Frozen cash fund a “damning indictment” on Midlothian Council

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Almost £200,000 aid for community projects remains frozen while the saga over payments for work on a football club car park drags on, it has emerged.

The situation is a “damning indictment” on Midlothian Council, according to one councillor.

It follows a row which broke out at the beginning of last year over money from a council-managed fund which was paid for work at Bonnyrigg Rose Junior Football Club.

Councillor Jackie Aitchison (Lab), spoke of his “anger and frustration” at a meeting of Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Community Council last week: “The Gourlaw Coal Regeneration Fund, which is approaching £200,000 of public money, has been frozen since this matter went to the police, and I think it is a damning indictment that people on that coal route cannot enjoy some environmental benefits.

“There are local projects which would benefit tremendously from it.

“No matter how many times we ask officials when it [the fund] is going to be re-opened they say they cannot give a reply.

“Irrespective of what happens with the police investigation, we should still be helping community groups with this funding.”

Read full story in the March 22 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.