Edinburgh City Football Club has been one of the principal users of Meadowbank over the past twenty-one years and, indeed, it was during this time that the Club secured its historic promotion to the Scottish Professional Football League. Whilst representatives of the Club have met with City of Edinburgh Council on a number of occasions to discuss the proposed redevelopment of Meadowbank, the planning application submitted to the Council does not, as it currently stands, reflect the requirements of a Member Club of the Scottish Professional Football League or the Club’s aspirations for the future.
In particular, the proposed 500 capacity spectator stand and single turnstile are insufficient to accommodate the level of attendance which has been achieved at many of the Club’s home League and Cup games in recent seasons. Furthermore, it is the Club’s view that the provision of just three rows of seating will offer a very poor viewing experience for spectators, while there is no obvious provision of a pitch perimeter barrier separating the spectator stand from the running track and playing field.
The proposed changing facilities for players and match officials are also of concern and do not reflect the space requirements of modern day Professional Football Clubs and refereeing teams. In addition, the failure to provide standalone changing facilities for players and match officials would result in them mixing with other Sports Centre users in the circulation areas before, during and after games which is simply not practical.
In closing, the Club would be happy to discuss its concerns with Officers at a mutually convenient time, however unless significant amendments are made to the current proposals it is highly unlikely that the Club would be in a position to return to the new Meadowbank at the end of its current ground share agreement with Spartans Community Football Academy at Ainslie Park Stadium.