Hammersmith & Fulham Council has contacted Chelsea Football Club to say they are open to again discuss the possibility of expanding Stamford Bridge as an alternative to a move away from the borough.
Chelsea recently bid to buy the Battersea power station site but it emerged last week that their bid had failed. There is now a 28 day due diligence period on the winning bid from a Malaysian consirtium of which the club have said they will await the outcome before taking any further action.
The council have now repeated their support for the club staying in Hammersmith & Fulham. “It now looks highly unlikely that CFC will be moving away from their historic home,” says H&F Council’s new Leader Cllr Nicholas Botterill.
“The council remains committed to working with the club to explore all possible avenues for keeping the Blues here at their original home.
“The door is open and the council is again ready to sit down and discuss how Stamford Bridge can be appropriately upgraded.”
A Chelsea proposal to buy the freehold of its 107-year home from current owners, Chelsea Pitch Owners, was rejected last year. Many observers saw the move as an attempt to clear the way for a possible departure from The Bridge but the council continues to argue that the club should redouble its efforts to add capacity at their historic home.