Gorebridge gets coal cash boost

From Left to Right are Hamish MacLean Inspector for  Gorebridge and Dalkeith, June Westwood from Safety in the Community Group, Ellen Scott from Gorebridge Community Cares and Eddie Robertson Chair of Gorebridge Community Council.

From Left to Right are Hamish MacLean Inspector for Gorebridge and Dalkeith, June Westwood from Safety in the Community Group, Ellen Scott from Gorebridge Community Cares and Eddie Robertson Chair of Gorebridge Community Council.

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The people of Gorebridge have been urged to help decide what to do with a new £20,000 annual fund made available to the town.

Following a meeting attended by various groups last month there was unanimous agreement to submit a bid for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s (CRT) Community Futures programme.

With that bid now accepted, Gorebridge will join 13 other coalfield communities who have already gone through the Futures programme in drawing up its own five-year action plan, funded by a £20,000 ‘participatory budget’ from the trust.

Those behind the bid now plan to hold an open community meeting on August 25, 7pm, at Birkenside Pavilion (venue to be confirmed) to decide how best to take this programme forward and to work together for a shared vision of the future of Gorebridge.

Ellen Scott is from one of the groups involved, Gorebridge Cares, which was set-up to fight planned closures of local community facilities.

She said: “Sometimes a little bit of money can make a big difference to some groups.

“They are the arteries of the community and maybe don’t get the appreciation they deserve.

“Although £20,000 isn’t going to sort everything, we would hope that this would be a spearhead. It’s about what we can do with the resources available to regenerate the area.”

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