Midlothian Council’s commitment to develop a £950,000 community facility at Dalkeith Miners’ Welfare Club has been met with indignation among opposition councillors and many within the local community.
At a full council meeting last Tuesday, elected members voted 10-5 in favour of pressing ahead with plans to build a ‘community hub’ extension at the Woodburn-based Club.
Council Leader Derek Milligan, said: “We said to the people of Woodburn that we wanted to help give them new community facilities, and today’s decision is about us standing by that promise.”
The decision to upgrade the miners’ club will be welcomed throughout the community – however, there has been growing anger over the loss of facilities such as the former Dalkeith Community Centre and Thornybank Community Nursery, which have been earmarked for housing.
Bob Goupillot, representing the Midlothian Against the Cuts action group, told the Advertiser: “I have nothing against the miners’ club. It’s good that it is to be used by the wider community but it is a poor substitute for the community centre we had, which deteriorated because it was not properly maintained. Upgrading it to a decent standard would have been a far cheaper and more popular option than this.”
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