Residents react to £8million offer to keep Spurs in Tottenham
17:00 25 August 2011
Boris Johnson is to give a rumoured £8.5million to redevelop the riot-hit area around Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium and the High Road.
The money will come out of the government’s £20million regeneration grant awarded to Tottenham and Croydon in the wake of the riots.
It is understood the offer will grease the wheels for Spurs to push ahead with its original plan to build a new 56,000-seater stadium in White Hart Lane, previously written off as too expensive.
But is the offer fair on other businesses and residents affected by the riots? Or is it more important to keep the club in Haringey, whatever the cost?
Reporter DAISY JESTICO asked the people of Wood Green what they think.
MIKE PAPPERT, 43, of Palmerston Road, Wood Green, said: “It’s not that important to keep Spurs here. I’m an Arsenal supporter and I don’t really know how much good they do for the area. This money could definitely be put to better use, but ultimately I don’t mind whether they stay or go.”
DEREJE MOGES, 47, of Broadwater Farm, Tottenham, said: “I think it’s a great idea, it’s important to keep Spurs in the borough. I’m a fan and it would not be good if they left. It is a lot of money but it’s worth it. They do everything for the borough, they give business for the community.”
MIKE KAMLER, 28, who works in a pharmacy and lives in Cranbrook Park, Wood Green, said: “From a business perspective the kind of money here is not really a lot compared to what they usually deal with. But it would be a big mistake for the club and for the community if they were to leave. They should be there to help rejuvenate the community rather than just pick up and leave. Maybe they should use the money to train kids and do something in the community.”
ANNETTE COLLEN, 53, a nurse, of White Hart Lane, Wood Green, said: “They probably generate the equivalent in money for the area fairly quickly. But we do need this money to be spent on the more immediate issues so I don’t think it is a good idea. I would like the club to stay but I don’t think they should be paid to stay.”
KELECHI NLEWEDIM, 18, a student from Edmonton, said: “If they can stay in Tottenham they can build in Tottenham, so I think it’s right to give them that money. If the club moved out of the area they just could not call themselves Tottenham Hotspur and they will lose all that history.”
ERNEST BEDIAKO, 24, a support worker from Edmonton, said: “That money should be used to revive Tottenham. If the club moves out to Stratford it won’t affect the supporters and I don’t think it will change Tottenham too much if they leave. I’m not a big fan of football but putting that money to good use to get people back into work is more important.”
CONNOR MINNEY, 18, a student from Wood Green, said: “It’s not worth the money because after all the riots families have lost their homes, they are the people who need the money, not a football team. They pay millions just to transfer a player so £8million isn’t going to be a lot to them. There’s no point leaving Tottenham looking terrible with boarded up buildings just to keep a football team. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.”