Robin Harper has criticised Edinburgh Council’s latest plan for Meadowbank Stadium. He described their proposal to bulldoze the entire site and replace it with a far smaller sports centre as “an unnecessary rebuild”. As for their policy of selling much of the land for housing, he declared this “unsustainable and entirely unsupportable”.
The Lothian list MSP, who leads the Scottish Green Party, has pledged to do all he can to help campaigners save the iconic Edinburgh landmark.
“The sale of public land to developers without any reimbursement of the public purse, indeed with the negative impact of a reduction in public space and assets is unsustainable and entirely unsupportable,” said Mr Harper.
“I am entirely opposed to the piece-by-piece sale of public land to fund an uneccessary rebuild. The City should robustly demand sufficient funding for the Commonwealth Pool refurb, which is driven by Commonwealth Games need, and should not be so easily persuaded to part with its much loved iconic stadium to fund sports improvements.”
- View indicative diagrams of Edinburgh Council’s latest plan for Meadowbank, showing the size and location of any future sports centre and the area that is to become a housing scheme.