A ROW over the use of a car park is threatening to disrupt start of work on the new Wembley stadium. The dispute is over 2.8ha of car park that is shared by new stadium developer Wembley National Stadium Ltd and neighbouring Wembley Arena.
WNSL leased the land back to the stadium's former owner Wembley Ltd until the end of 2002 and cannot evict until then.
Wembley Ltd plans to use the land for stabling horses competing in the annual Horse of the Year show. It refuses to surrender the land earlier.
The new stadium developers could face further problems if the issue is unresolved. The original sale agreement allows Wembley Ltd to reclaim the £103M site free of charge if WNSL has not started work on the new stadium before 2003.
Demolition of the old stadium by contractor Griffith McGee is due to start next month, after £410M of syndicated loans for the new stadium have been finalised. If all goes to plan the construction, by Australian contractor Multiplex, is scheduled to start with piling at the western end of the stadium next summer.