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Trust Welcomes Response to Fans’ Stadium Views

June 4, 2015

YourVoiceRESPONDING to an update in this week’s Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter, the Sonstrust has welcomed confirmation that the considered concerns of supporters about the costs involved in new stadium proposals are recognised by the club and developers.

Planning consultant Roddy MacLeod told the Reporter: “Obviously costs [are] critical for a lot of fans and [the club] are trying to make sure the books balance.”

He was referring to detailed discussion at the supporters’ meeting earlier in the year, called and hosted by the Sonstrust, following the first formal consultation about the proposal to move Dumbarton FC’s stadium to the outskirts of the town and use the current site for housing.

The club chairman, Alan Jardine, and CEO, Gilbert Lawrie were on hand to answer fans’ questions directly at that event.

Sonstrust communications and projects officer Simon Barrow, who is liaising with the club on behalf of fans over the stadium proposals, said: “We are continuing to engage constructively with Dumbarton FC and the developers over these ambitious plans.

“The views of fans are a really important part of this process, because it is their support and involvement that will play a crucial role in ensuring the continuing success of the club.

“The trust has secured categorical and public assurances that the club is ring-fenced from liabilities arising from the proposed development, and that the stadium will be owned and controlled by the club.

“Our concern is that whatever is done secures the future of Dumbarton FC, brings supporters on board, benefits the local community, and proves sustainable and long-lasting.

“As the Dumbarton Reporter update confirmed, the stadium development is just reaching the end of the pre-planning stage, so there still is a long way to go.

“We look forward to further consultation, and at every stage we will make sure the concerns of supporters are listened to.”

* The Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter story (2 June 2015) can be found here.

* All comment and information from the Sonstrust on stadium issues is logged here.

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