THE BEES ARE HIVE-BOUND

Barnet's proposed move to The Hive has been ratified by The Football League.

The decision means that the Bees will depart Underhill, their home since 1907, and move to the venue in Edgware, which is currently used as their training base.

The ratification comes a year after the club announced that the current season would be their last at Underhill, because of issues with the lease.

“We have reached a point where we had to move on," Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous told BBC London 94.9.

"We've been working on trying to resolve our issues with the lease [at Underhill] with Barnet Council for the 20 years I have been there."

A small stadium is currently in place at The Hive, but the club intend to increase the capacity to around the 5,000 mark, with 3,500 seats.

The club has struck a deal with Harrow Council that will allow them to play at the Camrose Avenue facility for 10 years, but Kleanthous hopes to build a new 10,000-seater stadium, once they have identified a new site and gained the necessary permission.

Posted on 12/02/2013