Meadowbank Stadium (Closure)

Part of Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Mark Ballard Mark Ballard Green 2:15 pm, 8th March 2007

Is the minister aware that the current plans for the Sighthill facility have no provision for an area for throws training—an athletics discipline in which many Scots excel, from Olympian Chris Black in the 1970s to current Olympian Shirley Webb? Is she aware that the proposed new stadium at Sighthill is only 2 miles away from the existing track at Saughton enclosure? From east Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian, access to facilities will be severely diminished. Does the minister believe that relying on the sale of existing—albeit neglected and ill-maintained—stadia to fund the building of new stadia is a sustainable policy?