Labour is about to perform an astonishing u-turn and propose that Meadowbank Stadium be saved.
The decision to turn the ground into a housing estate was made by Labour three years ago when it ran Edinburgh Council. The party lost control of the Council in May and has told campaigners it now wants the entire site saved.
Said Councillor Angela Blacklock: “My group has a view and I agree with it. Meadowbank should be a world class sports facility and none of the land should be sold off for housing.”
Her view echoes that of former Council leader Ewan Aitken. When he addressed a packed public meeting on Friday he admitted mistakes had been made and that he had changed his mind. He said: “I want us to end up here, I really do.”
Save Meadowbank spokesman Kevin Connor applauded this complete turn around. “We welcome this wholeheartedly. They have taken on board the public concerns.
“It was Labour who instigated this plan. The Lib Dems have stated their 100% support to our campaign and their SNP colleagues have called for all the facilities to be retained. So we hope this will now be an end to the matter.
“We look foward to working with the Council on the best way to refurbish Meadowbank.”
Labour’s motion will be aired when the full Council meets at the City Chambers on Thursday morning.