GASP – Groups Against the Stadium Proposals is a coalition of different groups including parish councils, residents’ associations, sports clubs, conservation/environmental bodies and individual people who believe the stadium proposals are flawed.
By stadium proposals, we mean the intention of the owners of Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps to build a new so-called ‘Community stadium’ development including hotels, bars, restaurants, retail outlets and some sports facilities. To do this, up to 200 acres of Green Belt land will be built on and sold off for a large-scale housing development of up to 2000 houses. The preferred site for all this development is Booker airfield.
GASP members have different individual objections, but all agree that it is fundamentally wrong to build on Green Belt land without good cause (no persuasive case has been put), to gamble public money on what is essentially a private enterprise for Wycombe Wanderers’ and London Wasp’s owners, and to put pressure on an already struggling road system.
GASP members have formed focus groups according to individual expertise to tackle the concerns about the stadium proposals. The stadium plans are so fundamentally flawed that we have many avenues open to us on which to fight the development.
These include the flawed public consultation process, the inadequate financial plans, the questions over the legality of building on land which has covenants in place, the inadequate infrastructure and the simple need and community desire for a new stadium development.
How can it be a community stadium when the community doesn’t want it. We are the community, and we will prevail!