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Call for answers over Midlothian repair sums

Flashback - Naomi Knights with a petition against closure of the library.

Flashback - Naomi Knights with a petition against closure of the library.

Campaigners have demanded to know why the number of repairs quoted in threatened community facilities dropped after they avoided closure.

Figures released as part of the public consultation warned of the soaring costs it would take to deal with a maintenance backlog, with more than 40 repairs costed for Newtongrange Library alone.

Council officers recommended the closure of eight community buildings in the catchment area of Newbattle High School as part of plans to move facilities to a new hub.

But, after protesters in Gorebridge, Mayfield and Newtongrange successfully fought the proposed closures, Newtongrange Community Council discovered that there were far fewer repairs needed at the four facilities in the village.

Having investigated, Councillor Catherine Johnstone (SNP) admitted that “there was hardly any outstanding work”.

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