Gorebridge street gets gas alarms

Two of the homes on Newbyres Crescent that have been evacuated

Two of the homes on Newbyres Crescent that have been evacuated

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Midlothian Council has started to install carbon dioxide detectors at Newbyres Crescent but some residents believe it is “too little too late”.

Work began on Monday to install the detectors in all 60 council houses in the Gorebridge street. Five homes have been evacuated since dangerous levels of carbon dioxide were found there by the Coal Authority last September.

Newbyres Crescent resident Claire Skillbeck (35) added: “This is a boost, but it’s too little too late to be honest.

“They should have done this at the beginning. If this had been done when the first home was evacuated they might have been able to rectify the problem by now.

“It’s all a bit late. The whole thing is horrible.”

Council leader Owen Thompson(SNP) attended the installation of the first of the gas detectors.

He was keen to reassure locals who had felt “abandoned” by the council. He said: “It’s always better if we can have people on site to answer questions directly.

“It’s about making sure we can get this problem fixed, that’s the priority, then we can look at what happened.”

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