Call to think outside the box

The site of the former Hopefield Primary School on Rosewell Road, Poltonhall.
The site of the former Hopefield Primary School on Rosewell Road, Poltonhall.

Midlothian Council leader Derek Milligan has called for “outside the box” thinking to deal with parking at the planned joint school campus.

Speaking at the latest full council meeting, after hearing an update on the new school campus planned on the site of the old Hopefield School in Bonnyrigg to accommodate St Mary’s RC Primary and Burnbrae Primary’s P1 and nursery pupils, Cllr Milligan (Lab) said: “I have no doubt that with the wider encompassing and geographical area that a catholic school takes in and the younger kids coming to school there will be a greater threat to cars arriving at the school.

“You are right next to Lasswade High School and just off a busy main road, therefore we need to think outside the box about a drop-off area or something similar. That people can come to, drop their kids to someone and leave. But it really needs to be fair.

“And we need to make sure the residents in the area are happy with what the arrangements are . As they are normally the people affected if we get it wrong.

“It’s on a main bus route so we should try to push the green travel plan and we should be trying to get more parents to walk with their children to school. But we all know that some parents would drop them right at the school office if they could.

“We need to make sure that right from the start we are working well with the local neighbourhood and make sure that kids get dropped off safely.”