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City leaders delay decision on Meadows

posted 5 Aug 2009, 04:53 by David Rintoul

A decision on the use of the Meadows for events has been put off by councillors.

The draft Meadows Manifesto, which lays down rules on the park's use for large-scale events, was due to be agreed by the city's policy and strategy committee yesterday, but councillors decided to pass the final decision to the full council when it meets on 20 August.

As reported in Saturday's Evening news, the manifesto suggests events on the Meadows should last no longer than six weeks, with a break of at least two weeks between each.

However, pressure group Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links say the six-week proposal is excessive, and will result in damage to the grass.

The group's convener, Chris Wigglesworth, led a deputation to yesterday's meeting to protest at the manifesto.

He said: "We're saying 'Why rush to a decision now?' Why is it six weeks?

"There's no evidence and justification or anything, except that the Urban Circus lasts six weeks."

Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links

Source: Evening News

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