Mark Ballard, Scottish Green Party list candidate for the Lothians region, joined the ‘Save Meadowbank’ march today, protesting against the proposed closure of Meadowbank stadium to allow development of some of the land for new luxury flats.
Mr Ballard has been arguing through parliamentary motions and ministerial questions that the proposals represent “an unacceptable loss of sport and recreation facilities to housing.”
Mark Ballard said: “Meadowbank Stadium was the home of the Commonwealth Games in 1970 and 1986, and stadia in Berlin, Helsinki, Stockholm and Los Angeles have all been successfully refurbished and all are older than Meadowbank.”, states Mr Ballard in a recent Parliamentary motion on the subject. He also highlights the loss to Scotland’s sporting heritage; “Meadowbank having been home to Liz McColgan’s first Commonwealth title in 1986 and Lachie Stewart’s Commonwealth 10,000m victory over Ron Clarke in 1970 to name but two iconic performances”
Meadowbank is home to the Edinburgh South Harriers, currently the best women’s athletic club in the UK, having won last season’s UK League.
Among the main objections to the proposed demolition are the fact that this would leave the East side of Edinburgh without equivalent facilities and mean that Central and East residents would face a long round journey to facilities on the west side of the city. This would particularly exclude residents in East Lothian that currently travel in via established transport links that pass the stadium.
The campaign to save Meadowbank has attracted support from a wide range of athlete’s and other celebrity figures, including Scots champion boxer Alex Arthur, Olympic medal winner Lauren Peffers as well as the Proclaimers and Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman.
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