Shabana Mahmood MP Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood
Shabana has written to Birmingham City Football Club after delays to stadium repairs have extended into the new football season.
In March, Shabana met senior officials from the club and received verbal assurances the repairs would be completed in time.
Over a month into the new season St. Andrews remains at a significantly reduced capacity.
In her letter, Shabana restates the concerns of Blues fans regarding the financial structure and ownership of the club.
You can read the letter in full below.
Letter to BCFC
Dear Ian Dutton
I am writing to you to once again enquire about the progress of the repair works taking place on the Tilton and Kop Stands in St Andrews Stadium.
I am incredibly disappointed to see that the stands remain unfixed and in a dilapidated state, limiting the number of fans that can attend matches.
In March, I attended a meeting with Club officials who gave me assurances that the stands would be repaired and operational again by the start of this year’s season. However, we are now far beyond that date and the stadium capacity remains significantly reduced.
Fans remain concerned that given the prospective cost of the repairs and the reduced stadium capacity, the club is losing a significant amount of money in revenue. They believe it is imperative that the works are completed as quickly and as cost-efficiently as possible.
Please can you inform me what plan exists that sets out how you will get the stadium repaired as quickly as possible.
I would also be keen to understand whether this is a priority of the prospective owners, Paul Richardson and Maxi Lopez. I would ask them to outline detailed timescales and financial plans for the necessary repair works as well as their long-term plans on stadium ownership.
For too long fans have been left in the dark about the financial structure and ownership of the club. We need to see real progress that the club is turning a corner, and one of the first steps will be to finally get St Andrews fully operational again.
Shabana Mahmood MP