Reports that Tottenham Hotspur may be looking outside Haringey for a site to build a new stadium have caused dismay among local Liberal Democrats. The party is worried that an exodus of such a local institution would spell disaster for the area and harm the local economy. Tottenham Hotspur directors met on 3rd October 2007 to discuss a proposal that would build a 60,000 capacity stadium in Enfield. Lib Dems have called on Haringey Council to do all it can to ensure that the club has the backing it needs and that the Council opens meaningful discussions.
Cllr Matt Davies (Lib Dem, Fortis Green), a Spurs supporter himself, comments:
“Spurs is a great club with great local support. I have always believed that White Hart Lane can be redeveloped to give us greater capacity and keep us in our Haringey home. The Council need to recognise what a major asset Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is to out borough and wake up to the seriousness of the situation. If Spurs feel they have to move out of Haringey, it would be a disaster for fans and for the local community.”
Cllr Robert Gorrie, Lib Dem finance spokesperson, adds:
“You only have to look over the borough boundary into Islington to see what an enormous benefit the redevelopment of the new Arsenal football ground can have on the local area and economy. Islington Council did a great job working with the club to come to a position whereby the team stayed in the borough. These are lessons Haringey need to learn.”
Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green adds:
“The loss of such a major sporting icon from our borough would be a disaster for the community on so many levels.The Gunners’ new stadium has such had a huge positive impact for Islington, and Haringey Council needs to fight tooth and nail to provide the same vision and success for Spurs to stop them going elsewhere.”