Chelsea FC's mooted move to Twickenham Stadium has received a cautious welcome from an Isleworth councillor, who says it would be popular with the club's big local fan base.

But Labour councillor Ed Mayne, whose Isleworth ward is on Twickenham's doorstep, says more facts are needed - especially when it comes to transport and policing.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has confirmed it received an enquiry from the Premier League side about the possibility of using Twickenham for home games while their own Stamford Bridge venue is expanded.

But both sides say there have been 'no discussions of any substance' about the possibility of a year-long ground share, which is unlikely to take place before 2016/17 should it happen.

Mr Mayne today told getwestlondon he believed the move could work but a number of issues would need to be addressed for it to happen.

"There are a number of Chelsea fans in Isleworth who I'm sure would be very pleased to see their club playing at a local ground," he said.

"But the council would have to take into account the different nature of football and rugby crowds, not least the fact home and away fans are segregated for football matches unlike in rugby.

Isleworth councillor Ed Mayne (

"There are also issues with traffic and parking which would have to be addressed, especially when it comes to bus links, but in my experience local residents are quite well adjusted to rugby crowds.

"As long as there's some way of keeping the local community informed I'm sure if the RFU decided to host Chelsea we could come to some arrangement about how it would work.

Hounslow Council leader Steve Curran also supported Chelsea's use of the stadium in principle.

He said: "We would welcome Chelsea temporarily moving to Twickenham. With Brentford, our home club, booming and the Rugby World Cup coming next year on our doorstep, this is a great time for sports fans in Hounslow.

"My only concern, however, would be the impact of traffic on our residents. If Chelsea and Twickenham can work with us on this issue, the thought of the Blues moving down the road is exciting."

Brentford and Isleworth MP Mary Macleod sounded a slightly less welcoming note, saying; “We need to know more about Chelsea's plans to use Twickenham Stadium.

"I know some local people will have concerns about security and traffic. It is right that we let them know as early as possible about what exactly Chelsea is proposing and how this will affect the local area.

"I will be monitoring the situation very closely and will be in touch with the RFU in the coming days."

But her reaction was more positive than that from politicians over the border in the borough of Richmond.

Twickenham MP Vince Cable yesterday wrote on Twitter that he had written to the RFU about the proposal, adding 'V serious concerns and need for facts ASAP'.

Councillor Geoff Acton, who represents St Margarets and North Twickenham, was reported as saying any move to host a Premier League Club at the stadium would be 'resisted very strongly' by local residents.

An RFU spokesperson said: "We are regularly contacted by a variety of organisations, within and outside sport, on a wide range of opportunities concerning the use of what we believe is a world-class stadium. We have had an enquiry from Chelsea Football Club but have not had any discussions of any substance.

"While we don't comment on any specific confidential conversations, each request is taken on its merit, assessing a variety of factors, from the effect on the pitch, availability, transport and local considerations and other important implications."

A Chelsea spokesman was reported as saying it was investigating different scenarios but there had been 'no discussions of substance so far'.