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Locals to take on running of flowerbeds in Newtongrange?

Kenny Hunter (left) from the Newtongrange CC is pictured at one of the existing flower beds with Justin Venton (Midlothian Council Land & Countryside Manager)

Kenny Hunter (left) from the Newtongrange CC is pictured at one of the existing flower beds with Justin Venton (Midlothian Council Land & Countryside Manager)

Anger at the disappearance of flowerbeds from a village park has sparked calls for locals to take ownership of them.

As previously reported in the Advertiser the need to reduce the council’s budget by 20 per cent has led to flowerbeds across Midlothian, including four at Newtongrange Welfare Park, being seeded over.

At Newtongrange Community Council’s meeting last week locals discussed how best to deal with the situation.

Secretary Ron Campbell said the council had told him locals could form a flowerbed sponsorship, with either an organisation or business taking on complete responsibility for a flowerbed, or members of the community could plant council-supplied flowers.

Community councillor Kenny Hunter said: “I think we have to face facts, if we want to keep them we as a community have to sponsor them.

“The council have come back with options and now we have to consider what to do for our park.”

If you are interested in helping out with any potential community ownership of the flowerbeds in Newtongrange Welfare Park,email Kenny Hunter kennyhunter0@aol.com or speak to a member of the community council.

 

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