Protest bid to save Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre

MSP Alison Johnston has lodged motion to save the Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre in King George V Park
MSP Alison Johnston has lodged motion to save the Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre in King George V Park

Campaigners in Bonnyrigg are to publicly protest against the demolition of a local leisure centre.

The action comes after Midlothian Council’s Petitions Committee rejected an appeal by 211 locals to grant the King George V Park facility a 12-month stay of execution.

In February 2010, ahead of a new Lasswade Community Hub being built, the council agreed to ‘dispose’ of the leisure centre, and has since refused to confirm whether or not the building has been earmarked for demolition.

Darius Namdaran, chairman of Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Community Council, wants more time to work on a viable business plan.

He told the Advertiser: “We feel that the council has not adequately informed the people of Bonnyrigg that they are going to demolish the leisure centre.

“We are calling a demonstration to invite people to show that they want to have a chance at designing their own community facility in this building.”

Green MSP Alison Johnston has backed the campaign by tabling a motion, calling for the building to be saved, at the Scottish Parliament.

Read full story in the May 30 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.