New football stadium will NOT encroach on new primary school

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FEARS that a new school will be vying for space with a football stadium in Kirkintilloch have been kicked into touch.

Discussions are underway between planning chiefs and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy FC over plans for a new town centre stadium.

The club has been searching for a new home since a deal was struck to sell Adamslie Park to developers three years ago.

Two previous sites, in Hayston and Luggie Park, have previously been considered and rejected.

The Herald recently revealed that club members had voted to pursue a site near the town’s Southbank Marina, with club secretary Charles O’Brien saying it was “the best way forward”.

The council’s head of education, Gordon Currie, has now moved to allay fears that the move could encroach on the site of the new Lairdsland Primary School.

He said: “I appreciate the concern when information of this nature appears in the local press.

“The site for the new Lairdsland Primary School has been agreed by the council. The site referred to by Rob Roy Football Club is not the site intended for the school, but further behind the marina complex.”

But residents are already feeling anxious about the impact a new stadium could have on the surrounding area.

One woman who lives near the marina said: “I’ve looked at the land they are talking about and it would seem to me that the football ground would have to be placed right beside the new school.

“Is this really the best location for a football club?”

The council’s head of development and enterprise, Thomas Glen, said that the club was in talks with the council about the stadium proposal.

He said: “East Dunbartonshire Council has entered into pre-application discussions on the site with Rob Roy Football Club.

“This is at the very initial stages of the planning process.”

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