Fans voice fears over plans for Sons stadium
Planning proposal delayed until the summer
Concerns have been raised by Dumbarton FC fans after is was revealed the plans for the new £13.5million stadium have been delayed.
The proposal for the stateof-the-art facility was due to be submitted for planning approval at the end of this month, but a club source has confirmed the application is now likely to be made in the summer.
The delay has raised issues among fans surrounding the uncertainty of the plans — which could see a 4,000-capacity football ground built on Young’s Farm next to Renton Road.
This proposal also includes a residential development which would see 200 houses built next to the stadium — which is said to be necessary to fund the move.
The plans have already faced scrutiny from Sonstrust members – the registered cooperative which represents the supporters – at a meeting in November.
Ian Wilson, the director of Dumbarton FC was quizzed by fans at the AGM, who put forward any concerns regarding the plans and the financial feasibility of the new stadium.
The Sonstrust’s Simon Barrow, has been liaising with the club owners and stadium developers regarding these concerns. He said: “It seems clear that there are still a significant number of issues, both planning and financial ones, that need to be sorted out before this new stadium development goes ahead.
“As a registered provident society that represents the fans, holds shares the club and has a representative on the club’s board of directors, our overriding interest in all this is to ensure the security of the club.
“At present there is uncertainty and concern among fans, as delays continue, following the open supporters’ meeting we hosted last November.
“It is important that everything is handled in good order, of course. But also that key questions about the owners’ intentions and strategy are addressed.
“Our Trust Board is due to meet with Brabco representative and club director Ian Wilson this weekend, following a scheduled meeting for January being called off.
“We look forward to that exchange.
“What we seek is better communication, direct trust engagement with the project, and key concerns addressed.
“A good relationship between the club, its owners, the fans and the community is what will give everyone confidence and enable things to move forward positively.”
Issues Simon Barrow
Pitch battle Plans for the new £13.5million stadium have been delayed