Have your say at family fun day

Nicky Wilson, Scottish Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
Nicky Wilson, Scottish Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Newtongrange residents are invited to a family fun day where they will have the chance to cast their votes for some of the proposals from the recent household survey.

The fun day, in Newtongrange Parish Church hall from 1.30-3.30pm on Saturday, is part of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s (CRT) Coalfields Community Futures programme.

The CRT helped the local steering group organise the survey to find out what local people think will make the area a better place to live, work and visit, and provided a £25,000 participatory budget to get key projects off the ground, which local groups are bidding for a slice of at the fun day.

Connor Wright (16), a pupil at St David’s High School in Dalkeith, the youngest member of the steering group, said: “There has been a fantastic response to the local survey, with over 120 forms returned.

“The family fun day is a great opportunity to see what people are saying about where they live, what they would like to see happen and to endorse issues by voting on them.

“It is also a chance to meet a lot of the people and groups who are trying to get funding and to put faces to names.”

Also from the fun day, the steering group hopes to draw up a five-year community action plan for Newtongrange over the next few months.

Nicky Wilson, Scottish trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “The real strength of our Coalfields Community Futures Programme is that it gives the people of Newtongrange the chance to decide for themselves what the local priorities should be.

“I would urge as many local residents as possible to grasp this opportunity to have their say in shaping a community action plan which will help the area grow and thrive over the next five years.”

Newtongrange Silver Band will be entertaining everyone at the fun day and there will be free catering provided by local suppliers.