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City leaders kill off plans for Meadows campsite

posted 15 Dec 2011, 07:30 by David Rintoul   [ updated 15 Dec 2011, 07:33 ]

Plans for a campsite for festival-goers in the Meadows have been killed off by city leaders.

The proposal to create a cheap camping alternative to pricey hotels for people that flock to Edinburgh’s festivals was among the winning ideas presented at an “Ideas Challenge” organised by the Capital’s festivals and the city council.

Among the judges that selected the idea as a winner was council chief executive Sue Bruce, and it was expected to be investigated by city chiefs.

But council leader Jenny Dawe has confirmed that the proposal will not win the support of the council. She has not ruled out a festival campsite being set up somewhere in the city, but has said it cannot be on the Meadows and would have to be outside of the city centre, such as Hunters Hall Park in Niddrie.