Ride plans have gone downhill at Hillend

Hillend Midlothian Snowsports Centre Tube ride slopes

Hillend Midlothian Snowsports Centre Tube ride slopes

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Part of a leisure attraction on a Midlothian hillside is lying unused because a drainage problem has sparked a legal dispute.

Four artificial slopes for inflatable tube rides at Midlothian Snowsports Centre have been constructed, but they are not open to the public.

Midlothian Council and the engineering designer are caught in a wrangle over the drainage installation for the artificial slides.

The council has confirmed that it is taking legal advice on the issue and has stressed that the current problems do not involve the construction work undertaken by the contractor, Neveplast.

The tubing runs were built last year, but construction was affected by the wettest summer in a century.

All other facilities are open and, according to the council, have been very well received by customers.

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