Borders Railway pub claim arrives at court

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A former secretary of Hearts Football Club is taking the Borders Railway Project to a tribunal over a disputed compensation claim.

Leslie Porteous, who owned the former Porter’s bar on Station Road in Gorebridge, is bringing the case against Scottish Borders Council to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland.

His former premises was bought under a Compulsory Purchase Order, with the new rail line to run right beside the building.

But Mr Porteous, who was at Tynecastle in the 1990s during the reign of Wallace Mercer, has taken the matter to the independent civil court under the Disputed Compensation Land Compensation (Scotland) Act 1963.

Scottish Borders Council expects Network Rail to take over the case at the procedural hearing next Monday in Edinburgh, before a three day hearing starting on October 28.

Mr Porteous declined the opportunity to comment on the disputed compensation claim.

Read more on this story in the August 15 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.