News Release: Over half of Meadowbank’s facilities will go

5-aside pitches at meadowbank Campaigners have highlighted the sheer scale of facilities that will be lost if Edinburgh Council continues with its plan to bulldoze Meadowbank Stadium and replace it with a far smaller sports centre.

Over half the current facilities would go. Sports halls would reduce from 19 to 7. Meeting rooms would fall from 5 to 2. The cycling velodrome would not be replaced. Even the hugely popular outdoor football pitches are facing the axe.

We already knew cycling would be decimated by the loss of the velodrome and serious athletes would have to do without throws, warm-up and storage areas,” said Save Meadowbank spokesman Kevin Connor. “But this shows ordinary user will be affected even more.

“Council officials propose to do without outdoor five-a-side pitches, a gymnastic hall and many of the indoor halls. Some of these may be included in a second stage but then only if more money becomes available in the future.

“Existing facilities are severely over-subscribed. It can be very difficult to make a booking due to the great demand. To propose removing most of the facilities is patently absurd, especially at a time when politicians are encouraging us to make even more use of leisure facilities.”

Outdoor sports facilities at MeadowbankComparison of existing and planned outdoor facilities.

Presently: 8

  • athletic track
  • football pitch
  • velodrome
  • throwing area
  • basketball court
  • astroturf football pitches (x3)

Planned: 2

  • athletic track
  • rugby pitch

A full comparison of existing and planned facilities is given below.

Main facilities within Meadowbank Stadium:

  • Stadium (6500 seats) with full athletic facilities plus football pitch
  • Concourse / indoor athletic training area
  • Athletic warm-up / training area
  • Gymnastic training facility
  • Three five-a-side synthetic pitches / One synthetic hockey pitch
  • Velodrome (cycling)
  • Car Park
  • Plant areas
  • Foyer and reception
  • Administration offices
  • Kitchen area
  • Sports medicine clinic
  • First aid room
  • Changing facilities
  • Male and female toilets

Sports halls (19)

  • Range Halls (x3) formerly used for shooting but now multi-purpose
  • Main Halls (x3)
  • Lesser Halls (x4), including Pulse Fitness Room
  • Squash Courts (x6)
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weight training
  • Athletic club / circuit training

Rooms (5)

  • Lounges (x3), including former cafeteria
  • General Purpose Room
  • Internet Cafe (“The House”)

Facilities proposed in recommendation accepted last month by Councillors (http://cpol.edinburgh.gov.uk/getdoc_ext.asp?DocId=109262):

  • Stadium (5000 seats) with rugby pitch
  • Changing facilities
  • Male and female toilets
  • Car Park

Sports halls (7)

  • Sports Courts (x4)
  • Martial Arts
  • Fitness Studio
  • Soft Play

Rooms (2)

  • Function room
  • Youth Room
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