Dalkeith councillors not so hot on Burns proposal

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Efforts to return a Burns monument to its original location in central Dalkeith have not gone down well among community councillors.

A Facebook campaign to move the historic structure, currently at Komorom Court, back to where it stood at the junction of South Street and High Street, was kick-started earlier this year by Derek Hanlon.

At a meeting of Dalkeith Community Council last week, it was confirmed that a bid for £1.3 million funding had been made to the Scottish Government.

Submitted by Dalkeith Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme project manager Rod Lugg, the application forms part of plans to enhance footpaths running from the junction of South Street and Edinburgh Road to the gates of Dalkeith Palace.

Proposals also include returning the Burns monument, which was deemed a traffic hazard and moved to Kings Park in 1969, back to where it once stood.

Read full story in the September 19 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.