ISA rally postponed on Newham advice

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 6th March 2018

The West Ham United Independent Supporters' Association (WHUISA) has confirmed that they will not be staging a rally in Stratford this weekend on the advice of local authorities.

In a statement released by the ISA this afternoon, it was revealed that Newham Council had asked for more time to discuss plans with the group, who had hoped to re-arrange a fans' protest following the Real West Ham Fans Action Group's (RWHFAG) decision to cancel theirs last week.

"The West Ham United Independent Supporters Association (WHUISA) wishes to register its disappointment that the group has been unable to gain permission to hold a peaceful, lawful demonstration this Saturday, 10th March 2018," read a statment released by the Association.

"Correspondence received today from Newham Council stated 'it would be beneficial to all parties if we could postpone for a short period of time to give everyone time to consider a proposal which would be safe for participants, without substantial disruption to the road network and agreeable to stakeholders, landowners and those with responsibility for safety in the area.'

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"Since Thursday 1st March, the WHUISA committee has worked tirelessly with the authorities in order to comply with all proper regulations and procedures needed to hold a march. On behalf of the WHUISA committee, we would like to thank all those who have been involved with the efforts including the hundreds of new members who have joined us. The issue of a protest march will not be raised again until the WHUISA AGM later in the year, details of which will be sent to members."

The FSF-recognised organisation - who are the latest in a long line of independent supporter associations (ISAs) to represent West Ham in recent years, following on from the likes of WHUST (West Ham United Supporters Trust, 2002-2005) and WHISA (West Ham Independent Supporters' Association, 2013-2015) - also denied suggestions that they are affiliated with any particular political party.

"Claims were also made that the group is affiliated with the Mayor of London's office," added the statement. "This is untrue. WHUISA is a resolutely non-political, democratic, completely independent organisation, proudly affiliated to the FSF and will continue to work for the benefit of all West Ham United supporters and to hold the board to account.

"We believe that this commitment to transparency is a fundamental requirement of WHUISA's role as a voice of West Ham fans. All our work is done in consultation with our members so we hope if you are not already a member you will join us now for just ?1."

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