Council in plea for new recruits

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DESPITE continuing to benefit the village, Newtongrange Community Council appealed for new members at their sparsely-attended annual general meeting last week.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Ron Campbell, secretary of Newtongrange Community Council believes that the organisation is not alone.

Mr Campbell said: “We can’t get enough members. It’s not just Newtongrange that is suffering – it seems that all community councils in Midlothian are struggling.

“In fact, it’s not just community councils, the membership of many societies are getting older and older. Younger folk are too busy or they have become part of the TV age.

“Being on the community council or other groups is stepping forward and doing something for the community.

“We have certainly got a number of things done. We drove the clear-up of the Miller’s Yard, we have done what we can to stop dog fouling in the park and we were instrumental in getting the miner’s statue replaced.

“So I believe the community council has done quite a lot of things for the benefit of the community.”

Speaking at last week’s AGM, Chairman Jason Ferry looked back on their year.

He said: “A lot of people are happy living in Newtongrange. I would like to see us strengthen that feeling next year.

“The community council has already taken the lead in many issues – dog fouling, traffic in the village, and others.

“There has been a lot of great work done over the previous 12 months but there is still a lot to do.

“So I thank all the community council members that have worked with us for the past 12 months and hope for your continued support for the next year.”