New Watford Football Club East Stand given the go-ahead in Vicarage Road

New Hornets East Stand given the go-ahead

The new stand

The old stand being demolished

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Construction of a new stand for 2,600 Watford Football Club fans can now begin after it was granted planning permission.

Plans for the steel framed spectator stand with a roof, a concourse area at ground level with shops, toilets and new changing rooms for players and officials, were discussed last night.

The new building will have a depth and height similar to the old stand, which is currently being demolished.

It will have a steel frame with concrete seating deck, and the roof will be clad in a grey metal sheeting.

Speaking at a Watford Borough Council meeting last night, Glyn Evans, from the club described the new stand as "a turning point in the history of Watford Football Club."

He said: "For far too many years the image that the club has portrayed nationally and internationally is that the east side was a shambles.

"We have existing planning permission for a much larger structure than that which is currently subject of this application.

"Had there not been a downturn in the economy of the world, we would have built a much bigger stand.

"All this issues relating to crowd, traffic, pollution and noise were addressd in 2008. We will have fewer people than we have permission for at the moment.

"We are a football club in the heart of the community and at the heart of the community."

Local resident Naweed Gulzar said: "There will be more fans bringing more traffic, pollution, and disturbance for locals. Litter will increase, and there will be more noise for surrounding residents.

"There will be more parking problems. Even though it is controlled, fans park in CPZ bays. If a fan does park in a resident’s bay, they have already caused an inconvenience.

"Bigger crowds requite more policing, are the public going to be paying for this?

"I’m not against the new stand, I just want to make sure it’s done properly."

The plans were approved by councillors on the development control committee.

Councillor Ian Sharpe said: "This is not a massive addition to the capacity, it is more of less restoring it from a ramshackle state.

"It’s worse to have a derelict east side of the stadium. We want one that is attractive to the local area, a good place to visit and a good place for supporters.

"We all know how important the club is in the life of the town. Hopefully we will end up with a stadium that is not just for the keen supporters to enjoy but for the whole town to be proud of."

Councillor Nigel Bell said: "I welcome this new east stand, and the stadium into the 21st century.

"Clearly we can’t be looking at some of the changes we want to see in West Watford when the state of the stadium is in such a bad way.

"This will make the place look better and I’m sure it will be a much more welcoming and modern stadium."

Councillor Steve Johnson added: "Please, please, just build it."

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4:23pm Fri 13 Dec 13

not a regular says...

I think what Local resident Naweed Gulzar meant to say was "there will be more fans bringing more cash into the town to be spent in the local businesses. The additional capacity will allow the club to hand out more free tickets to kids in order to create a sustainable business and get them off their playstations. There will be up to 15% more noise for surrounding residents for two hours a fortnight.

"Litter might also increase, in fact, I propose to close Watford Junction and Intu as well just make sure the area is spick and span.

"Fans park in CPZ bays, either within their rights to do so or accepting that they may get a ticket. If a fan does park in a resident’s bay, the resident may be forced to park in the adjacent space.

"I often speak without thinking, I didn't realise the club contribute financially to policing in the surrounding areas on match days, but I blathered on anyway just to be a nuisance.
I think what Local resident Naweed Gulzar meant to say was "there will be more fans bringing more cash into the town to be spent in the local businesses. The additional capacity will allow the club to hand out more free tickets to kids in order to create a sustainable business and get them off their playstations. There will be up to 15% more noise for surrounding residents for two hours a fortnight. "Litter might also increase, in fact, I propose to close Watford Junction and Intu as well just make sure the area is spick and span. "Fans park in CPZ bays, either within their rights to do so or accepting that they may get a ticket. If a fan does park in a resident’s bay, the resident may be forced to park in the adjacent space. "I often speak without thinking, I didn't realise the club contribute financially to policing in the surrounding areas on match days, but I blathered on anyway just to be a nuisance. not a regular
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4:32pm Fri 13 Dec 13

wfc lad says...

what a knob the local resident is
what a knob the local resident is wfc lad
  • Score: 13

5:38pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mkgoldenboys says...

Naweed Gulzar...."I'll park where I want"
Naweed Gulzar...."I'll park where I want" mkgoldenboys
  • Score: 14

6:08pm Fri 13 Dec 13

WanderingDynamo says...

Naweed Gulzar..

After reading your concerns I can only presume you moved into the area before1922 when there wasn't a football ground on the site Watford FC currently ply their trade and, therefore, no litter, congestion or pollution affecting your way of life.

If, however, you moved into the area after 1922 then you must have realised what living near to a football ground would entail when buying/while renting your property.
Naweed Gulzar.. After reading your concerns I can only presume you moved into the area before1922 when there wasn't a football ground on the site Watford FC currently ply their trade and, therefore, no litter, congestion or pollution affecting your way of life. If, however, you moved into the area after 1922 then you must have realised what living near to a football ground would entail when buying/while renting your property. WanderingDynamo
  • Score: 20

7:57pm Fri 13 Dec 13

the g man says...

I used to live in Clifton Road when WFC were getting 20k plus gates on a regular basis and there was no controlled parking and none of my neighbours moaned, unlike Naweed Gulzar. It was my choice to live there, just as it was my choice to move on. If a fottball match every two weeks makes his life so unbearable, I feel sorry for the man.
I used to live in Clifton Road when WFC were getting 20k plus gates on a regular basis and there was no controlled parking and none of my neighbours moaned, unlike Naweed Gulzar. It was my choice to live there, just as it was my choice to move on. If a fottball match every two weeks makes his life so unbearable, I feel sorry for the man. the g man
  • Score: 10

12:58am Sat 14 Dec 13

stewbyhorn says...

Naweed, I lived in Harwoods road and people used to park in my car park for the game. Did they ask? No but they were putting money back into the club so I didn't complain. If you don't like people putting money back into the local area then move. The ground has been there long enough to know what might happen when you moved hot the area!
Naweed, I lived in Harwoods road and people used to park in my car park for the game. Did they ask? No but they were putting money back into the club so I didn't complain. If you don't like people putting money back into the local area then move. The ground has been there long enough to know what might happen when you moved hot the area! stewbyhorn
  • Score: 8

3:55pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Nick El Greco says...

If you want to clean West Watford up, try starting with the heroin dealers instead of moaning about the football club. I grew up in the area and never had any problems at all until recently when it has become the haunt of gangs of youths with whom I am sure Mr Naweed is not entirely unfamiliar
If you want to clean West Watford up, try starting with the heroin dealers instead of moaning about the football club. I grew up in the area and never had any problems at all until recently when it has become the haunt of gangs of youths with whom I am sure Mr Naweed is not entirely unfamiliar Nick El Greco
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