Fans voice fears over plans for Sons sta­dium

Plan­ning pro­posal de­layed un­til the sum­mer

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

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

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