Hearts Submit Stadium Plans
Despite several pessimists or dare I say it, non-'believers', expressing their doubts about Vladimir Romanov's plans to re-develop Tynecastle, Hearts have today taken their first step to perhaps proving that this is one promise that our esteemed owner could be about to keep.
The club have now officially submitted a planning application for the expansion of our famous old stadium, with the project said to be worth in the region of £50 million. This will see Tynecastle's capacity rising to 23,000, with talk of various other facilities such as a hotel and a shopping mall also potentially in the pipeline.
Consent will obviously need to be granted for these plans to go ahead, but on the face of it this would appear to be good news for Hearts. I realise that there are many grave concerns over the sum of money being talked about here, especially if you are someone who also has extreme doubts over whether or not Hearts' debt is in fact still a serious issue for the club. We have been told by various club representatives over the past year or so that the debt has effectively been dissolved into Romanov's empire of businesses and that it will be offset over a period of time until it ceases to exist, but because the level of their power is such that they don't have to go into any real detail over such claims, it's difficult to know how to take a comment like that, especially given the nonsensical way that the football side of the club has been run recently. It's fair to say that having complete confidence in such a regime is very difficult at the moment.
Still, let's not turn this into a negative article. Many of us even doubted that we'd get this far, so let's hope that this is indeed the beginning of a genuinely rich new chapter in the story of Heart Of Midlothian FC.