Village renovation plans get underway

Council leader Catherine Johnstone in the centre of Newtongrange.

Council leader Catherine Johnstone in the centre of Newtongrange.

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The first stage of a plan to revitalise and improve the centre of Newtongrange is underway.

Midlothian Council is inviting professionals to submit bids for a contract to eventually redesign areas of the village in and around the Borders Railway station.

The council’s cabinet member for economic development, Councillor Jim Bryant said: “This is the beginning of a really exciting journey that will eventually see Newtongrange town centre transformed for the benefit of local people.”

Once a design team is in place, it will draw up a masterplan to promote thriving, vibrant neighbourhoods to bring long-term benefits to the village.

Cllr Bryant added: “The whole process will take a few years from start to finish. However, rest assured local people will be consulted on all aspects of the redesign project as it takes shape.

“We want to be sure that all the improvements are of benefit to everyone.”

For more information on the contract visit www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk.