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    by Published on 30th January 2014 21:40

    Development Squad midfield player Emmanuel Oyeleke has returned from his loan spell at Aldershot Town. Emmanuel, better known to most as Manny, joined The Shots on a Youth Loan in August in a deal that expired but before Christmas. The loan was extended until Tuesday, January 28, but has now come to an end. Manny has returned to Brentford and will be training with The Bees over the come days. In five months at Aldershot Manny made 33 appearances, playing in both midfield and at right back, and scored four goals.

    Ose Aibangee, Brentford Academy Director, said: “Manny did very well at Aldershot. “We had good reports both about the way he played and also with the way he conducted himself as a professional. The extension of the loan allowed Manny to play through the busy Christmas period and he got to experience that side of life as a professional footballer. He will come back to us now and we can have a look at how he has developed as a player and a person during his loan. Manny has been in and around the First Team in the past and we hope he can push on again. But we will make a decision about the rest of the season in the coming days and weeks and it may be that another loan spell will be to his benefit.”
    by Published on 30th January 2014 21:38

    Brentford defender Shaleum Logan has joined SPL side Aberdeen on loan for the rest of the season. The 25-year-old has been restricted to a bit-part role since Alan McCormack established himself as first-choice right-back in October, which has coincided with the club's 17-game unbeaten run. However, Logan has featured more regularly since Mark Warburton took charge before Christmas and has started the past two games. The arrival of versatile Arsenal defender Nico Yennaris increased speculation about his future, with the former Manchester City full-back's contract due to expire at the end of the season. We reported this morning that the Dons were interested in taking Logan on loan, and he has followed Farid El Alagui north of the border. Logan made 104 appearances for the Bees since his arrival in 2011, scoring five goals.[
    by Published on 30th January 2014 12:24

    Brentford defender Shaleum Logan has been linked with a shock loan move to SPL side Aberdeen. The 25-year-old has been restricted to a bit-part role since Alan McCormack established himself as first-choice right-back in October, which has coincided with the club's 17-game unbeaten run. However, Logan has featured more regularly since Mark Warburton took charge before Christmas and has started the past two games. The arrival of versatile Arsenal defender Nico Yennaris has increased speculation about his future, with the former Manchester City full-back's contract due to expire at the end of the season.
    by Published on 30th January 2014 07:19

    Brentford boss Mark Warburton remains hopeful of signing another defender before the transfer window closes on Friday. The Bees have already brought in Alan Judge, Chuba Akpom and Nico Yennaris this month, but the search for a new centre-back has so far proved fruitless. Brentford remain interested in re-signing Wigan's Rob Kiernan, while Oldham Athletic defender James Tarkowski is also on their radar. Captain Kevin O'Connor has filled the void in the absence of the injured Harlee Dean, but Warburton will press ahead with plans to bolster his options ahead of the deadline. He said: "We had no doubts about Kevin. He's had injuries but he's come though. He always works hard in training and he's the ultimate pro."
    by Published on 29th January 2014 08:23

    Brentford FC needs your help with a final push to help show your support for a new Community Stadium in Lionel Road. Please sign this online petition today and tell Boris that you want a new Brentford Community stadium in Lionel Road.

    You can sign this petition AND write in and we encourage people to do both.

    Why is this important?

    We appreciate the support that everyone has already shown and this has helped us get a positive response form Hounslow Council. However a new stadium is not a done deal. It is currently with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who has the power to call-in the decision, which will at best delay the project and at worst make it unviable. There remains opposition to the new stadium and they are making their views known to Boris. It is important that we too show Boris the great support that exists for a new stadium.

    It’s simple – if we want a new stadium, we need to tell Boris that. So please do sign the petition.
    All you have to do is fill in your name and address. Please spread the word!
    by Published on 27th January 2014 16:39

    Nico Yennaris - Brentford have signed England Under-19 international Nico Yennaris from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee. The 20-year-old, who can play in defence and midfield, linked up with The Bees this morning. He signed a two and a half year deal and will be available for Brentford’s Sky Bet League One match against Bristol City at Griffin Park tomorrow, Tuesday January 28. The contract will keep him at Griffin Park until 2016. Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Manager, said: “Nico is a player we have watched for many years as he has come through the Academy at Arsenal. He is a very talented player, technically good and physically sound. He has a real tactical astuteness for a young player. Nico has shown great flexibility in terms of positioning, appearing for Arsenal at right back, left back and in midfield. Nico is in the same age category as George Saville, Jake Bidwell and Marcello Trotta. He is a talented young player and I am sure he will have a bright future at Brentford Football Club. We are delighted to secure him permanently. I thank the senior staff at Arsenal for their help in finalising the deal.”

    Anderson Banvo - Brentford have handed a trial to Blackpool forward Anderson Banvo. The 19-year-old striker has been training with the Bees and played 90 minutes for the development side in this afternoon's 2-1 win against Brighton. Banvo is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Seasiders since his switch from Paris Saint-Germain in 2012.
    by Published on 16th January 2014 04:13

    On 5th December 2013 Brentford Football Club took a big step towards securing planning permission for a new stadium for Brentford Football Club in Brentford. That was a massive achievement which would not have been possible without the support of thousands of Brentford supporters, however it is only half time and there is still a long way to go before the final whistle. Victory is not yet certain and we need your support to get the job done.

    On Friday January 17th the planning application approved by Hounslow Borough Council will be passed to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson who has until Thursday 30th January to decide whether to approve or reject the application. Once again opponents to our development are waging a misinformation campaign in some local neighbourhoods, and writing letters to the Mayor demanding he direct Hounslow Council to refuse our application.

    Once again your efforts will be crucial. We need you to write in to show your support for the new stadium which Brentford supporters have worked so hard to secure over the past decade, and upon which the club’s future depends. There is not much time to act before Boris decides so please ACT NOW

    To email your support to the Mayor Boris Johnson, Sir Edward Lister and the Strategic Planner David Blankson-Hemans please click here.

    If the above the e-mail link does not work on your system the addresses you need are:

    mayor@london.gov.uk
    david.blankson-hemans@london.gov.uk
    edward.lister@london.gov.uk

    Please include your full name and address & enter the following in the subject field Brentford Community Stadium: Planning Application Reference No: P/2013/1811

    Please find below important information and an updated summary of the benefits of the Brentford Community Stadium:

    The London Mayor expressed support for the Club's proposals in 2008 and confirmation of that support is now required to deliver a new Community Stadium and associated residential development that will:

    • Generate significant new jobs and homes on a brownfield site;
    • Stimulate local economic growth and benefit local businesses;
    • Respect local heritage assets and views via the provision of a high quality residential design; and
    • Underpin and enhance the significant community work delivered by the Club and the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust in Hounslow, Ealing and Richmond

    Planning and Economic Benefits

    The Brentford Community Stadium project will contribute significantly to economic growth, including:

    • New jobs (over 200 a year in construction plus over 300 Full Time Equivalent long term);
    • New homes on brownfield land (910 at Lionel Road and over 100 at Griffin Park); and
    • Increased revenue for local businesses.

    This project will revitalise and regenerate an unsightly industrial corner of Brentford and transform it into an attractive link between the Thames riverside at Kew Bridge and Gunnersbury Park.

    Brentford Football Club as a local business is unsustainable at Griffin Park because the facilities are antiquated and the site is not suitable for redevelopment as a modern stadium. Without the Community Stadium development project, the economic, social and environmental benefits that the Club, the Trust and Stadium would bring are all at risk.

    The project will help to secure the sustainable future of the Club and the multi-award winning charity Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. The Trust, housed together with the Club in purpose built facilities will continue to extend and improve its work with communities in Hounslow, Ealing and Richmond.

    Benefits for Local Business Community

    The Community Stadium facilities and the Club's football matches together with the new homes would bring a number of benefits to the local business community including:

    • Increased expenditure by supporters, rising to over £4 million per annum, of which £3 million will be spent directly in the Borough;
    • Total spending by the new residents is estimated of up to £17 million per year, of which £11 million is expected to be retained within the Borough;
    • Facilities available for local businesses, organisations and community groups to hire for conferences, seminars and other meetings; and
    • Closer relationships with local businesses from the provision of high quality match-day hospitality facilities including lounges, boxes and premium seats.

    Partnerships with local stakeholders

    The Club prides itself in being a good neighbour within the Community for over the past 100 years at Griffin Park and is committed to continuing this approach for the next 100 years. It has always recognised and been committed to working with Hounslow and other stakeholders to provide necessary mitigation to counter and minimise the effects of the development.

