NEWS Wednesday 7th September 2022, 12:25pm
Monarchs' bid to construct West Lothian Community Stadium has suffered a significant setback as West Lothian Council's Executive committee approved the sale of the site to an alternative bidder on Tuesday.
Despite the Club piecing together an extensive bid for the new stadium that would deliver best value to West Lothian with significant benefits to the local community, the Council Executive has selected a rival bid that intends to develop the land for commercial business use.
Development Director Gordon Campbell commented, "West Lothian Community Stadium is a fantastic proposal that would deliver significant social, economic and community benefits to the local area and across West Lothian.
"Monarchs firmly believe that our bid offered best value to West Lothian and we are extremely disappointed that a portion of the Council Executive voted to approve a rival bid for the site.
"The support for the new stadium from the local community has been tremendous and we feel this strongly demonstrates the desire to see this facility delivered. West Lothian Community Stadium would be constructed at no cost to the Council and would be an excellent asset to the area.
"Our first enquiry to the Council regarding the site occurred 14 months ago and since then the process and timeline of the sale has been lumbering. The severely frustrating decision goes in the face of initially supportive words from across the Council, along with strong support from elected members and in the local community.
"Monarchs remain fully committed to securing a new home for the Club and delivering the extensive associated benefits for the local community."
Further talks are currently taking place to establish all possible options forward. The Club will issue a further update to supporters as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the 2022 season is building to an exciting conclusion, as the Monarchs face Redcar in the Championship Play Off Quarter Final 1st Leg this Friday at Armadale Stadium.