Axe falls on Midlothian twinning

The centre of St Cyr L'Ecole, Bonnyrigg and Lasswade's twin town.
The centre of St Cyr L'Ecole, Bonnyrigg and Lasswade's twin town.

Twinning is the latest area to be hit by Midlothian Council’s funding axe.

Last week, councillors agreed to stop paying Midlothian Twinning Association £5000 a year.

In addition, requests for hospitality, gifts and visits to the headquarters would be considered at a director level on a case by case basis. The council’s hospitality budget has remained at £22,500 for 10 years.

Leader Derek Milligan said the council appreciated the benefits of twinning and links with Europe, but could not justify the expense in the current financial climate.

Midlothian Twinning Association chairman John Ramsay told the Advertiser that the effect of the funding cut would not be immediately known, but it was likely that it would have a greater impact on the county level links between Kreis Heinsberg, Germany, and Komarom-Esztergom, Hungary.

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