Queens Park Rangers have urged supporters to throw their weight behind plans to redevelop the Linford Christie athletics stadium and provide a new home for the club.

The Championship club wants to relocate from its current home at Loftus Road, which they believe is too small and run down.

Moving to a redeveloped Linford Christie Stadium, about a mile away, and part of Wormwood Scrubs, is the best way to keep the club in the area, according to QPR bosses.

The Rs have previously pushed for a new 30,000 QPR Community Stadium as part of a renovation of the site.

“Although we love our home at Loftus Road the club cannot survive here in the long term,” said Michael Hoos, the club’s chief executive.

“It is the third smallest ground in the league, with little or no non-matchday use, facilities that are severely outdated and with no ability to redevelop on site.

“If the club is to be sustainable we have to move and, as far as we can see, QPR’s involvement in the future of the Linford Christie Stadium is the only option that would keep us in W12 in the medium to long term.

“That is why we hope to see a 30,000 seater community stadium at the site that could provide a new long-term home for QPR and also be utilised for community use.”

The consultation is being run by Hammersmith and Fulham Council and is asking residents for their views on redevelopment of the stadium.

It was first opened in 1967 but is out of date and currently losing money, so the council – the sole trustee of the stadium through Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust – wants to know what the community wants to replace it.

Any plans would need approval from Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust Committee as well as potential agreement from the Charity Commission and the Mayor of London, as well as the Ministry of Defence – as the army are entitled to use of the Scrubs area.

If these were signed off then the council would put together development proposals on which residents would again be consulted before any formal decisions were made.

Mr Hoos added: “We share the council’s aim of using a major update of the Linford Christie Stadium site to promote exercise, healthy recreation and community development to benefit the local area.

“We hope that the presence of a community-orientated professional football club like QPR, along with our award-winning charitable arm, QPR in the Community Trust, would help them in realising that goal.

“The current council leadership recognises the role that the club and the Trust play in the local community and we want to work together to keep both of them in the borough, as well as to benefit the area that we consider home.

“The consultation launched today covers the principle of a major redevelopment at the site, not the financial terms.

“But just to be clear, QPR has not asked, is not asking, and will not ask, for anything from the council ‘at a knock-down price’. The council prides itself on ruthless financial efficiency and has a duty to get the best deal for its residents.”

The consultation closes on June 12, to respond visit https://lbhf.citizenspace.com/growth-and-place/linford-christie/