A7 concerns raised by community council

Police have agreed to carry out more speed checks on the A7 through Newtongrange
Police have agreed to carry out more speed checks on the A7 through Newtongrange

Police have moved to appease local concerns about speeding on the A7 through Newtongrange.

Last month Newtongrange Community Council wrote to Police Scotland asking for more high-profile speed checks along the stretch of the A7 from Newbattle Viaduct to the National Mining Museum, which passes through the village.

At their meeting last week the local community council revealed that police now intend to carry out more speed checks on that section of the busy road.

Newtongrange Community Council secretary Ron Campbell was delighted with the response.

He said: “Hopefully with more of a police presence on the A7 through the village, motorists will drive more carefully and within the speed limits.”

The community council had also asked Midlothian Council to put up a speed sign displaying the speed at which motorists are travelling as they pass the corner of the A7 opposite the Main Street.

However the local authority knocked back their request, and explained that putting up such a sign would make the pavement too narrow for pedestrians pushing a pram and was therefore unrealistic.

Councillor Bryan Pottinger (Lab) added: “Despite not getting a new sign it’s still right that the community council raised this issue.”