Bid to tackle poverty in Midlothian

Youngsters having fun at Mayfield Y2K
Youngsters having fun at Mayfield Y2K

Midlothian Council is to apply to an EU project for a £1 million project to tackle deprivation in three trouble-hit Midlothian communities.

At last week’s Cabinet meeting councillors agreed to officers’ recommendations to submit a proposal for a European commission funding stream, as a partner with the Improvement Service for Scottish Local Government, the University of Edinburgh and the Midlothian Community Planning Partnership.

The council’s bid draft sets out to adopt a “co-production approach” to working with local residents, with sub projects focussed on the three target areas of Woodburn, Mayfield and Gorebridge.

Council leader Owen Thompson (SNP) welcomed the move: “I think this is a very exciting opportunity.”

Meanwhile, three youth projects in Midlothian are to benefit from CashBack for Communities funding. They include the Y2K Project in Mayfield, the Newbattle Youth Project, and Midlothian Council’s Community Learning and Development team for a project in Loanhead.

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