Anger at treatment of Lugton villagers

Concerns over speeding at Lugton Brae have led to suggestions that the affluent community is being given preferential treatment.

A 20mph speed restriction is in place at the road, which was re-opened to all traffic except heavy goods vehicles in September.

It had, in an effort to stop drivers using it as an unofficial diversion when the A6106 closed in July because of subsidence, been closed to all but local access and public transport.

Raising her concerns for safety at a recent meeting of Dalkeith Community Council, Ann Stewart-Kmicha said: “There are problems at rush hour, and there have been several accidents. You need to hit a certain speed to get up the brae and the 20mph limit is not slowing people down. It’s not just the people of Lugton who are worried.”

But fellow community councillor Neil Hynd (pictured) is annoyed at the attention Lugton villagers are receiving.

He said: “I cannot see what all the fuss is about. I have a 20mph speed limit outside my door, so I am going to ask the council if I can get the speed cops to my street with a camera. They think that they are such a secluded community that they should get preference, and they are getting preference - far more than anywhere else in Scotland at present.”

Council monitoring of the road has confirmed that in October, average speeds at Lugton Brae were between 22.4 and 24.4mph.

Read full story in the November 22 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.