Simon King, Independent
Abbey Ward, you have three votes, please use one as effectively as you can and vote for me, Simon King.
Please send a clear Message to Wycombe District Council that a new Stadium is not needed. Every vote for me as an Independent is apolitical and echoes your position against waste in the public purse.
Every vote that the current leader of the council (Councillor Clarke) does not get, further clarifies your position against the the veneer of a new community stadium when it really means building 600-800 new houses on Green Belt Land as a mechanism to provide a commercial company with new premises that there is no tangible requirement for.
This will be a site dedicated to the preservation of Green Belt and against a New Stadium in either the Abbey Barn or Wycombe Airpark Green Belt areas.
David Hampton, Green Party candidate
(for Marlow Town Council and Wycombe District Council – Marlow South and East ward)
“I wonder if I am only local election candidate who is firmly against any kind of new stadium at Booker – but who could be FOR the idea of a community stadium IF it were genuinely people- and eco-friendly, and also, crucially –if it were located ON the existing national rail grid, e.g. just along the Chiltern line from High Wycombe?
Imagine a sensible low-running-cost community asset being built adjacent to a (new) halt on the Chiltern Line railway? Like Wembley Stadium is? This would enhance post-cheap-oil-era community travel -and post-match celebration options too! Rail travel is undoubtedly part of the reason the Millennium stadium is so successful – opposite Cardiff’s Mainline Rail and Coach Station – and why it will continue to be so – for 100s of years.
If we the people genuinely decide we need a local stadium, then let’s make sure it will be affordable and convenient to travel there – en masse – and continue being so – onwards and into the long term. A heritage stadium – built to last – of which we could all be proud. One that serves our community – not our councillors.”
Green Party – Marlow South and East
Jem Bailey, Green Party candidate
(Flackwell Heath & Little Marlow)
“I am writing in regards to your request for Council candidates responses on the proposed stadium development at Booker. May I point you in the direction of our manifesto which states;
‘Provide support to community sports clubs and organisations, especially those for young people, but oppose the wasteful use of public money being spent on the proposed Booker stadium development & protect designated Green belt.’
As this is not only the local party’s view, but since I wrote it of course mine, so you have my full backing. I cannot see in any circumstances, that as an elected councillor, I could go against the views of people who voted & supported me.
Green Party Flackwell Heath & Little Marlow
Position statement by Neil Timberlake, Liberal Democrat candidate for Chiltern Rise ward, Wycombe District Council.:
“London Wasps and Wycombe Wanderers have argued that the development of a community stadium is essential to the clubs’ future profitability and long-term viability, and that a move to this new, larger stadium is necessary because of development constraints at Adams Park, and the transport and safety difficulties arising from the single access road.
“Firstly, an examination of the published accounts of Football League clubs shows that MANY are loss-making, some with substantial accumulated debts. In many cases, the wage bills alone exceed 80% of total club turnover (I have in the past seen some reported as exceeding 100% of turnover!). It is up to the Football authorities, and the clubs concerned, to address these absurd and unsustainable business models, by reducing the ridiculously high wages played to players, and the transfer fees, and agents’ fees that go with them. I cannot accept that it is the business of a local authority such as Wycombe District Council to ‘bail out’ the finances of a privately-owned sports club in the way that seems to be at the heart of the stadium proposals.
“I want to emphasise that I am a supporter of Wycombe Wanderers (indeed I have been a season -ticket holder for most of the last 10 years), and also an occasional attender at London Wasps fixtures. I want to see the clubs prosper, but I cannot accept that this should be achieved by offloading business costs, and risks, onto Council tax-payers; nor that the clubs and the Council should seek to achieve this by over-turning long-established planning rules and distorting the housing and other planning priorities of the Council.
“Finally, I belive that Adams Park is perfectly capable of meeting the legitimate aspirations of both clubs to enhance their customers’ matchday and conference experience, and that the Council should be prepared to work closely with the clubs to enable reasonable further development to take place at Adams Park. It will be essential that proper travel-planning methods are put in place as a vital component of this development. Neither the clubs nor the District Council have done anything like enough to ensure that the majority of fans reach the ground by methods other than by car. Outside of politics I am a transport professional, and believe that the problems caused to local Sands residents as well as the other various objections raised against increased use of Adams Park, are perfectly capable of being managed and reduced. If I am elected – if a Liberal Democrat-run Council is elected on May 5th – then I will work hard to promote and develop specific transport-based solutions to the stadium issue.”
Best regards Neil Timberlake
Helen Ingram, Labour Candidate
(Marlow North and West Ward)
Subject: Candidate against the stadium
I am against the stadium proposals.