Bonnyrigg councillor queries Sheriffhall bridge funds

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Scottish Government funding for a pedestrian and cyclists’ overbridge at Sheriffhall roundabout was instead spent by Midlothian Council on “various other capital projects”.

In October 1999, the Scottish Government announced the council had been awarded £802,000 for a bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.

It was part of the Scottish Executive’s Public Transport Fund, providing £1.914 million to improve public transport in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Bonnyrigg Councillor Ian Baxter (Green) is demanding answers after the local authority claimed the award was for borrowing consent only.

Councillor Baxter told the Advertiser: “In a written answer to the Scottish Parliament in November 2000, the then Transport Minister Sarah Boyack stated Midlothian Council had been awarded £0.802 million from the Public Transport Fund for a pedestrian and cyclists’ overbridge at Sheriffhall.

“Unless the definition of funding has changed, this does not suggest borrowing consent.”

Read full story in the November 8 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.