Tottenham Break £16m Regeneration Promise As New Stadium Move Gathers Pace

Alan Duffy

14th, February 2012


By Alan Duffy

Tottenham’s proposed new Northumberland Park stadium – sanctuary from the poor

A key pledge in Spurs’ original deal with Haringey Council to build a new stadium in Tottenham has been torn up after the both parties agreed to abandon a promise by the club to invest around £16 million in the local community, much of which was badly hit by this year’s riots.

Tottenham have claimed that, in order to fund their new £400 million stadium, they will have to cancel that £16 million fund which was originally put in place to pay for a regeneration package of affordable homes and donations to local schools. Now, after a meeting on Monday night, the Council have agreed to forget the deal and allow Spurs to renege on providing housing for low-paid workers in the area. Spurs will also dodge paying a whopping £13.3 million for improving Tottenham Hale station, with taxpayers stumping up the money instead.

Local Liberal Democrat councillor, Richard Wilson, said:

“(The money) was being used to prop up a commercial development. The council seems to have failed to get a good deal for residents.”

However, Tottenham’s project director, Paul Phillips, hit back, saying:

“All major regeneration projects require a level of public sector support, especially in areas with such high levels of deprivation and need.”

Surely, despite the massive costs, providing at least some social housing in such a deprived area should have been a deal-breaking part of any project in the area?

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  1. bl says:

    As much as the new stadium will bring prosperity to the area Levy should commit to the original agreement, it’s only 4% of the cost, and the regeneration of Tot Hale will benefit the fans.
    As a spurs fan I don’t like seeing this kind of thing, when it comes to actual football we can hold our heads high (not buying the league, finishing high in fairplay league last season), this should continue into the politics of the club too.

    Essentially we are looking at Eden Hazard or moral supremacy, I’m sure I am in the minority but I would like to see Spurs take the moral road.

  2. What a community club. I know its a massive assumption, but if Harry Redknapp were to be prised away by England, the pay-off would go a long way towards the development costs.

  3. Mr. Sparkle says:

    It turns out that after all these years of making fun of Chelsea and Arsenal for being baseless scum, my club has finally sunk itself just as low.

  4. overreaction says:

    That’s it. Tottenham is finished.

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