Bridge victory for local residents group

Residents who support the HS10 Action Group Facebook Page are delighted.
Residents who support the HS10 Action Group Facebook Page are delighted.

Residents in Bonnyrigg have claimed victory after a Scottish Government reporter insisted a new housing estate be accessed by a new bridge.

Developers Walker Homes had hoped to avoid building the bridge over Pittendreich Burn to access the ‘HS10’ 263 homes site at Hopefield from Distributor Road, but campaigners are delighted that the reporter took on board their demands for the bridge, as well as improved bus stops and a new pedestrian crossing. They had hoped the two access roads from Gladstone’s Gait on the existing adjacent development would be closed off, but these roads will be closed to construction traffic during building work.

Steve Spratt, from the HS10 Action Group, said: “It’s a victory as we got most of the things we were after. When the plan was first submitted it was all different to what it is now. It has been a great success for the community, coming together and getting the petition signed by 1000 people and in the end we got the win. I’m really pleased the reporter came through on our side.”

Steve is proud of the way the community came together: “Looking back on it I’m pleasantly and silently pleased with what we pulled together. Getting over 300 people to a public meeting, going door to door, our online petition. It was a big percentage of the Bonnyrigg population, which caught people’s attention.

“The next thing is HS11 to synchronize the openings into Bairds Way and Brixwood. The current proposed opening is not synced, it is further up.

“We want them to be parallel and have a roundabout. We have sent our queries to the builders, the council and Colin Beattie MSP. ”

Despite repeated attempts to contact them, Walker Group were unavailable to comment.