R’s Story further screenings

Please find details of further screening tour dates for the film R’Story:

 

Gate Cinema W11              Mon 30th                       7pm
Crown & Sceptre W12      Sun 12th APR                11am             Donation of £3 at door
Springbok W12                   Sun 12th APR                4 & 5.30pm   £3 – buy tickets at pub

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GLA says clubs building new stadiums should pay the living wage

Clubs planning to build new stadiums as part of regeneration projects should pay the London Living Wage to all stadium employees, according to a charter set to be agreed by the Greater London Authority tomorrow (Wednesday).

This comes three months after QPR1st and others called on the club to commit itself to paying the Living Wage to staff and contractors. The club rejected the call.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who takes over control of planning for the Old Oak regeneration next week, is a big supporter of the London Living Wage, and made the announcement of its increase to £9.15 an hour in November.

He said: “It is extremely encouraging to see companies both large and small recognising the benefits of fair remuneration. The London Living Wage rewards hard working Londoners for their valuable contribution to the productivity and growth of this city’s economy.

“It is a win-win scenario for the workforce and employers alike.”

But not at QPR, apparently. At a time when the club should be trying to win friends and influence people, it seems strange to be so obdurate on this issue, which has cross-party support.

The charter is part of a report prepared by Conservative and Labour members of the GLA’s Regeneration Committee.

It looks at the positive record of stadium-led developments in London and makes a number of recommendations.

The charter says football clubs and relevant local authorities seeking to develop a stadium- led regeneration scheme should commit to measures including:

  • a skills and employment strategy to prepare and upskill local communities in order that they can access the new jobs.
  • paying the London Living Wage to all stadium employees.
  • supporting the Mayor’s housing targets including having both family and social rented affordable housing.
  • consulting with a diverse range of local community and stakeholder groups to identify effective uses of the stadium scheme as a community asset.

The report, to be discussed by the GLA regeneration committee tomorrow is here:

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Regeneration%20Committee%20report%20-%20The%20Regeneration%20Game_0.pdf

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Is that a new stadium way out in the distance?

Any QPR supporter who looks at the Mayor of London’s current consultation on the Old Oak regeneration would be forgiven for thinking that not much progress has been made towards a new QPR stadium.

In December 2013 the club announced the new stadium proposal and that there was a letter of collaboration with the Greater London Authority on the project.

In 2013 the GLA issued a consultation document that included a map on which a stadium was clearly marked.

In 2015 the GLA have published a more detailed map and… there’s no stadium!  And no mention of New Queens Park either (the club’s name for the development).

Nothing is set in stone, but the planners have been busy and the documentation is very thorough in setting out what they want to see at Old Oak. This runs from how the electricity supply would get into the area, where roads and bridges might be, how many schools, and GP practices there need to be, down to how wide the streets should be, and the open spaces needed. The document they are consulting on is the guide to prospective developers on what the planners will want to see in proposals for the area – the planning framework. They brought their plans to three meetings in west London on 10, 11 and 14 March.

Within Old Oak there are two areas – one which will be developed before 2026, and one which will be after 2026.  The club claims it “has control” of 100 acres at Old Oak. It is not clear what that means, and it is not referred to in the GLA documents. What it makes clear is something we already know – that most of the pre-2026 development area is owned by Car Giant.

The documentation does refer briefly, in an appendix, to QPR having consulted on its proposal and that Car Giant is progressing proposals to develop its land. Both are expected to make planning applications next month.  We know Car Giant has spent a great deal of money bringing in big-hitters in the regeneration world to draw up their proposals.

The unique selling point for the QPR proposals is, of course, the stadium.  While no stadium appears in this year’s maps, the benefit of having something like this in the mix to give the regeneration a kick start is recognised.  Tucked away on page 120 of the planning framework document is the statement that the pre-2026 area “has the potential for early delivery of new homes, infrastructure and large-scale uses such as a new educational facility, football stadium, sports complex, health, arts leisure or cultural centre, which could act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area”.

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, chaired by Boris Johnson, will be taking over planning control for the new development in April.

So what will Boris do?  Will he hand the whole massive scheme over to the football club that, by any sensible measure, is broke (but is owned by rich guys) or let the very profitable company that owns the land take the lead?

A Development Corporation officer at one of the meetings implied there might not be a knock-out blow.  Instead the corporation may encourage developers to work together.

Perhaps this is a reason why QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has been raising the issue of talking to Car Giant recently.  (Talking more a year ago might have made sense too.)

So, a new stadium at Old Oak is still possible, but it may need compromise from those QPR directors who would financially benefit from the wider New Queens Park regeneration.

And it looks like we will be in our home at Loftus Road for quite some years yet.

More information on the draft Opportunity Area Planning Framework is available on the Greater London Authority website at https://www.london.gov.uk/oldoakandparkroyal

Jeremy Gardner
QPR1st Trust Board

 

Posted in All News, Boardroom, QPR1st

Details of #ShareTVWealth demonstration announced

The Football Supporters’ Federation  #ShareTVWealth demonstration will be taking place at the Premier League shareholders meeting on 26th March.

 The FSF has now received confirmation of the venue – the Le Meridien Piccadilly hotel.

The demonstration will begin at midday. Supporters will congregate outside the main entrance to the hotel, and will be handing over demands calling for more affordable tickets and better distribution of football’s wealth throughout the football pyramid and grassroots. These will be presented to Premier League representatives at around 1pm. 

The shareholders attending the meeting are the representatives of each Premier League club. It is, in effect lobbying the clubs to use some of the newly-signed £5.14bn TV deal to reduce ticket prices.  A number of clubs have already announced a price freeze for next year’s season tickets. The increase alone over the last domestic TV deal equates to around £46 for every fan, at every PL game.

