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QPR1st – the Queens Park Rangers Supporters Trust
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COmment on the QPR fans Forum with Tony Fernades

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Warren Farm takes a step closer

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Cheque presentation at Loftus Road 
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QPR 1st Supporters Trust back historic community project

QPR 1st Supporters Trust is donating £8,000 in support of QPR in the Community Trust’s intergenerational media project engaging fans, young people and the local community to chart the history of QPR FC.

The Story of QPR, being produced by QPR in The Community Trust in partnership with the Octavia Foundation, takes a historical look at the club from the point of view of the R’s fans.

The project will provide opportunities for fans and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to contribute and be involved throughout the research and planning stages. A further 40 young people will be recruited and trained in film-making, media, research and heritage skills as part of the production of the film and other accompanying materials, including a podcast, soundtrack and website.

Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust, said: “QPR in the Community Trust wants to involve young people and fans. We are delighted to be working with QPR 1st in a project that will give the opportunity to local young people to produce their own DVD, interviewing fans about their relationship with QPR and their history of the club.

“This project is particularly relevant as the club prepares to move away from Loftus Road and will provide an important record of the club, staff, players, and fans alike as the club begins a new chapter.”

The cheque was presented prior to Saturday’s Championship clash with Burnley at Loftus Road as part of the Trust’s 20 year anniversary celebrations.

It follows an award made by the Premier League Charitable Fund and the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) to QPR in the Community Trust to support the costs of the project.

“This is a project that will celebrate the close relationship between QPR and its supporters,” Chair of QPR 1st Supporters Trust, Stephen Dedridge, added.

“At a time of planned change it is particularly important to look at the heritage of QPR, and what makes us a very special club. That link between the club, its supporters and the communities of west London is an important part of its heritage and vital for the future too.

“QPR 1st has been looking after the Hoops Fund since it was raised by supporters at a time of dire financial crisis for the club ten years ago. Now some of that money is being used to give something back to supporters with what should be an excellent record of the club and its fans.”

The film will receive a preview screening at Loftus Road this summer, before beginning a screening tour of cinemas, schools and community centres across London. 

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Our response to the consultation Old Oak – a vision for the future
QPR 1st, the independent supporters’ trust for Queens Park Rangers football club, has considered the information provided for this consultation. 

We are an organisation of QPR supporters and have an interest in these developments, in particular as they affect the club, which is situated in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (W12 7PJ), and its supporters. 

We note that a proposal for a possible football stadium is included in this consultation document.

An illustration (Figure 4.3) shows a proposed stadium in what would potentially be the first area within the development proposal to be regenerated; north of the Grand Union Canal.

The document suggests a football stadium would help to kick-start regeneration in that area.

Without prejudice to any club decision on the best site for a new QPR stadium, we can see that a stadium on that site would have benefits to the overall development plans and to the regeneration of the area.

 We would like to see this proposal remain on the table to allow further discussion on its practicality as a site for a new stadium for the club.

We strongly endorse the comments in the consultation document that developers must ensure excellent, safe pedestrian links from Willesden Junction tube and overground services to the stadium, and to future Crossrail/HS2 stations. #QPR  

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Mark Donnelly speaking about stadium design, hopefully the supporters will be consulted before the design architects, the new stadium is going to be primarily a football stadium, at least we hope so

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Interesting response from Ealing Council to Warren Farm local objections

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QPR 1st, the supporters’ trust, is on the local authority list of organisations it consults with on planning issues at the Shepherds Bush end of the borough.
To help us to comment on one current consultation – which shows a possible new stadium close to Willesden Junction station – we have written to the club asking for advice and information.
The consultation is on regeneration proposals for the Old Oak Common – Park Royal area and come from the Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL), Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Brent Councils.
The consultation document shows a sports stadium in what is now an industrial estate area to the north of the Grand Union Canal, close to Willesden Junction Overground and Bakerloo Line stations. It is about two miles north of Loftus Road. The document says, “In this location it may be possible for a major educational, health, leisure, entertainment or sports provider to help to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area, by frontloading the provision of infrastructure and giving the area an identity.”
This may be one of the options the club is looking at for the new stadium, in which case QPR 1st would like to able to tell the Mayor and the councils we think this would be an appropriate development for the area - while recognising the club may also be looking at other options too. 
Were this site to be option for QPR, it would also be appropriate for us to support proposals in the document for good pedestrian links, passing the stadium, from both Willesden Junction and a new Old Oak Common Crossrail/HS2 station.
We hope the club will give us enough information to allow us to respond to the consultation. We are, of course, also expecting the club to fully consult supporters on the new stadium so that it becomes a ground we can all feel proud of.
 More information on the proposals, is at: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/planning/consultations/old-oak-common. The consultation ends on 6 September. 

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