I would say the plans are to get a stadium to progress to the football league but increasingly it is obvious that it needs to happen to even aim to stand still - it is also about sustainability and, in effect, survival. The repair costs in the next few years are scary. The current ground has been there 100 years and the new one needs to aim to be there for at least as long; there is no second go at this. To say the capacity should be just 5000 is ridiculous IMO and it has been clearly stated that reducing the capacity doesn't actually save much in terms of overall cost. The plans of 9000 have considerable standing which, if they had to change in the next century to seating would bring the capacity down anyway.
In terms of traffic you quote a one off issue with roadworks at a very exceptional time for an area less than a mile from a major town centre; I live in central Guildford now and believe me in all my travels to the club at all hours travel is not IMO a huge problem. The traffic surveys have been done officially and at all hours and the overall plans have been audited by independent planners and architects and positively approved. The statement that the gym club, David Lloyd and snooker club virtually equals new traffic can be verified by the official reports and I was there when this was presented to the Council.
There is a lot more could be said but I would simply say I appreciate some of the issues raised but I have spoken to quite a few very local residents who are very comfortable/ even excited with what has been presented and it also brings a huge amount of community benefit to an ambitious and growing town. The club has been there for 100 years and this is a self contained development which brings medical benefits, retail benefits, education benefits, green benefits, affordable housing benefits, community work benefits and a stadium which will be set up for a sustainable club for the future; not sure what the alternative for the club would be in the long term
Not wanting to get into an extended dialogue but putting the other side
I agree that WFC needs a mordern stadium as the old one has reached its sell by date, but not to the detriment of the local area. The Stadium needs to embrance the local area as it stands at the moment and not become a blott on the landscape. Over developing of the area with large 11 storey residential blocks do not fit in with the surrounding areas. Also where would all the supporters park if a capacity of 9k was realised. There would only be one answer and that is to park in the surrounding roads which would clog up the main artery around the ground bringing it to a standstill on match days. Also if WFC did get promotion to the football league the attendance probably would not increase significantly much above 3.5k to 4k.
If you have tried driving past the ground recently during the rush hour periods then you would realise what the current traffic problems are like and which will become alot worst when the development is being built with site traffic and afterwards once the development has been completed. I cannot believe that any survey carried out takes into consideration the local resident and most of it is theoretical.