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S5W-18211: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns that the redevelopment of council-run sports facilities at Meadowbank in Edinburgh may lead to a loss of facilities, rather than an increase, and the impact that this may have on the health of local people.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 30 August 2018

The Scottish Government is committed to do all we can to encourage more people to lead active lives. Physical activity and sport have a transformative effect on communities, by providing opportunities for people to connect with their neighbourhoods and come together in shared activities which inspire and motivate.

For both performance athletes and community users, Scotland’s sporting facilities are the best they have ever been right across the country. Since 2007, sport scotland has invested £168 million to help local authorities, sports governing bodies, sports clubs and other organisations to deliver new and upgraded sporting facilities.

The new Meadowbank Sports Centre will become one of the top centres for community sport in the country, helping to support accessible participation in sport and physical activity for all ages and abilities for generations to come.

The Scottish Government welcomes City of Edinburgh Council’s on-going commitment to work with local members of the community to address any concerns.