Bonnyrigg car park probe goes to Procurator Fiscal

A police probe into the financing of work carried out at Bonnyrigg Rose Junior Football Club has resulted in a report being handed to the Procurator Fiscal.

In 2008, the club received a £37,500 grant from the Midlothian Council-managed Gourlaw Coal Regeneration Fund.

This was to be match-funded by the club to pay to renovate its rundown car park.

A row broke out when community representatives claimed the work was not “fit for purpose”

Former club president James McHale (55), who made the funding application in March 2008, hit back by insisting that cash had been used to remove part of fire-damaged pavilion, and that some of the money had been spent on increasing the size of the car park.

A subsequent internal audit report by Midlothian Council – a section of which was leaked to the Advertiser – uncovered irregularities in the way payments were handled. However the local authority has refused to make public its findings.

Council leader Derek Milligan, speaking as a Bonnyrigg Rose supporter, told the Advertiser in March that the work the cash was intended for did go ahead.

Chairman of Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Community Council Ian Baxter, who has been demanding answers from both the police and the council, this week told the Advertiser he was “encouraged” by recent developments.

Read full story in the January 12 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.