Centre decision is delayed

Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre
Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre

The Bonnyrigg community has been given “valuable breathing space” ahead of a council report which could determine the future of Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre.

In August, the King George V Park building, previously earmarked for ‘disposal’ by Midlothian Council, was given a five-month stay of execution when a campaign to save it was backed by local councillor Ian Baxter and his Lothian Green colleague MSP Alison Johnstone.

At a council meeting last week, it was decided that that timescale should be further deferred until February 4, in order that the Neighbourhood Planning Process - a Scottish Government scheme aimed at helping communities to determine their own future - could be utilised to seek community views on the potential future use of the building.

Councillor Baxter said: “This gives us valuable breathing space. Community groups are already trying hard to compress into a few weeks what would normally take over a year. All those involved are giving up their own free time to pull together to save the building. This is the least we can do to help them.”

Darius Namdaran, chairman of the Bonnyrigg Centre Initiative campaign group, said: “It’s encouraging to see the council giving extra time to hear residents views through the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire.”