Councillors today decided to give the vacant Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre to a special needs playgroup despite a strong rival bid to turn the building into a community centre.
Bright Sparks will now take on the back end of the building, with the potential to use more of it in the future. A special needs playground could also possibly be added in the future.
Bonnyrigg Centre Trust’s bid to take on community ownership of the building had been recommended by council officers. But after a march with around 50 people from Morrisons to Midlothian House earlier today, their bid was unsuccessful.
On March 25 councillors had agreed to reject a recommendation to proceed with demolition of the centre, which was vacated when the council built the £38m Lasswade Centre last year.
This was to give interested parties time to submit further details regarding their bids.
Those were from the Bonnyrigg and Sherwood Community Development Trust, Bonnyrigg Centre Trust Limited and LO-GY Limited. Council-funded special needs playgroup Bright Sparks submitted its bid in May to move into part of the centre from their current Cockpen Centre home.
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