‘Nothing has changed’ regarding Newbattle facilities insists council

Newbattle Swimming Pool, Newtongrange
Newbattle Swimming Pool, Newtongrange

One of the groups that helped ‘save’ community facilities in Newbattle is demanding answers over the maintenance figures for these buildings.

In March, as part of the replacement Newbattle High School plans, council officers recommended the closure of eight community facilities in Gorebridge, Mayfield and Newtongrange.

Their report to the council highlighted a maintenance backlog at all of the facilities.

However, since councillors voted in June to keep them open, local campaign groups have been concerned about the lack of work carried out to address the backlog.

They say there is a discrepancy in the number of major works cited in the report and what officials now say is needed.

Newtongrange Community Council helped bring together the groups opposed to closures there. It has noted the lack of discussion with the council regarding the community facilities and feels it is being ignored.

Community council secretary Ron Campbell said that, according to the consultation paper which proposed closures, 40 items of maintenance were due at Newtongrange Library, 12 of which were urgent. But he claimed Councillor Catherine Johnstone (SNP) had told him there were just two. He said: “There seems to be a disconnect about what the people said needed done at the consultation and what they think needs done now.”

Read more on this story in the November 7 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.