Midlothian arts centre plans left in limbo after cash bid fails

the Scottish Mining Museum, the planned site for the arts centre.

the Scottish Mining Museum, the planned site for the arts centre.

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Plans for a £5.8 million arts centre and theatre in Mid-lothian have stalled with the failure of its first funding bid.

Creative Scotland last week rejected an application for £1.8 million by Midlothian Council for its ambitious plans in partnership with the National Mining Museum Scotland.

Under these plans an arts centre and 400-seat theatre would be built at the tourist attraction in Newtongrange.

After last week’s funding blow, Midlothian Council, said: “The fund represented an opportunity for us to try to pull together a project that would benefit Newtongrange and the rest of Midlothian.

“It is disappointing that we’ve been unsuccessful in this ambitious plan at this stage.

“We’re now going to absorb the decision and think through the next steps here.

“A partnership project to help boost Newtongrange is still something we’re interested in pursuing, but we do need to get feedback from the funding authorities and see where we go from there.”

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