THE Press understands work on a new Lidl supermarket in Rosyth will finally get under way early next year.

While the German company couldn't confirm the news, sticking to the line that they "remain committed" to opening a store in the town, the site owner told the Press that the long-awaited project is ready to go.

It's been on the cards since August 2016, when Fife Council put the Admiralty Road site up for sale, and a spokesperson for MacTaggart and Mickel said: "The update is that Lidl are looking to commence with the construction of their supermarket early in 2020, the first quarter of next year.

"They're just working through the final stages of the consent process."

Planning permission was granted by Fife Council in April 2018 for Lidl to build a store at Admiralty Road.

The proposals included flattening a derelict pub, The Yard, and using the adjacent Rosyth FC football pitch to build their store and car park.

The club, which had been playing there since 1992, vacated the ground that same month and have since been playing on the astroturf at the Fleet Grounds.

Mike Shirkie, from the South West Fife Sports Partnership, which operates the Fleet Grounds, said: "I've been told by Fife Council that Lidl are now back and want to go ahead with their new supermarket.

"It's been much delayed but they're going to go ahead by Spring next year.

"There will then be Section 75 money (part of a planning agreement) to construct the new grass pitch for Rosyth Juniors, dug-outs and fencing, so they'll have a permanent place to operate.

"They've been playing on the 3G pitch and train there during the week so we've worked very closely with them.

"It's been a problem for the juniors as they obviously wanted their own pitch and this has been held up for a while now but it's gone well and I think it's been a good plan B for them."

The council had sanctioned the sale of the Rosyth football ground for a supermarket in August 2016 and it emerged quickly that it was for Lidl.

As part of the agreement, the local authority agreed to find a new home for the club and plans were made for a new pitch at the Fleet Grounds, with changing rooms, fencing and parking.

But that's been delayed, work has never started, with the club "in limbo" until the supermarket plans materialised.

Fife Council's David Campbell, estates surveyor, told the Press: “I understand that Lidl may be seeking to proceed with the store development in the first quarter of 2020.”

A spokesperson for Lidl said: "We remain committed to bringing a store to Rosyth and look forward to sharing any firm plans with the community, as soon as we're in a position to do so."