Miners’ home funding to be reviewed by council

Some beneficiaries of the mineworkers convalescent home at Hill Road, Gullane. Pictured are Raymond Diamond, Anne Diamond, Betty Bennett, Bill McNeill, Jean & James Robertson & Maria Gibson.

Some beneficiaries of the mineworkers convalescent home at Hill Road, Gullane. Pictured are Raymond Diamond, Anne Diamond, Betty Bennett, Bill McNeill, Jean & James Robertson & Maria Gibson.

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Midlothian Council has agreed to review its decision to cancel its service agreement with Lothian Mineworkers Convalescent Home.

A delegation from the Gullane home’s Trust gave their case for continued support to councillors at last week’s full council meeting.

As previously reported in The Advertiser, the council decided to cancel the annual £10,000 funding which had been provided for 15 years.

Labour councillors put forward a motion last week calling on the council to reinstate the agreement.

An SNP amendment asking officers to review the service agreement ahead of next month’s full council meeting was voted through by seven votes to six.

Green councillor Ian Baxter said: “It’s a special case. I feel that the health issues caused during the confinement of people in the mines are horrendous.

“I feel that we have a responsibility. My feeling is that given that there isn’t anything else to fall back on for these people we do have particular responsibility here.

“There is a risk that we will lose it for people that have very much depended on it.

“I don’t want to have to sit through a presentation year after year because the home doesn’t have the confidence that money is going to come in. So I can’t support the amendment.”