Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council has welcomed Midlothian Council’s recent £40,000 improvements to the local park.
The money was spent as part of preparation work for the replacement Newbattle High School on repairs to damaged areas in park, installation of drainage where required and upgrading the existing footpaths there. This work follows local calls for work to be carried out at Mayfield Park.
Speaking at his group’s recent meeting, Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council chairman Robert Hogg said: “The park has been improved, which is fantastic for the local community.
“At least this shows they are listening to the community and actually putting things into the park to improve it.
“You really notice the difference, it’s a big improvement. It’s the first time work has been done in the park since it was first built in 1969.
“This will make a big difference to people on mobility scooters, people out walking their dog, people out running, basically for everyone that uses the park.
“So it’s great to see. Things are looking up for the park. There is still a long way to go but at least we are getting there.”
Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP), the cabinet member for parks and green spaces is glad that this work has been carried out despite delays to construction of the £32 million Newbattle Centre, which will include the new school and community facilities, similar to Lasswade Centre.
He said: “It’s great to see that work to resurface the path, repair damaged areas and install drainage has been done in preparation for the Newbattle Community High School.
“The park is now much improved, which will not only benefit the new school and hub building, but also the wider community.
“It must be especially reassuring to see that, even though there has been in a delay in starting the actual building, because of factors happening in Europe beyond our control, that other work is continuing locally that will make sure we get off to the best possible start when the issue is resolved.”