As of June 2016, management of the Meadows and Links became somewhat ill-defined, as MABLAG (Meadows and Bruntsfield Links Advisory Group) was discontinued, and the responsibility for liaison with community groups and also with Council officers was handed over to Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links (FOMBL).
During 2016-17 community council members of MABLAG were invited to a new group, 'Ex-MABLAG', organized by FOMBL, which held several meetings and did some useful work, especially in furthering the plans for new toilets on the Meadows, in collaboration with Edinburgh Leisure. At the 2017 AGM of FOMBL this group was also disbanded, in view of the fact that all four community councils surrounding the Meadows (Southside, Marchmont & Sciennes, Tollcross, and Merchiston) are now represented on the FOMBL Board.
During the past year several 'walkabouts' have been carried out with Mike Shields (Parks and Greenspace Officer South East), to identify tasks that need attention on the Meadows and Links, and the system seems to be working well. The parks are ultimately the responsibility of David Jamieson (Manager, Parks, Greenspace and Cemeteries), and of the Transport and Environment Committee of the City of Edinburgh Council. Now that Edinburgh is divided up into four localities, the Meadows and Links fall into the South East Locality, and Sarah Burns is the South East Locality Manager.
Day-to-day management of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links is in the hands of the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, which still meets regularly, though its future is uncertain. When Locality Improvement Committees (reporting to Neighbourhood Partnerships) are up and running, it is hoped that FoMBL will be represented and will participate actively along with the various local councillors, Council officers and representatives of all the major stakeholder groups, the four Community Councils and Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA).
The present management tasks consist of: