Newbattle communities show caution on victory

The beginning of the petition against closures in Gorebridge, outside Gorebridge Library

The beginning of the petition against closures in Gorebridge, outside Gorebridge Library

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Three communities that will no longer lose their facilities as feared, have given a mixed reaction since the Advertiser broke the news last week.

As we reported, council leader Bob Constable vowed that nobody from the SNP-led administration would vote to close community facilities as part of the plans for the replacement Newbattle High School.

His promise came just as the council’s director of education Don Ledingham revealed officers’ recommendations to close four of the eight community facilities under threat and move services to a new community hub at the Mayfield Campus, opposite the current school.

Owen Quinn, of the Newtongrange Stakeholders group, said: “We are delighted that SNP is backing the No To Closures Campaign in the three communities but we are very much aware that they are not the only councillors who have the vote. We will continue with our campaign against closures until the final decision is taken on the June 25.”

Robert Hogg, chairman of Mayfield Community Council, said: “I’m shocked that this news came out before the council or the chief executive knew.It looks like the new administration has panicked by their reaction.”

Tracy Cranston of ‘Gorebridge Cares – Save Our Services’, added: “To have even considered moving the facilities out of Gorebridge and relocating them to the Mayfield Complex is really pretty shocking. 

“Communities need local facilities that they can access, and it looks as if this will remain the case in all three communities.”

Read more on this story in the May 16 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.