Bonnyrigg car park row rumbles on

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A row over improvements to a football club car park took a new twist this week – when council leader Derek Milligan insisted the work had been done.

As previously reported in the Advertiser, calls had been made by the community for details of £37,500 in public money paid for improvements at Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Junior Club.

Bonnyrigg residents Ian Baxter and Cameron Scott demanded information on cash paid from the Gourlaw Coal Regeneration Fund – a Midlothian Council-managed pot for communities with drift mines.

It is understood the grant was to be match-funded by the club to turn part of the ground into a car park at New Dundas Park, which would be used by football fans on match days and members of the public at all other times.

Mr Baxter and Mr Cameron claim no work has been carried out on the site and have used Freedom of Information legislation to demand answers.

In response to these calls and questions put by the Advertiser, Midlothian Council confirmed the payments had been made but refused to comment further, saying the issue was subject to an investigation by its Internal Audit Committee.

But this week Councillor Milligan – speaking in his capacity as a club supporter – told the Advertiser the work, which the cash was intended for, did go ahead.

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