Bonnyrigg Scout group’s ‘kick in teeth’

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A Scout leader has described her group’s treatment by Midlothian Council as “a kick in the teeth”.

Fiona Renton, group leader with 14th Midlothian Scout Group, said it was “sickening” that the local authority had frozen a community fund after promising the Scouts £5,000.

Mrs Renton said the cash from the Gourlaw Coal Regeneration Fund, which gives money to projects in Midlothian communities, would have enabled her group to install gas central heating at its hut in Bonnyrigg.

As previously reported in the Advertiser (above right), the fund – almost £200,000 public money – was frozen by the council in June last year after police launched an investigation into the handling of a £37,500 grant payment to Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club.

Fiona (54), from Roslin, believes that the Cubs, Beavers, Scouts and Guides who regularly use the building have been penalised for errors made by the council.

Read full story in the April 5 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.