New Masterplan for Meadowbank

Edinburgh council is intending to submit a planning application and masterplan in early 2017 that would see the existing facilities at Meadowbank demolished and replaced with, “a mix of sporting facilities, housing and commercial property”.

Download a copy of the Masterplan.

You have an opportunity to comment on these proposals via an online survey and also to attend two public information events at Meadowbank Sports Centre on Thursday 17 November and Tuesday 22 November both between 3pm and 8pm.


Meadowbank Velodrome

Although our campaign is on hold for now, we maintain a keen interest in developments at Meadowbank.

It’s great to see the Meadowbank Velodrome featured in The Ride Journal:

Race at Meadowbank

Race at Meadowbank

Images of Meadowbank velodrome from The Ride magazine

Images of Meadowbank velodrome from The Ride magazine

Meadowbank site removed from local plan

Edinburgh Council has been told to remove references to Meadowbank Stadium from its local plan.

Scottish Government reporters Richard Bowden and Dan Jackman made this recommendation after considering objections from over 1,700 individuals and organisations.

In their report, which has been published on the Council website, they wrote: “At this stage the plans or proposals for the Meadowbank site are not sufficiently advanced or robustly articulated within an overall sport and recreation development strategy to justify any designation or allocation to be placed on the Meadowbank site when the local plan is adopted.”

They went on to say they do not endorse a pre-inquiry change proposed by the Council. Instead, they recommend the deletion of several items relating to Meadowbank from the local plan.

Save Meadowbank campaigners today welcomed their recommendations. Kevin Connor said: “More people objected to the proposals for Meadowbank than any other item in the Edinburgh local plan. I am pleased the reporters listened to what was said and seem to have agreed with our view that the Council’s plans for Meadowbank make no sense.

“Despite this victory, Meadowbank’s future remains in doubt. Although the public want to see an upgraded Meadowbank, the ruling Lib Dem/SNP administration still want to demolish the popular international facility and replace it with a mini version surrounded by luxury flats. Just because it has been removed from the local plan doesn’t mean they have changed their intention.”

Response from Craigentinny Meadowbank Community Council: 

To all Meadowbank supporters:

We are  pleased to see that for once the voice of the people has been listened to. The need for a national stadium is greatly needed. And all the better if it is central. I hope this report will help the council to change their way of thinking and listen to the people of Edinburgh.
Kind regards
G. Modica.
P.S. Well done  

Response from Robin Harper MSP (Lothians): 

Dear Meadowbank campaigners,
Well Done – excellent news! We must keep up the pressure.

Meadowbank campaigner gets MBE

A prominent member of the Save Meadowbank campaign has been named in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours List.

Phyllis Herriot was one of the founding members of the organisation two years ago. She launched the first petition calling for Meadowbank to be saved and has spoken at several meetings of the full Edinburgh Council.

She was nominated for the honour because of her service to the community. Now aged 83, she served fifteen years in Council Chambers, first for the City Council and then for Lothian Region. She was chairperson of the social work committee, served on the health committee and was on the Royal Infirmary management board. A former Baillie and magistrate, she was a pioneer of concessionary travel passes and is still an active campaigner for several organisations including the Scottish Pensioners Forum.

She said: “It does keep me busy but I enjoy it. You don’t volunteer for these things to get recognised but I am very grateful to people who have backed this honour. I really see this honour as a recognition for everyone who works in the voluntary sector.”

Save Meadowbank spokesperson Kevin Connor congratulated her. “Phyllis is unique. She has devoted her life to campaigning on behalf of her local community. She richly deserves this honour. I’m sure she will have a word or two for the Queen when she visits Buckingham Palace to receive it!”

Council counts on Meadowbank

Campaigners today welcomed Edinburgh council’s decision to use Meadowbank Stadium for counting the votes at next month’s European elections.
Meadowbank had been used for all election counts since it opened in 1970 but Edinburgh Council decided to use Ingliston as their base for the elections two years ago when the future of the stadium was a key local election issue. The Ingliston count was married by controversy and massive problems.
“The decision to move the count two years ago was wrong and we welcome its return to Meadowbank,” said Save Meadowbank spokesperson Kevin Connor.
“Meadowbank is one of Edinburgh Council’s largest assets. Its large halls and central location make it an ideal venue.”

Meadowbank survey

Sarah White is a fourth year student at Edinburgh University. She is writing a dissertation considering the effects on the local community of the proposed ‘downsizing’ of Meadowbank Sports Complex. To help her complete her dissertation she would appreciate responses to her survey from people who use the facilities and are aware of the current situation.

The link to the survey  is:

News Release: Finishing Line Cafe is just the start for Meadowbank campaigners

The re-opening of cafe facilities within Meadowbank Stadium has today been welcomed by campaigners.

The Finishing Line Cafe, who also operate a similar facility The Cedar Tree Cafe at Vogrie Country Park, recently agreed an extended deal with Edinburgh Leisure to re-open the facility at Meadowbank which has been appropriately named given its location.

“We see this as a long-term measure,” said partner Bryan Rudge. “We are delighted Edinburgh Leisure accepted our offer and we have now invested several thousand pounds to improve the kitchen area.

“We have been pleased with how things have gone during our first two months of operation. We always have a range of healthy foods available with several hot and cold options. We look forward to working with Edinburgh Leisure and the various groups that use Meadowbank.”

Save Meadowbank spokesman Kevin Connor welcomed the cafe’s re-opening. “Meadowbank’s cafe used to be a hive of activity,” he explained. “It was hugely popular with both sportspeople and the wider local population. Parents used it as a base while their children played sport and local pensioners went there every Friday for a special pensioners lunch deal. But the cafe was closed shortly after Edinburgh Leisure took over the running of the complex in the late 90s.

“The loss of cafe facilities was one of the most obvious signs of neglect at Meadowbank. We very much welcome the reintroduction of this facility. With Meadowbank set to stay in its current form for a good number of years we hope this is a positive sign of the Council’s intention to improve the facility. The Finishing Line Cafe should be just the start of improvements at Meadowbank.”