A public meeting has been arranged to let Edinburgh Councillors hear what residents and centre users think about their controversial plan to downsize Meadowbank Stadium and replace recreational and green space with over 300 homes up to 12 storeys high.
“Meadowbank is Edinburgh’s main sports facility with over 500,000 people using it each year,” said Save Meadowbank spokesperson Linda Furley. “It is so popular sports groups struggle to obtain extended lets and occasional users have difficulty getting a booking. If that is the case with 34 facilities available, how will the proposed replacement cope when it has just 19 facilities?
“The strength of opposition was shown at last month’s public meeting when just one person supported the Council’s plan to downsize Meadowbank. Under the Council’s plan we will lose over 40% of the existing facilities and the proposed replacement centre will be a pale shadow of its former self.
“The planning application submitted earlier this year attracted an objection rate of over 80%.
“Many people don’t want student accommodation, a hotel and over 300 homes up to 12 storeys high at the expense of recreational and green space.
“We encourage people to contribute to the planning process and make their views known. Further details are available on our website www.savemeadowbank.wordpress.com”.
The public meeting will take place at Meadowbank Church (opposite the Meadowbank retail park), 83 London Road on Wednesday 18 April with a 7 p.m. start.