Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is to carry out tests near its north London ground in White Hart Lane after complaints that a new stand is interfering with television reception.

The club is to call in a specialist company, which will take readings of signals in the area to determine if, and how, the reception is being affected.

Eighty-two residents in Brantwood Road and its surrounding streets, have signed a petition protesting to Spurs management about snow, ghosting and flickering on their screens.

Encouraged by the success of people living near the Canada Tower at Canary Wharf, who were given the go-ahead to sue over bad reception by a judge earlier this year, the residents are asking Spurs to take steps to improve the reception.

Stanley Kinnair, 60, who has spearheaded the residents' campaign, said: 'We cannot receive Channel Four at all and only occasionally can we view BBC2.'

Mr Kinnair, who said that residents needed new aerials and boosters, added that the group had contacted Spurs in the past about the problem without results.

Now they fear that the building of a new south stand will add to the problems over reception.

Alan Sugar, Spurs chairman, told Bernie Grant, MP for Tottenham, in a letter: 'We do not wish to place ourselves in a position whereby the whole of Haringey will come running to Tottenham Hotspur to ask for their television picture to be adjusted.'

Simon Wood, Spurs' property manager, confirmed that the club would be investigating but that there would be no commitment to help.

'Specialist companies can take readings of signals to see how strong they are. Given that sort of information, we can look into the problem,' he added.