    Heritage and views

    From the outset the club has been mindful of the concerns of local groups regarding the impact of the views on the World Heritage Site and nearby conservation areas. As a result the Club reduced the heights and made amendments to the positioning and density of the residential buildings. A total of 33 views from points in the surrounding area have been taken and were presented to Hounslow Council Planning Committee. A detailed Design Code has also been agreed in relation to the outline planning permission for the enabling developments as part of the application. This will ensure the development of the residential buildings and associated infrastructure is sensitive to the surrounding landscape.
    Some opponents of the Club’s proposals have been circulating a leaflet with a misleading image of the view from Kew Bridge. This leaflet also contains inaccurate statements. A decision should not be based on the inaccurate information in that leaflet.

    Section 106 Obligations and CIL payments

    Section 106 payments in the order of £2.6 million, including:

    • £175,000 to TfL towards additional peak hour bus services along the A315 corridor.
    • £2 million towards education including a £500,000 provision in kind towards the provision of new facilities for the Hounslow Interim Education Centre (IEC).
    • £210,000 contribution towards the funding for CPZ surveys and for CPZ implementation for match and non-match days.
    • £91,000 towards sustainability improvements including travel vouchers and new public realm improvements between the new Stadium and Gunnersbury Park.
    • £118,000 sustainability contribution to Phase 1 of the Gunnersbury Park regeneration programme.
    • £35,000 for additional studies to promote improvements to the flow of traffic in the vicinity

    A forecast Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy payment is estimated in the region of £4-5 million.

    Affordable Housing

    The Club has committed to agreeing a set of viability assumptions with the Council and to sharing, on an “open book” basis, the actual costs incurred and values realised during the life of the project. If during the process the project economics turn out better than expected, affordable housing contributions will be triggered.

    Training and employment opportunities

    Construction, training and long term operational skills opportunities will be provided across the stadium. There will also be further employment opportunities in residential, retail and hotel development, in partnership with local businesses and education providers.

    Kew Bridge Station

    The Club has agreed a commitment of £250,000 to Network Rail as a contribution towards Kew Bridge Station improvements. This £250,000 is in addition to the improvements the Club will make to access routes, including opening the underpass beneath Lionel Road South from the London bound platform. This will provide links from the development site to the station, via a ramp which will give disabled access and via stairs which will enable children to walk between station platforms and Kew Bridge School without crossing the public highway.

    Griffin Park

    In addition, the Club is committed to Section 106 contributions in relation to the redevelopment of Griffin Park under an existing outline residential planning permission. The redevelopment of Griffin Park will also deliver new homes on brownfield land and contribute to the regeneration of Brentford town centre.

    Our stadium move can only be secured with your help. If you want the Club to remain in Brentford and believe the Club and the Community Sports Trust are invaluable assets to the community then please contact the GLA in the next week and declare your support. The Mayor needs to hear your views before he reviews the matter on 29th January.

    To email your support to the Mayor Boris Johnson, Sir Eddie Lister and the Strategic Planner David Blankson-Hemans please click here.

    As a reminder, you will find some examples of the benefits of the application below:

    • Transport: extensive modelling undertaken and Club has committed to working with local groups over coming months to press for further public transport improvements to contributions already being made.
    • Housing: over 900 new homes for London – and, if economic conditions improve, contributions to affordable homes.
    • Heritage and views: detailed consultation with Kew Gardens and local residents over past 18 months and over 30 agreed views produced, heights reduced and our preferred bidder for the role of development partner has provided accurate indicative views rather than misleading one circulated by opponents.
    • Jobs and community benefits: there will be a substantial amount of new jobs created for residents in Hounslow as well as significant community benefits including a larger, purpose built space for the Hounslow Interim Education Centre.

    For those unable to email or who prefer to send a letter you can write individually to the Mayor Boris Johnson, Sir Edward Lister and David Blankson-Hemans (including the reference no. P/2013/1811) at the addresses below:

    It is essential David Blankson-Hemans is copied into your email or sent a copy of your letters.

    Mayor Boris Johnson,
    Mayor of London, Greater London Authority,
    City Hall, The Queen's Walk, More London,
    London, SE1 2AA.

    Sir Eddie Lister,
    Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, Policy and Planning, Greater London Authority,
    City Hall, The Queen's Walk, More London,
    London, SE1 2AA.

    David Blankson-Hemans, Senior Strategic Planner, Greater London Authority,
    City Hall, The Queen's Walk, More London,
    London, SE1 2AA.

    In all correspondence please remember to include your name and full postal address.

    All comments here please

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