Game of two halves as Rabs change stadium plans

T J House chambers. Cllr Rhondda Geekie with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy officials Charlie O'Brien and Ian Fyffe looking at Stadium plans. 16.3.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
T J House chambers. Cllr Rhondda Geekie with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy officials Charlie O'Brien and Ian Fyffe looking at Stadium plans. 16.3.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

PLANS to build a new state-of-the-art stadium in Luggie Park have been unveiled by Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.

The club intends to replace the existing ash pitch with an enclosed 4G astrograss field - which would also be used by the community.

With a football pitch and car parking facility already in place at Luggie Park, Rob Roy also hope to include an indoor bowls area, a stand and pavilion.

The club’s earlier plans to build a new stadium in the Hayston area of Kirkintilloch had to be withdrawn after the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) raised concerns that part of the complex encroached on the River Kelvin floodplain.

The club has held ‘productive’ meetings with East Dunbartonshire Council hopes to put their new plans before SEPA and Scottish Water next month.

Colin Smith, Rob Roy’s stadium director, said: “We need to have the lessons learned from Hayston and ensure we are compliant from day one.”

Rob Roy hope to be able to move into the Luggie Park complex for the start of the 2012/13 season.

Other potential sites at Totty Parks in Hillhead and in Kirkintilloch’s Southbank Road were discounted.

After recently selling their car park at Adamslie to developers Turnberry Homes for £1million, key to the Luggie Park move is the sale of the club’s Adamslie Park ground.

The ground was put up for sale in March, 2008 - but fans have expressed fears the recession and falling land values will see Rob Roy struggle to attain the original £2million asking price.

But Mr Smith said: “Kirkintilloch as an area has not suffered as others, so we are confident we will meet market price.”

He added: “I would like to thank East Dunbartonshire Council for the amount of time and effort they have spent with Rob Roy identifying a site.”

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, said: “I am pleased that council officers have been able to work with Rob Roy Football Club to help and advise them as they work towards finding the most appropriate future home for the club within the local area. The club has a proud history here and it brings so much to the life of the community.

“I understand the club is now working up the viability and business plan in discussion with council officers and other agencies.

“Council officers will continue to work with the club to assist it in securing its long term future.”