The Football Association have given approval for North London club, Tottenham Hotspur to use Wembley Stadium for their home games without consultation.
The FA hasn’t bothered to consult with local residents whom have had to find out from the media that Spurs are moving in to the stadium.
The north London club and its supporters have been given permission to colonize the iconic stadium until their new club is built, which is due for completion in 2018.
Locals left in the lurch
Residents don’t object to Spurs coming to Wembley or any club for that matter, as long as it is thought out. The least the FA could do was to show some consideration to local people by consulting them.
Spurs home games at Wembley will begin after the stadium’s main events season, which starts in spring and usually runs through to the end of summer. This will be a distinct change from the norm, where residents were used to enjoying the quieter autumn / winter season around Wembley, when the events have finished for the year.
This is when the local markets would run undisturbed, especially during the festive periods. For decades, this is how it’s been in Wembley for local folk until the markets, known as the heart of the community were gutted by the panjandrum’s of Quintain and Brent Council. Here we are again, with no consultation whatsoever, residents are expected to put up with year-round events at the stadium.
Will proper measures be put in place?
Spurs could play up to 30 matches at Wembley in one season and they are quite capable of filling the stadium during each game. Resulting in locals experiencing travel disruptions more often than usual, when commuting home from work.
Stadium events are still not run brilliantly by the police and there has been sporadic violence at a few of the big matches this year – notably before the cup final and Millwall fans most recently.
Fans street drinking and urinating are a big concern for residents, who are yet to see proper measures put in place during football matches.
The huge debt of this stadium is not the fault of locals, who have to stay at home on event days as a rule.
This decision makes residents feel like the vast iconic stadium is sitting there looming at the surrounding areas like some kind of North Korean dictator.