A summerised version of the Reporter's comments can be found below (Failing that buy a copy!):
Mr Burden (Gravesham Borough Council Leader) said:
"I suspect Gillingham will come to Gravesham area and I will welcome them because they will put us on the map in football terms . . . However my support for Gravesend and Northfleet Football Club has not diminished."
The Reporter claims Gillingham:
" . . .are expected to submit planning applications in the next few months at which stage the locations of the sites will be confirmed."
At last Thursday's press conference Gillingham Chairman Paul Scally indicated for the first time that Gravesham was his top priority venue for a new ground. He said "If I were new to Kent and was looking to build a stadium I would want an area with a dense population and good road and rail links. Ashford and Gravesham satisfy these but I am looking for sites in a 12 mile radius of Gillingham and Ashford is outside that."
The Reporter asks "But where?" in Gravesham for the new stadia:
"The Reporter believes them (2 locations) to be the Northfleet Embankment and the Canal Basin, Denton.
The Northfleet Embankment will become vacant when Lafarge Cement works is decommissioned in 2008. The site looks the most likely of the two . . . The Canal Basin appears an unlikely option because existing plans for redevelopment including 1000 homes with commercial and uses."
Hold on a minute . . . Isn't the Lafarge Cement works the large factory at the top of Stonebridge Road itself!? (on the left as you walk up towards The Hill). The Lafarge Cement works has a private road that leads down to The Thamesway and Springhead Road - thereby providing easy access to the A2.
That really would be taking the biscuit if they plan to build their stadium on a site that aligns with Stonebridge Road!