The Council voted against public opinion and sporting good yesterday when they agreed to radically downsize Meadowbank, and to surround it with luxury flats.
“Under the plans, the 16,000 seater stadium will be replaced with a 5,000 capacity arena, and some of the land will be sold to housing developers.” See BBC Report .
“We will make these games the greatest sporting event our country has ever seen”, said Alex Salmond when Scotland won the Commonwealth Games bid.
“This is not about politicians taking glory, or about the sporting world coming to Glasgow on its own. It’s about making sure there is a lasting legacy.”
Edinburgh, however, is set to lose its own Commonwealth Games legacy. Athletes and ordinary users from across Edinburgh and beyond will find it even more difficult to access the sports facilities that improve their chances of success, general fitness, and overall health.
Edinburgh Council decided yesterday that it preferred a legacy of short-sighted downsizing and sell-off, over the public demand that Meadowbank be upgraded in its entirety and that this public land remains in public hands.
The Council have refused to consider any options that did not involve sell-off. If they can find the money for schemes the public oppose, we believe that they should make a special effort for projects that the public support.
A phased affordable upgrading of the centre is achievable should the political will exist. Commonwealth Games medallist Chris Black agrees: “If my wife asked for a new kitchen she would get it when we can afford it. If the Council was her husband they would tell her she could only get it if she sold part of her Lounge.”
The campaign continues.
Next organising meeting: Mon 17th Mar, 7.30pm. All welcome.