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Tottenham Hotspur given further headache over stadium plans


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Tottenham Hotspur given further headache over stadium plans Tottenham Hotspur given further headache over stadium plans

Tottenham Hotspur's fractious relationship with the local business community shows no sign of improving after traders voiced concerns over plans to move White Hart Lane station.

Work on the new 56,000-seat stadium is currently stalled as the Premier League club waits for Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to give the green light on a compulsory purchase order to buy up land currently occupied by firm Archway Sheet Metal Works.

But now businesses on the west side of Tottenham High Road have provided another headache by claiming that the plan to move the station further up the road deprives their shops of match-day footfall.

The move is part of the wider regeneration project - including homes, retail and leisure facilities - surrounding the building of the new stadium, which would be connected to the new station by a walkway.

Patricia Pearcy, vice-chairman of the Tottenham Business Group, told the Haringey Independent that moving the station had always been a “non-negotiable” part of the redevelopment from the point of view of the club, despite resistance from local business owners.

She said: “Moving the station means that those extra customers funnelled straight through the walkway, so that the council and Spurs maintain control of the extra retail traffic.

"It deprives the businesses who are allowed to remain on the High Road of that extra business."

She added: “The station has been in White Hart Lane for decades and the footfall had never been a problem. The crowd dissipated as it walked along the High Street.

“Originally they were going to just remodel the station and keep it where it is now. Local people have been saying, ‘yes, of course, remodel it and make it bigger and better, but leave it where it is’.

“Increased footfall on the High Road is a good thing, but it has to be a good thing for the businesses and the community that is already here.

“We don’t want that community moved out and not to benefit from the regeneration.”

The Tottenham Business Group is composed of the local High Street Shops and businesses that are threatened with demolition through the High Road West Development scheme. The group has been a constant thorn in the side of the club and the council since the regeneration plans were first announced.

Haringey Council defended its plans to move White Hart Lane station, saying that the majority of residents were in support.

A council spokesperson said: “Major improvements to White Hart Lane Station would mean a safer, more accessible entrance for local people and visitors.

“Initial plans were backed by more than three quarters of local residents last summer, and after listening to their feedback we will be consulting on more detailed proposals later this year.

“We’re committed to working closely with local people to bring the better housing, increased job opportunities and improved public transport that they have been clear they want to see.”


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