Barnet FC planning appeal decision disgraceful says MP

An MP has described Harrow Borough Council’s decision not to fight Barent FC’s Planning appeal as "disgraceful".

On Wednesday evening a special meeting of the council’s planning committee voted not to submit any evidence to the Planning Inspectorate in the appeal lodged by the football club.

The decision effectively gives Barnet planning permission for changes made to the west stand of the stadium and the height of the floodlights.

MP for Harrow East Bob Blackman said: “It is utterly disgraceful and shows nothing but contempt for everyone who has had their view blighted and whose homes are being lit up all hours by the ridiculous situation with the floodlights.

“Barnet FC have shown a staggering brass neck by refusing to correct these issues and for pursing legal action instead. It is beyond disappointing that these councillors are siding with them and trampling on local concerns.

“People living in Queensbury and Edgware will remember this betrayal and I doubt they will be voting Labour for the foreseeable future because of it.”

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7:23pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Derek Rocholl says...

I have to say I am completely baffled by Bob Blacman's position on this issue. Barnet FC's investment at the Hive has: created a brilliant sports and recreational facility in the borough; given a home to London's only professional Rugby League club and the new London Bees Womens Football League team; created over 200 new jobs in the area; and, provided substantial work experience opportunities for young people through the tie up with Stanmore college. Barnet fans working with the Club have successfully encouraged and advised fellow supporters to park responsibility and to treat the area with respect with regard to noise and litter, and have even donated over 400 boxes of cereal to the local food bank. Despite the attempts of local politicians of both colours the "issues" about the height of the West Stand and flood lights appear to have generated few if any resident's complaints to the council. Given that there is a tube line embankment in the way, it is really difficult to see whose amenity is affected by the height of the West Stand and all of the evidence seems to suggest that the design of the flood lights results in less rather than more light pollution than would have been the case if they had stuck with the original design. The Council planning committee made the right decision to avoid wasting the sort of tax payers money that their Barnet counterparts seem to enjoy chucking around. Perhaps when he gets booted out in 2015 Mr Blackman would do well to take a trip across the Edgware Road to look for his way back to the political gravy train he has enjoyed at our expense for so long.
I have to say I am completely baffled by Bob Blacman's position on this issue. Barnet FC's investment at the Hive has: created a brilliant sports and recreational facility in the borough; given a home to London's only professional Rugby League club and the new London Bees Womens Football League team; created over 200 new jobs in the area; and, provided substantial work experience opportunities for young people through the tie up with Stanmore college. Barnet fans working with the Club have successfully encouraged and advised fellow supporters to park responsibility and to treat the area with respect with regard to noise and litter, and have even donated over 400 boxes of cereal to the local food bank. Despite the attempts of local politicians of both colours the "issues" about the height of the West Stand and flood lights appear to have generated few if any resident's complaints to the council. Given that there is a tube line embankment in the way, it is really difficult to see whose amenity is affected by the height of the West Stand and all of the evidence seems to suggest that the design of the flood lights results in less rather than more light pollution than would have been the case if they had stuck with the original design. The Council planning committee made the right decision to avoid wasting the sort of tax payers money that their Barnet counterparts seem to enjoy chucking around. Perhaps when he gets booted out in 2015 Mr Blackman would do well to take a trip across the Edgware Road to look for his way back to the political gravy train he has enjoyed at our expense for so long. Derek Rocholl
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Duke of Chandos says...

Nothing to be baffled about! First and foremost Bob is a politician whose only agenda is ensuring he stays in Westminster by selling himself to whoever he sees will vote for him.

Secondly you have to be aware of the "good cop bad cop" routine he is playing all the time with "our Susan" aka the Leader of Harrow Council as seen in in the vast majority of articles on this website.

There is no place for national politics played along party lines in local politics. The residents of Harrow deserve better. They deserve good Ward Councillors who are prepared to work for those they represent. Sadly this is no longer evident in the current Councillors hence the hung Council although "our Susan" would have you believe otherwise.

Also, those in Harrow East deserve a proper representative in Westminster not one who picks his causes according to where he thinks he will win votes.
Nothing to be baffled about! First and foremost Bob is a politician whose only agenda is ensuring he stays in Westminster by selling himself to whoever he sees will vote for him. Secondly you have to be aware of the "good cop bad cop" routine he is playing all the time with "our Susan" aka the Leader of Harrow Council as seen in in the vast majority of articles on this website. There is no place for national politics played along party lines in local politics. The residents of Harrow deserve better. They deserve good Ward Councillors who are prepared to work for those they represent. Sadly this is no longer evident in the current Councillors hence the hung Council although "our Susan" would have you believe otherwise. Also, those in Harrow East deserve a proper representative in Westminster not one who picks his causes according to where he thinks he will win votes. Duke of Chandos
  • Score: 7

5:12pm Sun 20 Apr 14

SteveLong says...

The Hive development had a 5200 capacity stadium approved in 2008. Bob Blackman used the development as a selling point in his 2010 campaign leafletting. Clearly Bob had no idea what had been approved or by the sounds of things he would've not been so gushing towards the Hive at that time. Now that Bob has discovered that the centrepiece of the Hive is a 5200 capacity community stadium he appears to have gone off the idea and is attempting to prevent modifications to enhance disabled use, reduce spectator noise by providing internal space and reduce light pollution with a modern lighting solution. What he is asking the council to do is force the Hive to make the facilities and the effect on residents worse, is that wise?

This is hardly in line with the petition you signed is it Bob.
http://www.parliamen
t.uk/edm/2013-14/124
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It's a shame Bob has decided to distribute anti-hive leaflets as part of his election campaign this time around in light of his enthusiasm for excellent local sport facilities. I suspect that once again he hasnt looked at what he is advocating/opposing before looking to use the Hive for political purposes.
The Hive development had a 5200 capacity stadium approved in 2008. Bob Blackman used the development as a selling point in his 2010 campaign leafletting. Clearly Bob had no idea what had been approved or by the sounds of things he would've not been so gushing towards the Hive at that time. Now that Bob has discovered that the centrepiece of the Hive is a 5200 capacity community stadium he appears to have gone off the idea and is attempting to prevent modifications to enhance disabled use, reduce spectator noise by providing internal space and reduce light pollution with a modern lighting solution. What he is asking the council to do is force the Hive to make the facilities and the effect on residents worse, is that wise? This is hardly in line with the petition you signed is it Bob. http://www.parliamen t.uk/edm/2013-14/124 5 It's a shame Bob has decided to distribute anti-hive leaflets as part of his election campaign this time around in light of his enthusiasm for excellent local sport facilities. I suspect that once again he hasnt looked at what he is advocating/opposing before looking to use the Hive for political purposes. SteveLong
  • Score: 4

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