Full Council meeting discuss racecourse proposals
Elected members at today’s (Tuesday 25 April) full Council meeting approved proposals to establish a new Minute of Agreement between East Lothian Council and the Lothian Racing Syndicate (LRS) and to seek the most appropriate long term working model for the racecourse. It was also agreed that a new joint working group will be established made up of representatives from East Lothian Council, the LRS and Musselburgh Racecourse staff.
Cllr Fiona O’Donnell, Chair of the Musselburgh Racecourse Associate Committee, said: “In recent weeks representatives from East Lothian Council have held a number of meetings with members of the LRS and also with representatives from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) which have been very constructive. All parties have demonstrated a clear commitment to securing the best long term future for the racecourse which will draw upon the considerable experience already available from both organisations and individuals in East Lothian.”
“I firmly believe the proposals agreed today, including the establishment of a new joint working group, fairly reflect the views and aspirations of all actively involved in the continued success of Musselburgh Racecourse and in turn will be recognised by the BHA as fulfilling their conditions for renewal of the racing licence. I would like to thank the racecourse staff for their continued patience and commitment to securing a positive outcome for the future operation of Musselburgh Racecourse.”
The new joint working group will be tasked with considering the most appropriate long term operating model for the racecourse. A further update report will then be provided to the next full Council meeting on 26 June.