Newbattle High School shortfall warning

Newbattle Community High School

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Concern has been raised over the financial implications of the decision to build a community hub at Newbattle High while keeping local facilities.

Councillor Jim Muirhead (Lab) told last week’s Gorebridge Community Council meeting that he believed the decision to keep the eight under-threat buildings open, while building a community hub at the replacement Newbattle High School, would have a serious knock-on effect, with council officers previously predicting a £2.8 million funding gap each year.

He said: “I really don’t know where this is going to leave Midlothian, and in particular this community.”

When asked to comment, Council leader Bob Constable (SNP) said: “Our response is that all this is covered in the minutes of the June council meeting.”

Read more on this in the August 29 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.