 The nearest tube for Le Meridien Piccadilly is Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines), while the nearest wheelchair accessible tube station is Westminster (District/Circle and Jubilee lines) around 1 mile away. 

 Full details can be found on the FSF website here.

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Vital questions

QPR’s latest financial statements raise a number of questions.  QPR1st Supporters’ Trust hopes the club will clarify these issues so that supporters can have an accurate picture of what it happening at the club they follow.

The financial statements show the club’s net debt grew to £179.6m for the year ending May last year,  £2.5m more than the previous year.

It shows shareholders wrote off £60m of debts owed to them, which reduced the debt for the year. But, without that, QPR as a business had an operating loss of £69 million, £4m worse than the previous year.

  • Is there a genuine plan to bring spending in line with income, or 
  • Will shareholders continue to write off their debts in the coming years?

The statement shows QPR Holdings Limited spent more than £4m on behalf of Rangers Developments Ltd. This was created in June 2013, with three shareholders; two of whom, including Tony Fernandes, are QPR directors. 

  • What is the role of Rangers Development Ltd? 
  • Will the new stadium will be owned by QPR Holdings – ie the club – or by Rangers Development Ltd?
  • How will the proposed New Queens Park, including the stadium be financed?
  • Will the owners agree to supporters being represented on the management board of the new stadium – to support the maintenance of the stadium’s central role as the home of QPR football club

 The next 12 months will be a momentous year for QPR both on the pitch but also off it as decisions are made over the Old Oak regeneration.  It is vital that supporters and the owners understand each other and work together for the success of the club.

 We will be contacting the club and asking them these questions.

Posted in Boardroom, Community, QPR1st

Beard Gone

Phillip Beard has now left QPR.

His resignation from the club was announced in February and he has now left the club.

We look forward to a fruitful relationship with whoever is appointed in his place.  It is an important role and one which should include listening to and talking with the club’s supporters. 

Posted in Boardroom, Community

Your questions on the match day experience

A fans’ representatives meeting with the club’s safety officer and operations manager will take place next week.

Do you have any issues or questions you want to raise about matchday issues?  Let us know on info@qpr1st.com or on our facebook by Tuesday, 17 March.

Posted in All News, QPR1st

Use the TV money to reduce ticket prices – protest planned

The Football Supporters’ Federation will lead a demonstration of fans at the next meeting of the Premier League’s shareholders (the clubs) held in central London on Thursday 26 March.

The Premier League has  signed a new TV deal worth £5.14bn for the domestic rights alone. The FSF  wants to lobby club owners, chairmen, and chief executives to #ShareTVWealth – that means cheaper tickets for fans and a fairer distribution of football’s wealth throughout the Football League, non-league, and grassroots.

The protest in central London will deliver that message directly to PL clubs. The exact time/venue is to be confirmed – and depends on the venue of the meeting – but register and as soon as the FSF finds out they will let you know. 

The increase in the new TV agreement over the current deal equates to around £46 for every fan at every PL game.

Actions suggested by the FSF

  1. Register for the #ShareTVWealth protest in central London on Thursday 26th March via protest@fsf.org.uk. The FSF will confirm exact time/venue ASAP.
  2. Sign the #ShareTVWealth petition which automatically emails QPR to demand cheaper tickets and more money for lower league/grassroots.
  3. Spread the word! Share this page via Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

More information is in:http://www.fsf.org.uk/latest-news/view/premier-league-london-tv-deal-march

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Public consultation on the draft Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area Planning Framework

QPR1st received the following letter from  GLA )Greater London Authority) regarding the proposed Old Oak development. we urge all QPR supporters who are able to attend the drop in sessions to give their views.

 

“I am writing to inform you that the Mayor of London is consulting on the Draft Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area Planning Framework which will be Supplementary Planning Guidance to the London Plan. The draft framework has been produced by the Greater London Authority with contributions from Transport for London and the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham.

It sets out an ambitious vision and planning guidance to capitalise on future transport improvements to deliver transformative change at Old Oak, regeneration of Park Royal and continue the protection of Wormwood Scrubs.

Public drop-in sessions will be taking place on the below days to enable local people to discuss proposals and provide their views.

 

  • Tuesday 10 March, 3:30pm to 8pm – All Souls Church, Harlesden, NW10 4UJ
  • Wednesday 11 March, 8:30am to 10:30am – Holiday Inn Express, North Acton, W3 6UP
  • Saturday 14 March – 10am to 3pm – Linford Christie Outdoor Sports Centre, Artillery Way, W12 0DF

More information on the draft Opportunity Area Planning Framework is available on the Greater London Authority website at https://www.london.gov.uk/oldoakandparkroyal

You can provide your comments either via email to oldoakparkroyal@london.gov.uk, or in writing to:

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, (Draft Old Oak & Park Royal OAPF), Greater London Authority, Post Point 18, City Hall, Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA.

Paper copies are available upon request by contacting either of the addresses above. Paper copies of the OAPF are also available to view during normal office hours at the following locations:

 

  • Harlesden Library, NW10 8SE
  • Old Oak Community Centre, Braybook Street, W12 0AP
  • City Hall, Queens Walk, London, SE1 2AA”

 

Posted in Community, QPR1st

QPR1st proud to support R’Story Film

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2015/feb/27/qpr-fans-film-rstory-football

http://www.qpr.co.uk/news/article/story-of-qpr-rstory-leroy-fer-sandro-qpr-2300343.aspx

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