Wycombe Wanderers move to a newly built stadium has taken a new twist this week, as many in the local community ramp up a final rally against the move to Booker Air Park.
The plans for the move have not yet been made official, as the consultation period is due to end this month, with a decision expected in January 2010 based on any feedback received. Yet Wycombe and Wasps Chairman Steve Hayes stated in September that he was ‘Backing Booker’ for the site of the new build, causing controversy amongst many locals and fans, who will not take the decision lying down.
This latest episode in the debacle comes through Cllr Darren Hayday, a member for Booker and Cressex. He has publicly stated that he is “200% against plans to move to Booker Air Park” and has encouraged locals to complete the consultation forms in the hope that “PEOPLE POWER WILL WIN!”
Cllr Hayday, the former Mayor of High Wycombe, will have upset his Conservative peers with these comments and by insisting “The Councils job is collecting bins, not helping multimillionaires get richer.” He also told the Bucks Free Press that he has been against the proposal “from the start”. It is no surprise that Cllr Hayday is an avid Wycombe Wanderers fan.
The deadline for residents to partake in Wycombe District Council’s consultation for the Wycombe Community Stadium and Sports Project comes on Friday 29th October 2010. The form consists of five questions, some with multiple-choice answers to choose from, as well as a comment field allowing up to 1000 character responses for each question. A simple way to voice opinion perhaps, but many argue the questions themselves are short-sighted and geared toward the unpopular move to Booker.
The form’s questions are sampled below:
Question 1: Which do you think are the most important criteria in selecting a potential option and site?
Question 2: Which broad option - A, B, C or D - do you support in principle, and why?
A - Retain Adams Park and seek improvements
B - Community Stadium facility only
C - Community Stadium facility plus supporting facilities
D - Sports Village
Question 3: In relation to the long-list, are there any other sites that we should look at and if
Question 4: In relation to the short-list, which site do you think offers the best potential and
Question 5: What use do you support for the Adams Park site if a new stadium project is pursued on another site?
Mr. Hayes has yet to comment in the build up to the closure of the consultation process, but fans and locals alike will be waiting with baited breathe to hear what his next move is, and whether Wycombe District Council will support Hayes or the community response.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.