Archway decides against Spurs appeal

Tottenham-based catering equipment fabricator Archway Sheet Metal Works will not be appealing against the recent court ruling that will force it to make way for Spurs’ new football stadium.

In a statement, the company and trustees of owners, the Josif family, said: “Whilst we were disappointed and surprised by the judgment of Sir Ian Dove in dismissing our claim to the compulsory purchase order (CPO) made by Haringey Council to support the stadium scheme of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, we have decided not to appeal against his decision.

“The judge’s finding on our key ground of challenge turned on his conclusion that the club had not sufficiently settled its intention to make the changes to the CPO scheme that it had been confidentially discussing with key planning and transport authorities over a period of 12 months or more.

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“We were very pleased that the judge expressly acknowledged that we were perfectly entitled to pursue these matters and that the proceedings were a perfectly proper exercise of our rights. He also refused to make a costs order against us in respect of the council’s and the club’s costs in these proceedings.”

The company believes that the judge’s acknowledgement means he recognised the firm’s actions were legitimate and reasonable.

The statement continued: “We have always been willing to negotiate with the club on a reasonable and proper basis. Our efforts towards that end have been unsuccessful so far, but we will continue to try to achieve a proper settlement by agreement if that is possible.

“Our other overriding objective is also to arrange for the relocation of our family business as quickly as possible and to preserve the jobs of those we employ. Our relocation will presumably also enable the club to carry out their stadium development and enable them to achieve their commercial objectives.”

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