Field of dreams for Gorebridge community group

The Old Gala Day field which has been closed for 10 years, and will now become a community park, thanks to local group Gorebridge Community Cares.
The Old Gala Day field which has been closed for 10 years, and will now become a community park, thanks to local group Gorebridge Community Cares.

A Gorebridge protest group’s plans to turn a disused field into a community park took a step forward last week, and now they want locals’ input.

The field was fenced off around ten years ago when a local resident fell into the disused mines beneath it.

At a meeting with local councillor Catherine Johnstone (SNP) last week, the community group were delighted that the council agreed to reopen the field, once safety work has been carried out over the next 15 months.

In the meantime, Ellen Scott from Gorebridge Community Cares has urged locals to share their ideas for the new community park and she appealed for funding support.

She said: “The park is for the community, and it is for the community to say what it would like.

“We will need ideas, manpower, community involvement – it is going to be our park and we are going to cherish it.

“The tricky bit, of course, is funding to realise its potential. We are keen to hear from any nice builders who are selling houses in Gorebridge and would like to join us in creating something unique – this is a blank canvas.”

To get involved email gorebridge.community.cares@hotmail.co.uk

Read more on this in the September 5 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.