Sons set date for sta­dium plan and agree to break Belize link

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

Plans for a brand new Dum­bar­ton Foot­ball Club sta­dium will be submitted in June.

Pro­pos­als will be put for­ward to West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil for the re­lo­ca­tion toYoung’s Farm at Ren­ton Road.

Club di­rec­tor IanWil­son made the an­nounce­ment in the first of many up­dates he in­tends to give di­rectly to fans.

The Son­strust has wel­comed im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tion as well as the news that Brabco, which is the ma­jor­ity share­holder, will sever ties with an offshore firm reg­is­tered in Belize.

Simon Bar­row, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and projects of­fi­cer for the co­op­er­a­tive, said:“We are pleased that our pres­sure to end their offshore ar­range­ment has paid off.

“Ev­ery­one should know who owns their foot­ball club and what their in­ter­ests are.

“The trust is still ask­ing for a club AGM, which has not been held for many years.Though not legally com­pelled, this is good busi­ness prac­tice and a mat­ter of ba­sic ac­count­abil­ity.”

And the fans’group was de­lighted to see progress on sta­dium de­vel­op­ment plans.

Simon said:“We have been ask­ing for some time to see the plans for the pro­posed new sta­dium de­vel­op­ment and we are pleased that this has now been ac­cepted in prin­ci­ple by Brabco.

“We also note the own­ers’de­sire for Dum­bar­ton to be­come a full-time team.

“That would re­quire sig­nif­i­cant rev­enue on top of in­come to main­tain a new sta­dium.

“So far Brabco hasn’t in­vested sig­nif­i­cantly in foot­ball de­vel­op­ment but we wel­come signs that this may change.”

Di­rec­tor IanWil­son posted a lengthy state­ment on the club web­site on Mon­day and vowed it would be the first of many up­dates to the fans.

Speak­ing about the split from the offshore firm, he said:“This process of change in struc­ture will be com­plete be­fore the ap­pli­ca­tion for plan­ning per­mis­sion atYoung’s Farm is submitted.”

He added:“We have done work on the po­ten­tial rev­enue from a new sta­dium and be­lieve the re­lo­ca­tion will put the club on a stronger fi­nan­cial foot­ing and pro­vide a more sus­tain­able po­si­tion for foot­ball at a good level.”

State­ment Ian Wil­son

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