Culture and Sport - for all our residents and visitors.


Edinburgh has a unique and diverse cultural life, with something for everyone. Liberal Democrats are determined that our wide range of cultural activities continues to meet the needs of local people and visitors. 

We recognise that Edinburgh’s cultural sector brings jobs and prosperity to the city but that it faces increasing competition from around the world.

At the heart of our cultural appeal are the many festivals and related events. We will seek to ensure our festivals have a stable future. I am proud to be a member of the Edinburgh Film Guild, which set up the Edinburgh Film Festival in
1947. Film-makers need a range of studio spaces and locations, not just a single large studio. Liberal Democrats support a hotel bed tax to contribute to stable funding for our festivals.

Liberal Democrats wholeheartedly support the World Heritage status of the Old and New Towns. In planning decisions, we will aim to strike a better balance between the need for economic development and our duty to protect Edinburgh's
unique beauty.

We believe that sport should be easy for all to access and will seek to get better community use of schools' and clubs' sports facilities. When Liberal Democrats led the city between 2007 and 2012, we began to look at how Meadowbank could be replaced. We opposed Labour's plans at the time to relocate the running track to the west of Edinburgh, because we believe that there should be sporting facilities for communities across the city.

This is the text of an article I wrote for the Edinburgh Evening News, explaining our position on sports and culture.


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