Art centre plans for Midlothian at ‘very early stage’

Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange
Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange

The Council’s head of the arts is excited at the prospect of an arts centre and theatre for Midlothian, but stressed that plans are at an early stage.

As revealed in last week’s Advertiser, Midlothian Council has applied to Creative Scotland for funding towards an ambitious plan to create an arts centre complete with a theatre at the National Mining Museum Scotland in Newtongrange.

Councillor Lisa Beattie (SNP), cabinet member for arts and creativity, was quick to stress that there were many decisions still to be made regarding the details of the plans, with council officers currently working on a paper on the arts centre bid for councillors to discuss.

She said: “It’s way too early to say who will run it.

“The mining museum’s board and the council will need to discuss this. There will be a cabinet paper coming up very shortly.

“It’s too early to even suggest community consultation.

“It’s important that nobody thinks this is a detailed plan at the moment.

“We are excited at the possibilities but it’s a case of watch this space and if you are interested stay in touch.”

Read more on this in the September 12 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.