Despite a massive public protest against City of Edinburgh Council’s plan to demolish Meadowbank stadium and sports facilities, the final version of the Edinburgh City Local Plan continues to make clear reference to the Council’s intention to build 800 flats on the Meadowbank site.
If you’ve already sent an objection to the Council about the Meadowbank Development Brief and wish to prevent hundreds of flats being built on the Meadowbank site, you still need to send an objection to the Council about their Local City Plan.
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A SCOTTISH national and a native record fell at the Scottish Under-23 and Under-20 Athletics Championships at Meadowbank last weekend. Read more.
One of Scotland’s leading authorities on land reform is to give a public lecture in Edinburgh later this month.
Andy Wightman, an author and researcher who has been campaigning on the Edinburgh Common Good Fund for the past 18 months, will be the speaker. He said: “Across Scotland, hundreds of millions of pounds in funds and capital assets are missing from Common Good Funds. This wealth belongs to the people and this talk will highlight how this state of affairs has come about and what should be done about it.
“In particular, the lecture will examine the sorry record of the Edinburgh Common Good Fund and how a GBP 20 million asset such as the Waverley Market has been leased out for over 200 years at 1p per year.
“With growing public interest in Common Good across Scotland, this event provides an excellent opportunity for everyone with an interest in this topic including politicians, community activists, academics and the media to learn more about this vital issue.”
The lecture, entitled “Community Ownership of Land in Edinburgh – The Story of the Common Good Fund”, will take place at St Stephens Centre, St Stephens Street on Wednesday 27 June at 7.30pm. Seats are limited and can be reserved by e-mailing email@example.com.
It has been arranged by Edinburgh At Risk, a non-political umbrella organisation founded by a number of on-going campaigns.
Related site: Edinburgh at Risk
Campaigners today called on the new Edinburgh Council to learn from mistakes made by the previous administration and stop talking about selling any part of Meadowbank Stadium for housing.
This call follows a statement yesterday by the Council’s new planning convener Jim Lowrie who was quoted as saying plans for a new stadium at Sighthill were “dead in the water” but added “a lot will depend on how much we can generate from the sale of land at Meadowbank”.
“The previous council failed to consult properly with their plans for both Sighthill and Meadowbank,” said senior athletics coach Bill Walker.
“I hope the new council will learn from these failings and provide the Edinburgh public with what they want.
“A working group is being set up to consider all options for the Meadowbank site. There are no restrictions so we should start from the premise that the full site can be retained for sports use.”
Fellow campaigner Kevin Connor agreed. “Meadowbank Stadium is an Edinburgh landmark that is much used and much loved. Most people were shocked at the prospect of it being turned into luxury flats. There was overwhelming public opposition to those plans.
“The Save Meadowbank campaign has kept a low profile while the new council has settled in. Our position is quite clear. We oppose the whole or partial sell-off of Meadowbank for housing and call for public investment in a phased refurbishment.
“We want to see the whole site retained for sports facilities, and are not in favour of sacrificing the Velodrome or football pitches.”
Terry Christie, former manager of Meadowbank Thistle Football Club, has been appointed as Chair of the Working Group to review Sports facilities in the East of Edinburgh. Read more on the Council’s website.
The Save Meadowbank Campaign has entered a team into this Sunday’s Great Scottish Walk. The annual Walk, which last year raised over £1 million for a range of charities, traditionally starts and finishes at Meadowbank Stadium. More details…