Any demolition of the Meadowbank velodrome should have been done in such a way as to preserve artwork and allow parts to be retained as souvenirs, say campaigners.
Campaigners have said that Edinburgh council ordered demolition of the track, which is being dismantled this week, despite the planning application preventing them from doing so until a full consultation got under way and a masterplan agreed.
The move to knock down the velodrome has prompted responses on social media from Olympic athletes Callum Skinner and Chris Hoy and criticism from Judy Murray.
“It is bad enough for the council to do with this before it has even started the promised consultation,” said Save Meadowbank spokesperson Heather Peacock. “But to go about it in such an uncontrolled fashion makes it worse. Any demolition should have been done in such a way to preserve this artwork.
“The campaign is also disappointed to note comments on social media that the council has refused to let people obtain parts of the site as a souvenir.”