Support has fallen for Edinburgh Council’s controversial plan to demolish Meadowbank Stadium and replace it with a cut-down sports centre and hundreds of flats.
Edinburgh Council’s planning portal originally showed just the outcome from electronic responses to two planning applications. The portal has now been updated to also include paper submissions, almost all of which were objections.
The plan to change land use was supported by just 77 out of 397 electronic respondents (or 19.3%). Only 3 out of 184 people who wrote to the Council expressed support, taking the overall number of supporters to just 80 out of 581 (or 13.8%).
The plan to downsize the sports centre showed a similar reduction in support. Support amongst those who responded online was just 85 out of 314 (or 27.1%). Only 1 out of 181 written responses supported the plan, taking the overall number of supporters to just 86 out of 495 (or 17.4%).
This means less than one in seven supported changing the land use and only around one in six supported the smaller sports centre.
“These revised figures are further proof of the widespread opposition to the Council’s plans,” said Save Meadowbank spokesperson Linda Furley
“Hundreds have attended public meetings including one where just ONE person showed support for the plans.
“Thousands more have signed petitions and the Council’s own website shows the plan to change land use is supported by less than one in seven, while the plan to downsize Meadowbank has a support rate of around one in six.
“Councillors must now look again at this controversial development and reflect on the sheer strength of opposition there is to it.”
Edinburgh Council’s planning committee is due to decide on the two planning applications for the Meadowbank site when it meets on 29 June.