Posted by chdot on March 14, 2008
By contrast with the small victory over double yellow lines on The Mound, the Council also decided to do away with the Velodrome at Meadowbank. In the run up to the London Olympics in 2012 and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 this is pretty poor.
Considering that Scotland has been rather good at producing top class, medal winning, track cyclists, its almost inexcusable. There have been many plans to upgrade or replace the Velodrome. Roofs have been designed, a whole new facility was planned for Hunters Hall Park in Craigmillar.
But Edinburgh’s indecision resulted in money going to Glasgow for a new facility that will be used for the Games there.
There is no reason why Scotland shouldn’t have more than one velodrome. It’s not a case of producing an expensive facility just for ‘elite athletes’. Evidence from Manchester shows that the indoor track there is well used by many sections of the community – for fun as well as serious sport.