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Multi-Million Pounds Plans Unveiled For East Kilbride
Plans for a new 4000-seater multi-purpose community stadium for East Kilbride have been unveiled. East Kilbride Community Trust are proposing to build the multi-million pound stadium on undeveloped land off Hurlawcrook Road.
It will, say the town’s leading charity, result in significant economic and social investment in the community and create new jobs and apprenticeships.
A Proposal of Application Notice has been submitted to South Lanarkshire Council.
That will start a process of public consultation, prior to the submission of a planning application, enabling the local community to be involved in the planning process at the outset.
The consultation will include a public exhibition outlining plans for the stadium which will feature an 11-a–side 3G football pitch, a fitness and well-being rehabilitation suite, boxing and martial arts club.
A multi-sports hall will also accommodate children with additional support needs, and there will be facilities for sports training and mentoring.
Monique McAdams, the Trust’s chief executive, said: "We are very excited about our plans to build this incredible community stadium in East Kilbride and create so many jobs for the people of East Kilbride.
"Our ethos is to bring the town together through sport and community spirit, and promote a healthy lifestyle which is exactly what having this stadium on our doorstep will allow us to do even more.
"This is all about giving everyone the chance to benefit from participating in sport - after all, we know that taking part in sports can really change and improve people’s lives, especially youngsters who may be tempted down other routes.
"We want to give every child with sporting dreams and aspirations, and every football team, the chance to use a brand new state-of-the-art facility, which they too can be involved in running, and which the town of East Kilbride is crying out for."
Ms McAdams said the new stadium would work in tandem with the Trust’s K-Park Training Academy and would provide even more clubs and schools, and the wider community, the chance to take part in various sports and to get fit and healthy.
Mark Horner, East Kilbride FC chairman, reckons the plan will be great for the town the clubs with sporting connections. He said: "We are delighted to hear about the Trust’s impressive and exciting plans for a new Community Stadium in East Kilbride and support them 100 pert cent. "This will not only benefit us, but every kid in every football club in East Kilbride who aspires to play in the new community stadium. "It will also provide even more opportunities for kids, who maybe haven’t done so in the past, to take up sport and help mentor and nurture our young sporting stars of the future."
The Trust is inviting everyone to attend a public exhibition consultation on Thursday, November 19, from 4pm-8pm, at K-Park Training Academy, Calderglen County Park, to learn more about the plans, the benefits and the vision for the community stadium.
The Trust had originally proposed to build a multi-million pound community stadium at Langlands. However, they could not reach agreement with the council over the sale of a piece of land to facilitate the stadium eventually being built at that site.