Harrow approves Barnet move

LB Harrow has approved plans for Barnet FC to move in to the borough and play league games at The Hive.

The club will pay its home games at The Hive Football Centre in Prince Edward Playing Fields from August next year, before which Barnet FC must now complete the 5,176 seat stadium and fulfil the existing planning conditions on the land. They will have a ten-year lease to play games at the centre.

LB Harrow said that the club will also meet the costs for widening Camrose Avenue. They will also, according to the Harrow Times, help current tenant Wealdstone FC to help them find a new home for the club in the borough.  Wealdstone had begun the building of a new stadium on the site, but the project stalled in 2004, and was only picked up again when Barnet FC proposed a training centre and youth academy.

The Hive is now nearing the end of a £4m redevelopment with a new gym, bar, changing facilities and offices. many of the facilities will be available for community use.

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Property and Major Contracts and Deputy Leader, Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar, said: “Barnet Football Club could bring tremendous social and economic benefits to the local community. It would offer access to the club facilities and link its services to schools, colleges, and community groups.

“Football Clubs are aware of their responsibility to the local community. They promote sport and good health, encourage local residents to become members, and provide local preference schemes for tickets to attend games.

“They bring employment and training opportunities to the community and generate income from match days which raises the profile of the borough.”

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