Council approves upgrades

Primary school upgrades have been given the go-ahead as Midlothian Council passed its General Services Capital Plan.

The single biggest project, which sees a total investment of £37 million, is the new Lasswade High School, due for completion this Autumn.

St Mary’s and Hawthornden Primary Schools are in line to have roofs renewed, while toilet improvements will be made at King’s Park, St Luke’s and Cornbank St James primary schools.

Kitchen ventilation work is to be carried out at Beeslack High School.

The plan also includes replacement computers and laptops.

In other areas, investment has been agreed to develop a recycling facility in Penicuik, and to purchase new waste collection vehicles and carry out road and footpath upgrades.

Councillor Jim Bryant (SNP) said: “Work has been continuing to develop individual asset management plans for all areas including vehicles, property, infrastructure and IT.

“Approving the Capital Plan demonstrates the council’s commitment to investing in upgrading and replacing the existing asset base.”