homeless club with a Premiership history and Milton Keynes' ambitions for a national
standard stadium. We do, however, maintain contact with a number of Football League
clubs as previously detailed to you."
Milton Keynes and the development of a landmark sports stadium within our borough."
background is in the music industry. His other main interest is football. His energy
and commitment to the project were self-evident. His enthusiasm for the project and
it has to be said for Milton Keynes itself, was almost infectious, and obviously
76. MKSC is made up of various partners from local government, commerce and
industry (including retail and hotel groups), community groups, parish councils and
the like. Mr Winkelman spoke with passion of the benefits for the area, and for
football in general, of having a team of the stature of WFC in the new stadium which
will be ready for the start of the 2004/5 season. It will be owned by WFC and paid
for by commercial and retail enabling development. He believes that with over
40,000 school children in the area WFC will be fantastic news.
77. He is an advocate for retaining the identity of WFC and would work with the
Football League and WFC to achieve this, if we gave permission for the relocation.
He talked of renaming the area “Wimbledon Park” or renaming roads and of the
similarities between the new town of Milton Keynes (now almost 30 years old) and
78. MKSC would obtain a stake in WFC if the plan went ahead and he personally
was passionately committed (whilst promoting all that was good about Milton
Keynes) to maintaining WFC’s links to its history, traditions and community. He was
happy with all the practical suggestions we put in this regard relating to name, strip,
branding and the like. He believes the vast majority of WFC fans will travel and will
feel at home in the “National Bowl”.
79. We found him to be a passionate and frank witness, who is genuinely
concerned to promote the interests of Milton Keynes and WFC."