ARNET Football Club’s move out of the borough has been given the green light by the Football League, the club has confirmed.
The Bees have been given permission to leave Underhill Stadium in Westcombe Drive, High Barnet. They will move to The Hive, Camrose Avenue, in Edgware, Harrow, for the start of next season, ending the club’s 106-year association with the borough.
The move comes after talks between the club and Barnet Council over leases for land surrounding the ground, broke down.
In July last year Harrow Council approved Barnet’s permanent move to The Hive, which it plans to redevelop into a full-size venue in time for the next season.  The stands will be erected on three sides of the state-of-the-art training ground, and the club is in negotiations with London Underground over the construction of a 2,500 seat stand next to the railway line to the west of the ground. The expanded stadium will have a capacity of 5,100 – with 3,500 seated.
Then known as Barnet Alston FC, the club moved to Underhill in September 1907, five years before it merged with Avenue FC to become Barnet and Avenue FC. The team changed back to Barnet FC after the World War I.
Chairman Tony Kleanthous said: “We waited until the last possible minute before applying to The League as I was not prepared to take this action until we had exhausted all avenues with Barnet Council.
“There can be no better statement of our intent and with the new facilities at The Hive and extra investment in the squad we are looking forward to the future.”

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