The Elected Mayor of Watford and the town’s Member of Parliament have both stressed that they want Watford FC to stay in the town, after reports that the football club are looking at potential areas to build a new stadium.
Whilst the club have not commented on anything, plans were leaked back in March which reveal Bushey Hall Golf Club as one of the potential areas where the football club could build a new 30,000-seater stadium.
In a statement, Mayor Taylor said: “I think many of us have very mixed emotions about a possible move by the football club. While we welcome the owners’ ambition and commitment to invest in the club, there are so many memories and lots of history associated with Vicarage Road.
“I would be really sad to see the club leave the town. They are such an important part of Watford and their support for Watford General over the last few months has been wonderful and it made a real difference.
“I will work with the club on any plans they have to redevelop and expand the stadium at Vicarage Road. Watford FC have played an enormous part in the community for many years and it is essential that this continues for many years to do.”
Dean Russell MP also hopes Watford FC stays, he said: “I have been clear that I would like to see Watford Football Club stay in Watford. The club’s history on Vicarage Road goes back almost a century and to lose it would be to lose some wonderful history and special memories.
“During this COVID-19 crisis, the club acted as a fantastic ally to Watford General Hospital. From providing meals, rest bite areas and sleeping pods- our NHS staff were incredibly supported by the club.
“As the MP I have no direct control over any decisions such as planning or extensions but I am working closely with Watford FC and other relevant parties to offer support in facilitating discussions to find an appropriate resolution to support Watford FC to stay.”