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Anger still in the air on Gorebridge gas street

Council leader Owen Thompson outside two of the homes that have been evacuated at Newbyres Crescent, Gorebridge

Council leader Owen Thompson outside two of the homes that have been evacuated at Newbyres Crescent, Gorebridge

Residents in the Gorebridge street hit by high levels of carbon dioxide are still angry, despite the installation of monitors in their homes.

The CO2 alarms have now been fitted in the cupboards of all 60 homes on Newbyres Crescent and at the nearby Newbyres Care Home.

This comes after 43 monitors were originally fitted in the living rooms of the homes, when Midlothian Council decided the “best place” for them was the cupboards.

Speaking eight months after high levels of CO2 were first found on the street, leading to five homes being evacuated, Newbyres Crescent resident Cathy Hanlan said: “People are still feeling angry. The council have had a long time to sort it out.

“Our monitor has been moved to the cupboard, you can’t hear it. But I find myself regularly checking it.

“If the door is shut you could never hear it.”

With the high levels of CO2 still a mystery, council leader Owen Thompson (SNP) defended the local authority:“We are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of this problem from working with independent experts, NHS Lothian and Scottish Government to officers going out to visit residents.

“We will continue to carry out air quality monitoring work and will be striving to get results and recommendations as soon as we can.”

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