BARNET FC IN CRISIS
As many regular fans of Barnet may know, committee member Mark Ashfield is on the committee of the National Federation of Football Supporters' Clubs NFFSC). The BFCSA is affliated to this organisation. They are having their 75th anniversay meeting this weekend and he has taken some leaflets with him, including this statement prepared from the BFCSA.
It briefly outlines the situation and would be a useful read if you are new to the problems that Barnet FC are facing. The NFFSC are a respected orgainsation in football, representing supporters clubs from the Premiership all the way down to Non-League. You can visit their website here.
After several years of searching for a new home to meet League requirements, the then labour Council gave planning permission in February for the Club to build on a "Green Belt" site immediately adjacent to the existing Underhill stadium.
This is to be a stadium offering a wide range of facilities and a basis at last for a stable future.
This has been approved by the Greater London Authority and awaits a decision from the Government Office for London. This depends on further clarification from Barnet Council and has been delayed. The new Conservative Council, who came to power in early May, is refusing to sell this land to the Club, thereby denying us this vital option.
The existing site cannot meet the long-term requirements of the Football League or the Conference. Supporters are again mounting a campaign to highlight the danger to our future. The Council is refusing to support our new stadium but so far failing to provide a viable local alternative although they have stated publicly that they support the Club and want us to stay in the Borough.
We cannot compete in the LDV competition next season and as things stand will be unable to enter the "play-offs" if we qualify. Our future is threatened and we call on all true football fans to show us their support in this fight.