By Moona Popal
Former Hendon Football Club’s reconstruction has left some local residents and schools distraught.
The football club has been ripped apart and ready for it to be constructed into 2-3 bedroom homes. The site is being redeveloped into 135 residential units, compromising 84 flats in 3 five storey blocks and 51 two to three storey dwelling houses.
Residents nearby complain that the Barnet council should have fought harder into re-establishing the club, instead of turning it into another business deal.
Despite the locals vocal opposition to the plans, the council has decided to go ahead with the construction plans, as nearly 10 years ago it had already been put on hold and they refuse to let it go on any further.
Miss Mickel Hedley 18, from a local secondary school, Whitefield Academy, believes that the reconstruction is not only leaving some locals heartbroken, but causing a nuisance for others.
“Sometimes the noise from the construction sites gets so loud, it gets hard to concentrate on what the teacher is explaining. It’s hard to focus when there’s so much background noise”
Miss Avril Fielding, a teacher at Whitefield Academy said, “I’ve been at this school for nearly 10 years now, and I’ve supported some of the students who have played at that club, it is really unfortunate that it’s being destroyed”
The football club had first emerged in 1926, opening with an FA Cup tie against Berkhamsted Town.
Hendon Football Club currently plays its home games at Vale Farm after entering a ground-share agreement with Wembley Football Club.
The clubs final game was played a few years ago in, 2008, when local rivals Wealdstone won 4-1. Since then, the clubs site had been taken over by Romanian squatters, who were recently evicted out of the site.