Raith Rovers get go ahead for new look to stadium at Stark’s Park

Raith Rovers have been given the go-ahead to start work on a new look for Stark’s Park. The Kirkcaldy club’s bid to make changes to the exterior of the stadium has won approval from Fife Council.
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Stark’s Park Properties got the go ahead to carry out external alterations to install solar panel roof array and wall cladding including formation of new window and doors and ancillary painting to the front of the building on Pratt Street.

Visuals lodged with a recent planning application showed a dramatic new look to replace the old blue and white brickwork, with plans to light up the club’s name and badge, along with an LED information screen.

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Rovers shared details of the changes with supporters' groups shortly before the new investment was announced with a local consortium securing a controlling stake in the club. The group includes former Kelty Hearts directors Dean Mckenzie and Andrew Barrowman, local businessmen Colin Smart and Ruaridh Kilgour, current chairman Steven MacDonald, and football operations manager Allan Halliday.

How the exterior of Raith Rovers' stadium at Stark's Park could look (Pic: Submitted)How the exterior of Raith Rovers' stadium at Stark's Park could look (Pic: Submitted)
How the exterior of Raith Rovers' stadium at Stark's Park could look (Pic: Submitted)

Councillors gave the green light this week, noting that the work “would result in a more contemporary appearance and overall would have a positive visual impact on the site and surrounding area.”

A report on the decision added: “The proposal would provide a source of renewable energy to the existing main stand at Starks Park. There would not be any significant detrimental impacts on the amenity currently enjoyed by the nearby residents regarding potential light flicker.”

Rovers have another planning application awaiting a verdict - the club wants to create a new office block with a retail and food outlet immediately in front of the steps leading up to Stark’s Park at the foot of Pratt Street. It is seeking permission for the new building which would also include an outdoor seating area.