No events space in the Meadows without further consultation

The creation of a dedicated events space in one of Edinburgh’s public parks would not take place without detailed consultation with local residents and community groups, Councillors confirmed today.

Funding is yet to be identified for the proposal, which outlines the Meadows as the most suitable of the city’s public parks to offer a festival and events space thanks to modern drainage systems which have recently been installed.

Details of the report were noted at a meeting of the Culture and Sport Committee on Tuesday (20 October).

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We are speaking to the Friends of the Meadows and other local groups to better understand their concerns. While no funding has been identified to create an events space, it is useful for us to understand our options and how best to mitigate against the impact of large scale events on the grass in our parks. If funding is identified, no changes will be implemented without public consultation with Meadows users.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, added: “Edinburgh is celebrated as a festival and events city and in recent years the Meadows has been home to a number of the city’s most unique attractions. I think it is a positive step to consider the creation of an events space within it while recognising the importance this green space offers all year round.”

The Meadows

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