Watford FC’s potential stadium move to Bushey Hall Golf Club has angered Liberal Democrat councillors, who have taken steps to block the move by applying for a tree preservation on the site.
The worry from many who oppose the move is that it would affect and change the area massively, causing more pollution, tearing a huge chunk of green belt land and completely transform the community.
Talks have reportedly opened between club representatives and Hertsmere Borough Council about a move from their current site on Vicarage Road in Watford, but they are still in its early stages.
Bushey Hall Golf Club is just one of the locations that is being looked at.
Bushey Liberal Democrat councillors have pledged tooth and nail to stop the scheme and have already taken urgent action by applying for the tree preservation orders for the course.
Paul Richards, councillor for Bushey North, said: “Moving Watford FC to Bushey would cause huge damage to our town and destroy a precious greenbelt site.
“As a lifelong Hornets supporter, I believe our club’s home is in Watford, not Bushey. Bushey is simply not a feasible location for a massive football stadium.
“That’s why I will do everything in my power to stop this reckless plan. And as a first step, it’s vital to get that tree preservation order in place”.
A petition was also recently set up by Bushey Conservatives on Change.org against the move and has received over 4,000 signatures.
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Watford FC were contacted for a comment, but they declined.