EIGHTY-ONE per cent of respondents to the recent public consultation about the future of the Linford Christie Stadium backed QPR's preferred option 3, a major redevelopment.
Over 8,000 people took part, half of them either local residents or users of the existing facilities, which are in a poor condition. More than seven out of ten respondents were from London, the metropolis that the Linford Christie Stadium serves. And a huge majority (77 per cent) said ‘professional sports’ should be a future use of the site.
Responding to the consultation results, QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: “I want to thank the many thousands of local residents and stakeholders, some of whom are QPR supporters but also many who are not, who told the consultation they want the club to stay in the area as part of the redevelopment of Linford Christie Stadium.
“Half of the respondents are local residents or are regular users of the existing facilities. The fact that more than four out of every five of them spoke up in favour of a major redevelopment of Linford Christie Stadium is a huge endorsement of the QPR option.
“By far the most popular answers about uses of the site were for a professional sports team and to promote community sport, both of which are what we hope a development involving QPR and QPR in the Community Trust would offer.
“This is all still at a relatively early stage and the council and the Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust will need some time to decide how they wish to proceed.
“We are very grateful for the support the community has shown us so far. QPR is a club with the community at its heart, and it is humbling to know that our continued presence, and the work of QPR in the Community Trust, is valued in the area to such an extent.”
A summary of the survey results can be viewed HERE.
QPR’s response to the consultation, which was published in April, asking for a 30,000 stadium and community sports hub, can be viewed HERE.