Delays hit new Rob Roy stadium

AMBITIOUS plans to relocate Kirkintilloch Rob Roy to the town’s Luggie Park have been put on ice ... for now.

Rob Roy’s stadium project manager Colin Smith told the Herald he has to complete another piece of work for the club before submitting the stadium planning application.

Mr Smith said he “did not think it would be possible” for an application to be ready for East Dunbartonshire Council’s next planning board meeting in October.

He was also unable to confirm whether he believed the stadium would be in place in time for the start of the 2012/13 junior football season.

Mr Smith said: “I have to complete another matter on behalf of the club which I cannot go into.

“The plans are on hold until I complete this exercise for them.”

In March this year, Rob Roy announced plans to build a state-of-the-art enclosed 4G astrograss community football field, an indoor bowls area, stand and pavilion at Kirkintilloch’s Luggie Park.

In May, Mr Smith told the Herald the project was “ready to come out of the starting blocks.”

An earlier four-year attempt by Rob Roy to move to a similar type facility in the Hayston area of the town had to be withdrawn after the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) raised concerns that part of the complex encroached on the River Kelvin floodplain.

Mr Smith, however, said the Luggie Park project was not in jeopardy.

He said: “There is nothing untoward. There has been a considerable amount of activity in the past two or three weeks.

“The aspiration is to have a competent and practical application at the earliest possible time.”

Rob Roy hope to use the new stadium and pitch for commercial benefit and as a community asset.

Club president Jim Robertson said: “We hope to have a business plan in the next two or three weeks that would allow us to submit an application for the October planning board meeting.

“The club feels we have to get in place as quickly as possible something that will obviously bring benefits that are financially constructive to the club. We have to get all of this on board and get into planning (something) that will start earning money.”

ON THE MOVE: Rob Roy have plans to move out of Adamslie Park by the start of next season.