Residents to fight Griffin Park proposals

Plans for new roof and lounges provoke opposition

Residents around Brentford Football Club are set to fight club proposals for major changes to parts of the stadium.

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Griffin Park bosses plan to make changes to the hundred year old ground in order to make the stadium more viable whilst the search for a new ground goes on. They have released proposals to build a roof over the Ealing Road terrace and place lounges at the back of the New Road stand. Residents have expressed concern over the impact these changes would have on neighbouring properties.

New Road residents are considering both the physical impact of the lounges and the uses that they will be put. The club have announced that the lounges will be used as classrooms during weekdays as part of the Playing for Success scheme, which uses sports stadiums as classrooms. However residents are concerned that the lounges can be put for other uses. "They want to raise money for the club, and we can understand that - but do they plan to hold parties in the lounges every night? We fully support the educational use of the lounges, but for evening functions? They'll be only yards from our bedrooms - we're very concerned" one resident told

Plans to build a roof over Ealing Road have been announced before, but planning permission has never been granted. The club want to increase the capacity of the Ealing Road terrace, and a covered end will allow more fans to be accomodated. Football Foundation money has been applied for and the club understand that money will be available if the plans are approved.

A final decision is likely to be made in December.

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