Edinburgh Council currently has only two squash courts available to hire. And both of them are due to go when Meadowbank is demolished because squash is one of the many sports that will not be catered for in the small sports centre due to take its place.
Meadowbank Stadium is supposed to have six squash courts. But four of them are permanently out of action due to various cost and maintenance issues. The two that remain are very difficult to book, even more so since the Council’s other courts at Craiglockhart are now closed for up to a year.
Mark Wishart has been playing squash for two decades and is very frustrated at the situation. He lives round the corner from Meadowbank and would like to make more use of the centre but there simply aren’t enough courts available. He said: “The courts at Meadowbank have not been properly maintained. They have been allowed to run down to their present state of disrepair.
“When I asked what other Council courts are available I was directed to Craiglockhart but they told me their courts are now closed and are expected to remain so for at least one year.
“Two squash courts for a city the size of Edinburgh is simply ridiculous.”
Fellow player Mike Brown, from Wallyford, agreed. “A capital city needs to have a proper sport provision. I cannot believe Edinburgh Council has decided to do away with this and other sport facilities at what is obviously a very popular venue. If anything rather than reducing sport facilities they should be increasing them.”
Save Meadowbank spokesman Kevin Connor added: “Squash is not part of the Council’s plan for mini-Meadowbank. It’s one of many sports the Council has decided not to provide. Thousands of people disagree with this Council vision. We call on the Council to listen to what their citizens are telling them and retain the entire Meadowbank site for sports use.”