Save Meadowbank March

March to Save MeadowbankMore than six thousand people had put their names to the Save Meadowbank petition by the time young athletes delivered it to Edinburgh Council on the 30th of March 2007.

In a symbolic gesture to mark the end of the Council’s consultation period, over 600 people marched from Meadowbank Stadium to the City Chambers. Their number included politicians, local residents and sports stars.

They were led by youngsters proudly wearing their club colours, carrying an assortment of banners and chanting “Save Meadowbank” slogans.

Many political parties were represented on the march including Liberal Democrat (Councillor Marjorie Thomas), Green (Mark Bollard MSP and Robin Harper MSP) and Socialist (Colin Fox MSP).

Council leader Ewan Aitken met marchers in the quadrangle to receive the petition and he promised to listen to their concerns.

Short speeches were then made by senior athletics coach Bill Walker, Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Chris Black and hurdler Norman Gregor.

March organiser Mick Napier expressed his delight at the turnout and advised the politicians to listen to what people were telling them.

“Nobody trusts politicians any more,” he said. “If they want to regain our trust they need to say they will keep Meadowbank open and finance its refurbishment.”

And with council elections looming, Napier added: “We will vote for somebody who says they will fight to keep Meadowbank.”

The march ends a momentous month for the Save Meadowbank campaign. In just four weeks it has raised awareness of Council plans to demolish Meadowbank and replace it with hundreds of homes.

Six hundred people voiced their concern at a public meeting. Over three thousand put their name to an online petition opposing the plan. Now six thousand more have signed a paper petition.