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Stamford Bridge expansion: Council reveals how it will spend some of Chelsea's millions from stadium deal

Improvements will be made to CCTV, housing and transport from the £22m set aside for community schemes and upgrades to local facilities

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has revealed where some of the £22 million it is being given by Chelsea as part of the Stamford Bridge expansion will be spent.

Improvements will be made to housing, CCTV and transport routes, the local authority said.

The football club agreed to pay for a series of community schemes and upgrades to local facilities within the borough as part of plans to transform Stamford Bridge into a 60,000-seat stadium.

It follows the council’s decision to grant planning permission to redevelop Stamford Bridge , which currently has a 41,663 capacity.

Chelsea's vision for the new Stamford Bridge(Image: Herzog & de Meuron/Chelsea FC)

Council leader Stephen Cowan said: “This planning approval is a great result for the club.

"And it also scores £22m worth of community benefits for local people.

“Now we will hold Chelsea to account, to ensure their promises are made real, and these benefits are delivered.”

The £22m contribution includes:

  • £6m for increased street cleaning after matches, towards CCTV coverage of the area, for improved transport routes to and from the ground and amendments to parking zones where needed, and for other environmental improvements.
  • £3.75m for affordable housing, plus the re-provision of nearly 40 homes within Chelsea Village that will be lost when the stadium is rebuilt.
  • £12m for community facilities and services, community outreach programmes, and better leisure facilities'
  • £100,000 towards establishing a new Fulham Broadway business group, to promote and support local traders.
  • Chelsea have also undertaken to cover any additional match day costs to the council which are linked to the increase in capacity.

The money from Chelsea comes on top of additional matchday costs to the council, linked to the increase in capacity, and extra job opportunities created by the new stadium and its construction .

Cllr Cowan continued: “The expanded Stamford Bridge will be seen worldwide. And as a borough with three professional football clubs , we are proud to be known as a place of sporting excellence.

“We will now ensure the community benefits improve the lives of local people.”

The Premiership club has also made assurances about plans to help mitigate the impact on local businesses during the three years the team is expected to spend playing at a new stadium while Stamford Bridge is being rebuilt.

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