Rabs raring to go on new home

Rob Roy v Irvine Meadow at Adamslie Park 7.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Rob Roy v Irvine Meadow at Adamslie Park 7.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A STATE-of-the-art stadium development for Rob Roy FC at Luggie Park is “ready to come out of the starting blocks”, the Herald can reveal.

The news will come as a massive relief to fans of the premier league junior club.

Rob Roy’s stadium project manager Colin Smith told the Herald that “formal discussions” are now in place with relevant authorities with a view to cementing planning permission for the build.

Mr Smith said: “There are five keys strands to the build – the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, East Dunbartonshire Council as the landowner, the council as the planning authority, the sale of Rob Roy’s car park – which has now been concluded – and the sale of the ground, with which we are also opening up discussions.”

Mr Smith said one of the major positives for the club is that Luggie Park is already an existing football facility.

Rob Roy plan to build an enclosed 4G astrograss community field, an indoor bowls area, stand and pavilion.

The project manager added: “At the moment, I’m feeling very positive about the whole proposal.”

Mr Smith is optimistic that Rob Roy’s desired target of having a state-of-the-art stadium in place for the start of the 2012/13 season is feasible.

Mr Smith said: “If you handed me the money and got me the site, it could be done in three or four months.

“But the issues are about other considerations and arrangements, it’s the paper shuffling rather than the building.”

Mr Smith’s company, HG Planning, also designed the West (Jock Stein) Stand at Celtic Park and the North Stand at Partick Thistle’s Firhill Stadium.