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 Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 16:34 GMT
Bees unveil stadium plans
Brentford's current Griffin Park ground
Brentford are losing money at Griffin Park
Brentford Supporters Trust, Bees United, have unveiled plans for a 23,000-seater stadium as part of a 200m project.

Bees United are trying to buy the club from chairman Ron Noades and have identified a prospective new site within a mile of the side's present Griffin Park home.

The Second Division outfit have been at Griffin Park for 98 years but it is no longer financially viable to remain at the ground.

Brentford have enough funds to last until January and if this scheme is a goer that could change

Brentford chairman Ron Noades

The new stadium would ideally be built within the next three years.

"This is a new dawn for Brentford and I am very optimistic we can achieve a new stadium at Lionel Road," said Bees United chairman and Brentford director John McGlashan.

"Not only do we have to leave Griffin Park, but we have to have somewhere to go, and this scheme is a realistic dream."

Brentford, who have outline planning permission to demolish Griffin Park and use the proceeds to refinance the club, have ambitious plans for the new stadium.

They are negotiating a groundshare with a local rugby club and plan to include retail, corporate and car parking facilities within the venue.

A monorail link to Heathrow Airport, which would be franchised out, could also be included but no Government approval has been given to such a venture.

Noades was cautiously optimistic about the scheme, but wants to see more detail.

He said: "I think it's realistic if the local authority help us.

"The board do not know enough about the proposal yet. Brentford have enough funds to last until January and if this scheme is a goer that could change."

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