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Thursday, 1 August, 2002, 21:55 GMT 22:55 UK
Hitch for Fulham stadium plans
An artist's impression of the redeveloped Craven Cottage
Will the new Craven Cottage ever be built
Fulham's chances of returning to Craven Cottage seem doubtful after a group of residents made it clear they will do everything possible to move the club away from their home.

Mohamed Al Fayed's club were planning to groundshare with their west London neighbours Queens Park Rangers for the next two years before returning to a 30,000-capacity home in August 2004.

But Fulham chief executive Bruce Langham admitted that nine residents - forming the 'Fulham Alliance' - are forcing the Cottagers to look for new stadium sites elsewhere in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

And the Alliance, who have already fought a three-year legal battle against the Craven Cottage revamp, aim to raise in excess of 100,000 to help their battle.

"It's not suitable to cram in a Premiership football club stadium. It would be a nightmare as the area just isn't big enough," said Alliance chairman Bill Adlard.

"It will overwhelm the transport and squeeze people into the tiny streets. I'm not surprised Fulham are now looking somewhere else.

"Fulham fans should want their club to have the best development they can. We don't believe they can achieve that at this site, so we hope they get the right venue."


We're likely to take this to the European Court of Human Rights if we fail
Bill Adlard, Alliance chairman

The Alliance have asked the House of Lords' appeal committee to force the Secretary of State to reverse his decision not to order a public enquiry into the development.

And the protesters, who expect to hear by October if they have been successful, are submitting a High Court appeal to quash the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham's grant of planning permission for the new stadium.

And Adlard warned: "We're likely to take this to the European Court of Human Rights if we fail.

"We have already raised comfortably in excess of six figures - and we're confident we can do that again.

The Alliance's warning came as Fulham admitted they did make an unsuccessful bid for the 10.3 acre former Dairycrest milk distribution depot in Shepherd's Bush - just around the corner from QPR's Loftus Road ground.

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