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Ban on Meadows events in plan to protect park

posted 29 May 2009, 07:11 by David Rintoul   [ updated 29 May 2009, 07:25 ]

All events have been banned from the Meadows next year until a plan to protect the park from damage is agreed.

Councillors have ruled that no more new events will be scheduled until they agree a new management plan for the park which will include an annual limit on future events.

But the Chinese State Circus and Lady Boys of Bangkok events will still go ahead this year, despite fears voiced by locals that they will ruin the area for the second year running.

In a charged debate at yesterday's full council meeting, city leaders said they could not move the circus or Lady Boys because they were included in the Fringe guides that have already been printed.

But the Evening News understands last-minute talks are still taking place with organisers to see if one of the events could move to another suitable location in the city.

And local campaigners may yet have their way as both events will still need to get approval from the city's licensing board.

A number of other events, including the Moonwalk and Taste of Edinburgh, have already been moved from the Meadows to Inverleith Park, while the start and finish of the Great Edinburgh Run was switched to George IV Bridge.

Campaigners and opposition politicians today said the council still had to address the long-term future of the Meadows.

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