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Re: Arsenal told to think again - repercussions?
Posted by: andrewstrouthous
Date: 18/07/2008 00:17
I have copied Happy Gooners post from anothe thread to here as its so relevant:

Posted by: HappyGooner (
Date: 2008:07:17:22:15:40


1. There is no indoor footballing facility within Islington that could house the 48 children per session, that the JVC did.

2. How can you quote Clissold park, Finsbury park, Whittington park?

Clissold & finsbury are parks!!!! Weather dependant if sessions take place or not(GRASS), and whittington park now has an astro that is HIRED out.

3. The JVC centre was the only pitch I knew put on a pedestal in the terms of it being 'AT' Arsenal. How great was that for the children...Ive just played football at Arsenal. Be it Children that live local or children travelling from abroad. Coaches can go into schools but there is a huge difference.

4. The centre did not only cover football it was used for tennis,hockey and indoor bowls (Pensioners).

5. As for the money side, why cant the centre be self sufficient? the pitch could be hired out from 6-10pm for paying adults (as per jvc centre) 7 days a week.

6. What we are all forgetting and nobody seems to have raised the point is: Arsenal promised with literature (not verbal) a replacement sports centre. (locals were satisfied with Arsenals offer). As soon as Planning permission was granted, the club pulled on its promise, giving local residents no voice? and to top that Islington council have allowed this to happen.

7. Liquidd think about the bigger picture and who this affects, you only talk about children? you haven't mentioned the pensioner bowlers that used the centre twice a week, or the Visually impaired groups, or the Deaf groups, or homeless groups or over 35s league there on a sunday night, hopefully my point is made.

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