Last updated : 03 February 2005 By Duke Of Galloway

A project described as probably the biggest development undertaken at Palmerston will be discussed at a special meeting tonight at the ground. It will involve the construction of two new stands at either end of the ground and will increase capacity of the stadium to 6,000 all seated in line with SPL criteria. A full report will appear on the Official Site later this evening.

Official statement released by Palmerston

A project described as probably the biggest-ever development at Palmerston was discussed at a special meeting held at the club tonight. It's the culmination of 15 months hard work by Business Development Manager, Kenny Crichton, in conjunction with North West Resources Centre and the Maxwelltown Umbrella Group.

Described by Kenny as a "Local Community Project, unique in the fact that the voluntary, private and public sector have all worked together towards a satisfactory conclusion".

It will see two new stands being constructed at either end of the ground making the stadium capacity just over 6000 all-seated and in line with the Premier League criteria. The first phase will be the North Stand at the Portland Road end which will seat 1500 with the South Stand at the Terregles Street end to follow.

Behind each stand will be office accommodation and ample car parking facilities. Added Kenny, "The plans were unveiled tonight but I don't anticipate any major problems. Following a leaflet drop, local residents have been studying the plans at the ground and early reaction has been very positive. Planning permission and funding will be sought with financial input from the club itself paramount to the whole project".

Chairman, David Rae praised Kenny and stated, "All this could never have 'got off the ground' had it not been for Kenny's initiative and hard work".

More detailed reports will appear in tomorrow's 'Standard' and 'Courier'.