An MP will be holding a public meeting to discuss issues over Barnet Football Club’s move to the Hive Stadium next season.

In a letter to Harrow people Bob Blackman MP has called for people to share their concerns about the relocation to attend his public meeting on Tuesday June 18 at Cannons High School.

The Harrow East MP said: “Current activities at the Hive have far exceeded what was originally agreed by Harrow Council.

“The site has been operating, in breach of its licence, beyond 10pm on many occasions, causing noise and light pollution for local residents.”

Mr Blackman also says there are concerns over the planning permission and size of the new stadium, plans for an alcohol licence to run to 3am and the contract to play first team football on the site.

He said: “All of these actions demonstrate to the local community that it is difficult to trust Barnet FC.

“Harrow Council appears to have been negligent in carrying out consultation with the local community on proposed changes and, naturally, the residents feel badly let down.

“I support the original plan allowing for facilities that will encourage young people to train and play organised football but I cannot endorse the ambitions that are now clearly being sought.”

The 44-acre site has both artificial and natural grass football pitches, a bar and gym as well as conference rooms which are currently open for community use.

Chairman of Barnet FC Tony Kleanthous said: “Bob Blackman is not correctly articulating the agreement for The Hive.

“We meet with the council and they inform us of any issues and we work with them.

“We urge all residents to work with us because we want to make this work for everyone. We have been here for three years and we have had no major issues with residents until now.

“We regularly have meetings with residents and we listen to any problems they may have we try to fix them.”

He added there had been changes to the size of one stand due to transferring seats from another, and that there can be a delay in turning off floodlights on occasions.

A spokesman for Harrow Borough Council said: “The council is committed to listening to its residents and we are aware that some people in the Edgware area do have concerns about the Hive.

“Council officers are currently working closely with councillors and the local community to resolve the issues that have been raised as quickly as possible.”

The council has also pointed out the planning permission for the Hive does not prevent its use for league football.

If Barnet are promoted to NPower League Two, they will need to agree a variation of the current lease.