Campaigners today lamented the closure of the last bank branch within the Meadowbank area and linked it to wider issues that include Edinburgh Council’s decision to prevent public access to the landscaped open space outside the Commonwealth Stadium.
“First we lost our meadow, now we have lost our bank,” said Save Meadowbank spokesperson Linda Furley. “This is a community that is being asset stripped. It is time for people to stand up for Meadowbank.”
Earlier this year Bank of Scotland announced it was trimming its branch network, including the Piershill branch on London Road which closed today.
Last week a 2.4 metre fence around Meadowbank Stadium was completed. The fence, for which no planning permission has been granted, prevents the public from accessing a landscaped area outside the Stadium which was popular with dog walkers and used in summer for picnics and sunbathing. This site also contains a number of trees which Edinburgh Council plan to fell despite thousands of objections.
Last month two planning applications were submitted on behalf of Edinburgh Council. A proposal to change the use of the site from open space/recreation to housing/commercial attracted 397 comments on the Edinburgh Council planning portal of which only 77 (or 19.4%) were supportive. The proposal to build a smaller sports centre attracted 314 comments of which only 85 (or 27.1%) were supportive. Edinburgh Eastern MSP Ash Denham was among those who objected.
Campaign website www.savemeadowbank.wordpress.com lists concerns about the plans.