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Wood plan deserves chop

With fans unsure if Barnet FC has a future in the borough, KEVIN BURCHALL looks at another option for keeping the Bees in Barnet

It may be outside of the borough but Boreham Wood FC's Meadow Park was seriously considered as a possible solution to Barnet FC's stadium problems.

The club weighed up the pros and cons a few years ago before the ill-fated Copthall application but as with other options, the site had one or two problems.

Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter agreed it would be possible to increase his club's capacity from 4,000 to 6,000 but he has no intention of moving.

He said: "We would consider ground sharing but it would have to be agreeable to us, our residents and our council. I have been offered £7.2million for the site but I am a Borehamwood man through and through and there is no way we would consider moving."

Bees chairman Tony Kleanthous said: "It [a ground share] is possible but it would mean not being in the borough and changing councils. That is what we are trying to avoid."

- What would a relocation to Borehamwood entail?

Barnet would seek to purchase the whole site of Boreham Wood FC, including the Meadow Park stadium and associated car park and recreational amenities behind the stadium, which include tennis courts and a bowling green.

The club would then hope to build a stadium or at least get to a minimum capacity of 6,000 to meet Football League and Conference criteria. Barnet FC say they would not consider a ground share.

How easy would that be?

The site is an Open Land Area, which would mean a lengthy planning process. Objections on traffic and noise grounds are also likely.

- Could Barnet not buy the ground or share with Boreham Wood?

They could, but Boreham Wood currently has Enfield Town as its tenants and chairman Danny Hunter has no intention of selling.

Is Meadow Park a possibility then?

Not really. Boreham Wood will only consider a ground share and residents' opposition and planning problems would be one headache too many.

Moving to Boreham Wood FC

Pros:

- Already a stadium there

- Close to Barnet's existing stadium

- In a largely built-up area

Cons:

- Boreham Wood unwilling to sell and only interested in a ground share

- Residents unlikely to approve any plans should Barnet buy the land

- Would take Barnet out of the borough, something the club wants to avoid

Verdict: very unlikely to happen. With Barnet striving to find a home of its own and Boreham Wood only offering a ground share, this looks dead in the water



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