Plan is in place – it’s time for action

Newtongrange Neighbourhood Plan exhibition at Newtongrange library''ltoR Linda McFadyen, Cllr Catherine Johnstone, Andy McFadyen & Paul Johnson (Community Learning Development Worker)

Newtongrange Neighbourhood Plan exhibition at Newtongrange library''ltoR Linda McFadyen, Cllr Catherine Johnstone, Andy McFadyen & Paul Johnson (Community Learning Development Worker)

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THE village of Newtongrange launched its neighbourhood plan last week – and now those behind it want to use it to make life better for locals.

The plan lists the changes, developments and improvements that local residents told the prior consultation they would like to see happen.

The Newtongrange Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, the body responsible for the delivery plan, met for the first time in May 2011. Since then, they have been gathering local opinion to formulate this plan, which highlights among other things - the lack of a health centre, speeding along the A7 and concerns about the park environment.

Clare Halliday is part of the steering group and also works as the local neighbourhood co-ordinator for a housing association. She explained why the two come together and how the plan will move forward now.

She said: “From my perspective, because Castle Rock Edinvar has 500 properties in the village, we have a huge steak in the community. So we obviously want to make sure that community is successful. We see this as being really important. Anything that helps the wider community helps our tenants.

“The plan now needs to go into sub-groups - who will work with other agencies such as the NHS and the council to achieve their objectives. The next step is the sub-groups kicking on and trying to achieve their aims.”

A host of representatives attended last week including Border Railway, who gave a presentation about Newtongrange Train Station.

Read more on the story in the November 8 issue of the Midlothian Advertiser.