Edinburgh Council’s plan to demolish Meadowbank with a far smaller sports complex “will be a disaster to sport and cycling”.
So says Audrey Walker of Danderhall, organiser of the Meadowbank National Track League and a cycling official at the velodrome for the past 25 years. She wrote to the Council to lodge her objection to the latest version of the Edinburgh Local Plan.
She said: “Not to have a cycle track in Edinburgh will be a disaster to sport and cycling. The plan fails to mention the velodrome, which is a stadium in its own right and the only National facility available for track cyclists
“With cycling being Edinburgh’s most successful Commonwealth Games Sport and second only to swimming in the previous Commonwealth Games it is imperative that the Council recognise this and provide a facility to replace the one they fail to mention in the modification and original plan.”
Edinburgh Council recently received 1600 objections to its latest plan for the Meadowbank site, more than twice the total number of objections raised about all issues within the entire Local Plan when it originally went for comment last year.
A petition to ask the Scottish Government to provide more funding for national facilities is available on the http://www.savemeadowbank.org website.
Triple Olympic medallist Chris Hoy last month gave his backing to the campaign to save Meadowbank from closure.