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Anger at plans to close Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium

by Vanesa Fuertes
Issue No. 2043

Over 600 angry local people and athletes attended a recent public meeting inside the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh to voice their anger at the politicians that are supposed to represent them.

Leading councillors were visibly shaken when confronted by the biggest public meeting they were ever likely to address. They were forced to agree to revisit a decision to demolish the stadium and sell off the prime land to property developers for yet more luxury flats.

The council has now invited the Save Meadowbank Campaign to negotiate with council decision-makers.

Anger was generated at the way in which such a major issue had been decided without any public input whatsoever. The councillors on the platform were made to fear for their electoral success in Scotland’s upcoming local and national elections.

A city newspaper opinion poll put opposition to the council’s scheme at 87 percent.

The council will want to delay any firm decision until after the May elections. But it is clear that to let them do so would give them the upper hand.

The campaign, which is only two weeks old, must keep up the pressure in the run up to May.

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Sat 24 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2043
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