Edinburgh Council has been told to remove references to Meadowbank Stadium from its local plan.
Scottish Government reporters Richard Bowden and Dan Jackman made this recommendation after considering objections from over 1,700 individuals and organisations.
In their report, which has been published on the Council website, they wrote: “At this stage the plans or proposals for the Meadowbank site are not sufficiently advanced or robustly articulated within an overall sport and recreation development strategy to justify any designation or allocation to be placed on the Meadowbank site when the local plan is adopted.”
They went on to say they do not endorse a pre-inquiry change proposed by the Council. Instead, they recommend the deletion of several items relating to Meadowbank from the local plan.
Save Meadowbank campaigners today welcomed their recommendations. Kevin Connor said: “More people objected to the proposals for Meadowbank than any other item in the Edinburgh local plan. I am pleased the reporters listened to what was said and seem to have agreed with our view that the Council’s plans for Meadowbank make no sense.
“Despite this victory, Meadowbank’s future remains in doubt. Although the public want to see an upgraded Meadowbank, the ruling Lib Dem/SNP administration still want to demolish the popular international facility and replace it with a mini version surrounded by luxury flats. Just because it has been removed from the local plan doesn’t mean they have changed their intention.”
Response from Craigentinny Meadowbank Community Council:
To all Meadowbank supporters:
We are pleased to see that for once the voice of the people has been listened to. The need for a national stadium is greatly needed. And all the better if it is central. I hope this report will help the council to change their way of thinking and listen to the people of Edinburgh.
P.S. Well done
Response from Robin Harper MSP (Lothians):
Dear Meadowbank campaigners,
Well Done – excellent news! We must keep up the pressure.