on the scheme had proved positive.
"We have had some very interesting
meetings with several food retailers so far this month, one last
Thursday (April 19) and they are all very keen to be part of this
scheme on this site, a site owned by a willing and accommodating
"We have also met with two substantial
national developers who also like the site and see the merits of
such a scheme."
Paul Scally said there "was never any
question" that Gillingham’s match against Swindon Town would be
open to fans.
A row over policing costs led to
Medway Council issuing a prohibition notice for the game, which
threatened to close the stadium to supporters.
In his programme notes Mr Scally wrote
that the dispute started when the club was presented with a new
contract for policing matches.
"Apart from increasing our costs by up
to 54%, the new proposals included many clauses we simply couldn’t
agree with, and although a number of those issues have now been
resolved, the key issues are still unacceptable and cannot be
Most of Mr Scally’s ire was reserved
for Medway Council however.
He said the council had issued the
prohibition notice without contacting the club and that in the end
the move had not made much of a difference, apart from "attracting
substantial national coverage for Medway Council and causing
unnecessary anxiety with many football fans".
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