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    onyadon
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    I’ve decided to spruce up the web-site a wee bit (even with our new logo – any comments?). Another new feature is the single thread forum, so you can jump on and have your say, ask a question or just read what is being said. As I always say the forum is only as strong as what you make of it, so I would urge you to contribute and regularly to keep it all worthwhile. BTW, if you want to check something in the old forum it is now archived and the link is below… Okay let’s hear from you …

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  • #12921

    liamwimbo
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    Just arrived in London, but not able to make it up to Rochdale. However I share the general mood of optimism amongst Dons fans for today’s game. Meades and Francomb returning will be a boost, so I am quietly confident of a first win for the season.

    Obviously disappointed to hear the latest news about opposition to NPL. Other contributors below echo my feelings. I always expected a long, drawn out process but this is getting ridiculous. However, deep down, I know that patience will get us there in the end.

    #12920

    martindownunderdon
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    2-0 to the Dons today just fill to days the day we start winning a few games now.

    #12919

    MacWomble
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    Planning processes are complicated, but all the hoops must be jumped through. If Wandsworth have the legal options to challenge planning decisions, then that’s just a fact we have to live with. However, I truly believe the club have been so incredibly careful and meticulous with their proposal that we stand in good stead to eventually return home. The Secretary of State will not register an interested in our proposal, as it is not of national significance. This is the end game, so all Wombles must be brave, but must not yet book their Air Botswana special fares back to Wandsworth International Airport. You know, as an aside, recalling my years living in Wandsworth, it really did not have very much except a bunch of crims living in those big flats and shit Youngs lager and a shit A3. Anyway, we are not playing in 3rd gear yet and we need to see an improvement to have three winds on the trot against the Rochdale. It seems like both teams are in the same early season doldrums, so I have to think that home advantage to the Spotdale/field/whatever outfit will result in a 1-1 draw and a quiet bus trip back from the northern wastelands. Let us hope that our players do not stop off at a roadside petrol station lavatory and claim we wuz robbed!

    #12918

    Singapore Don
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    Dog with a bone, but this will be my final thought: Wandsworth Council say Merton was not and is not an impartial and objective authority to determine our planning application. Yet Wandsworth’s own planning officers – nothing to do with Merton – also approved the plans! It’s not that the decision was taken by a partial local council, but that a decision was reached that in their view was the wrong one! This really smacks of bad losers refusing to give up and being thorough spoilsports. Hopefully good sense will prevail in the end. In the meantime, more worry and potential delays for us Dons, hardly fair to all at AFC Wimbledon who have acted with such good faith throughout this planning process.

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    Singapore Don
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    The only ray of hope I can see this evening is that Eric said at the Dons Trust SGM last night (which I attended) that an application can only be called in by a Secretary of State if there is an issue of national, strategic concern to resolve. It’s hard to see how a local council dispute is a national issue, particularly when the local Mayor of London has already taken a broader review of the application and seen fit to hand it back to Merton. Hopefully Eric was right, and the SOS cannot really call the application in on the basis that Wandsworth feel it has not been adjudicated by an impartial and objective authority. Given how awful Wandsworth are being, I have no doubt that if their call for an SOS call-in fails, they will then call for a judicial review. But Eric said at the SGM last night that that could not be done until after Merton had approved the application again on Sept 15th and after the S106s had been signed and sealed, which he didn’t expect to happen until perhaps later October. If Wandsworth do go for a judicial review, a court would have six weeks to determine whether there is a call for the application to be judicially reviewed. So whatever happens, it seems certain our NPL plans face yet another Wandsworth/Tory imposed delay.

    #12916

    Singapore Don
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    We need a positive result at Rochdale to offset this depressing news that (Tory)Wandsworth Council is appealing to the (Tory) Secretary of State to call in our NPL stadium plan. They say Merton Council has been biased, and it needs an impartial authority to determine the application. What the hell?!! The supposedly neutral Mayor of London has already reviewed all the evidence and decided there is nothing untoward and Merton should be the deciding authority. Added to which Merton Council’s decision was a cross party decision – so hardly politically motivated. We can only hope that the Secretary of State is himself independent and uses his sense to decide there is no bona fide case for calling the application in. Very disheartening. So a result please in Rochdale you Dons.

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