Midlothian Council support keeps Gorebridge Beacon project alight

The half finished community hub in front of the leisure centre on Hunterfield Road
The half finished community hub in front of the leisure centre on Hunterfield Road

Midlothian Council has agreed to plug the funding gap to help get the stalled Gorebridge Beacon project back on track.

The £3 million community hub is being delivered by the Gorebridge Community Development Trust, which terminated the contract of previous builders T and A Kernoghan last August.

This tough decision came after the Trust was left frustrated by the lack of progress on the building, which was originally expected to open in April 2015.

The extra £216,000 from Midlothian Council, in addition to £600,000 from the Big Lottery fund in March was needed to plug the funding gap caused by delays.

The cabinet member for education, Councillor Bob Constable (SNP) explained the reason for the council’s extra support. He said: “Gorebridge is one of our three priority areas in Midlothian and it was important to the council to ensure that we supported this project to completion to benefit the local community.”

The project is funded by Midlothian Council, the Big Lottery and the Scottish Investment Fund.

The Trust hopes to restart work on the Hunterfield Road site in the middle of June this year. Once completed the building will include a community cafe, children’s play space, office space and a community hall.