Green MSP: action on Meadowbank essential

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and qualified athletics coach, is calling for Edinburgh city council to urgently deliver its promised study of options for Meadowbank Stadium.

The council agreed its budget yesterday (7 Feb) including £60,000 for an investigation into the future of the sports facility which has deteriorated in condition in recent years.

Alison said:

“People in east Edinburgh, indeed across Lothian left the Council in no doubt about the importance of Meadowbank when the sale was proposed several years ago. Every public meeting held was packed with vocal and articulate supporters, centre users and international sportspeople.

“It is essential the users of the stadium and the wider community are thoroughly involved in the process. The east of Scotland has been left behind in the race to create a Commonwealth Games legacy and it’s high time we caught up for the sake of our young people, their health and their ambitions.

“While Glasgow invests in world class sporting infrastructure Edinburgh’s track and field and velodrome facilities have faced neglect and closure.  These sports will play a central role in next year’s Games and we must have attractive, accessible venues that enable young and old to act upon the enthusiasm the Games will undoubtedly generate.”