WE are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our General Meeting at the Abbotsford Hotel on Wednesday 26th November at 7pm – yes, that’s tomorrow night!
The main focus will be on the new stadium and location plans from Dumbarton FC’s majority owners.
We will have a presentation from planning consultant Roddy MacLeod, clarifying issues around the proposal and planning process, as well as feedback so far.
We are pleased that DFC chairman Alan Jardine and CEO Gilbert Lawrie will also be there to take part in the Question & Answer session, along with Sonstrust communications and projects officer Simon Barrow, chair Brian Payne and trust club director Alan Findlay.
This meeting is open to the public. It has been organized by the trust to help ensure that supporters and local residents have the maximum opportunity to get information, ask questions, make suggestions and share ideas at this early (pre-planning) part of development.
We aim to finish just before 9pm, so we want to make a prompt start.
See you there!
Member Neil Jenkinson celebrated his 30th birthday by having the honour of choosing the man of the match against Hibs.
Garry Fleming, who scored a cracking goal and performed superbly well was Jenky’s eventual choice!
Both are pictured in front of our new publicity banner (kindly supplied by Signs Express (Glasgow)).
OVER 200 supporters and local residents came last week to view outline scheme proposals for a new Dumbarton FC stadium at the Young’s Farm site.
The developers, who are majority shareholders at the Championship club, report that the overall feedback to them is positive about their ideas, but acknowledge in their own statement (9 November 2014) that people understandably need assurance on the costs associated with the relocation of the stadium.
Simon Barrow, spokesperson for the Sonstrust, the provident society that brings together hundreds of Dumbarton fans and has representation on the Club Board, said:
“This extraordinary turnout on two midweek afternoons and an early evening shows how keen fans and the local community are to have a say on this ambitious development proposal.
“Many clearly like the idea of a better equipped stadium with training, community use and hospitality facilities. However, fans naturally want to be assured that the proposals will be financially and environmentally sustainable for all concerned.
“The Club and its owners are now receiving specific feedback on issues like facilities, access to the site, and the phasing of the development.
“We welcome the fact that they have publicly stated that they are looking to provide a realistic financial framework for the relocation after the respective planning applications are determined.
“There will be a further opportunity to make comments and put questions to Dumbarton FC representatives and the planning consultant for the new stadium scheme at a General Meeting of the Sonstrust at 7pm on Wednesday 26th November, at the Abbotsford Hotel.
“What is absolutely clear is that people want to make sure that what is done is in the best interests of the club, its supporters and the local community,” said Barrow, who is the Sonstrust’s communications and projects officer, and is liaising directly with the Club on behalf of the trust about the relocation proposals.
The Sons Supporters’ Society (known popularly as the Sonstrust) was launched in May 2001 and was the first football trust established in Scotland. It is a registered Provident society, operates on cooperative principles, has several hundred members, is a shareholder in Dumbarton FC, has an elected member on the Club Board, and provides active support for the Club – including running its website and producing its match day programme.
* More from the Sonstrust on stadium relocation here.
* The trust is compiling all comments posted on this website or our Facebook page, or by email.
DUMBARTON fans, Sonstrust members and local residents turned out in large numbers last week to comment on proposals from the developers, DFC Community Stadium Company Ltd and Denny’s Homes Ltd, for a new, relocated stadium for the Club.
Some 220 people came along to the exhibition of the plans on Thursday and Friday 6th and 7th November, after the Sonstrust mailed all trust members, leafletted home fans and put out as much information as possible through social media to ensure maximum attendance.
Comments on the proposals themselves were positive in terms of the aspiration for a better-equipped stadium, additional grass training and 4G pitches, conference and event facilities, and the potential for expansion.
The issues people want looked at in much more detail include access and transport, environmental risk, the phased nature of the development, and the financial viability and security of what is being proposed.
The developers received detailed comments on feedback forms after people had viewed the plans and engaged in discussion about them with the planner, architect and DFC CEO. These forms are being processed to look at lessons that can be learned and issues that need addressing as the process moves forward. It was stressed to us that this development proposal is in its early phase, after some years of exploration.
The Sonstrust Board is also collating all the feedback it is getting. Our commitment is to work to ensure that whatever happens secures the future of the Club, benefits the community, engages fans, and is financially and environmentally sustainable.
The exhibition last week was a pre-planning one aimed at outline permission to go further from the local authority early next year. The focus of the indicative plans so far is on the ‘what’ of the plans; the ‘how’ (which many people are wanting detail on) is still under consideration, and there is plenty of time for more discussion and engagement.
A statement from the Club and developers makes this clear: “We received a number of specific, useful comments relating to facilities, access and phasing which we will consider further.
“Specifically, we are aware that some attendees wanted more detail on the costs associated with the relocation of the stadium. We understand this desire.
“At this stage, our principal consideration is scheme design and we will be looking to provide a realistic financial framework for the relocation after the respective planning applications are determined.”
“We … will now work on refining our plans for submission of our planning applications early in the New Year.”
As part of this important process the Sonstrust, which has as its priority supporter engagement, is organising a General Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 26th November at the Abbotsford Hotel. Please put this in your diary now!
The main item will be the stadium plans. Planning consultant Roddy MacLeod (on the right in our picture) will be there to engage with fans and the local community, along with representatives of DFC.
In the meantime, the plans can be viewed here on the Club website. Please leave comments, questions and ideas below, if you behave not done so already. You can also write directly to Sonstrust communications and projects officer Simon Barrow (email@example.com), who is liaising directly with the Club over these proposals on behalf of the Trust Board.
Sons next SPFL Championship away day is to Livingston on Saturday 15th November 2014 and as ever our travel section are ‘running’ a supporters bus to the match.
Hopefully we will see another full bus of fans to back the lads to 3 points on the road to league safety.
As ever we need you guys to book seats as quickly as possible.
Three ways to book :
1.Call Tommy H on 07710771341
2. Drop and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Leave a comment on this article
Other Sons fans are planning to go along between 10am and 4pm on Friday 7th November. DFC Community Stadium Company Ltd and Denny’s Homes Ltd have been providing a questionnaire and comment form at the exhibition, so that people can leave their views and suggestions with them after viewing the proposals and asking questions of those directly involved in furthering them.
However, not everyone will be able to respond that way. Both the Club and the Sonstrust will therefore be making the display board content and survey available online.
In addition, the Sonstrust is organising a general meeting for public discussion of the plans at 7pm on Wednesday 26th November at the Abbotsford Hotel, where we will be joined by representatives of Dumbarton FC and planning consultant Roddy MacLeod.
You can also make comments, ask questions and share views on this website (below) and on our Facebook Page, as well as by writing directly to trust communications & projects officer Simon Barrow. We will collate all the comments you make, and ensure that they are received and heard.
We need YOUR views!
OVER one hundred Sons supporters came along to the Rock on a damp day today to take a look at the outline plans for a new stadium at Young’s Farm for Dumbarton Football Club and to comment on them.
Club CEO Gilbert Lawrie, Chris Stainton of Denny’s Homes/Brabco, architect Barry Wake and planning consultant Roddy Macleod were on hand to answer questions and engage in discussion as people looked at the display boards. The exhibition and consultation continue tomorrow, Friday 7 November, at the Bet Butler Stadium, from 10am to 4pm. Please come along if you can!
Here are a few shots of today’s discussion taking place.