Cowdenbeath take step towards new stadium

Cowdenbeath Football Club believe they have taken an important step towards moving to a new stadium.

A formal application has been submitted for planning permission for the redevelopment of their Central Park site for retail and housing.

And some of the receipts would fund a new community stadium.

A formal application for that is expected in the coming months, with a site in the Broad Street area being identified along with Fife Council.

Cowdenbeath chairman Donald Findlay told the First Division club's website: "Staying at Central Park in the long-term is not an option.

The proposal would safeguard the future of the football club as a community asset

Donald Findlay Cowdenbeath chairman

"Central Park has a proud history. But, unfortunately, it no longer meets the needs of the football club while the running costs are extremely high.

"The sustainable future of the club is dependant on relocating to a purpose-built, low maintenance and income-generating-facility within Cowdenbeath.

"This is a key part of our vision to see the club continue to flourish on the field and acting as a hub for many community activities.

"The proposal would safeguard the future of the football club as a community asset and it would also ensure a positive legacy from the redevelopment of Central Park for the people of Cowdenbeath."

Cowdenbeath say moving from the ground that has been their home since 1917 would help regenerate the area and create jobs - and they have appealed to the local community to sign a petition in support of the plans.