‘Council to blame for Dalkeith community hub saga’

Dalkeith Miners Welfare Club, Woodburn
Dalkeith Miners Welfare Club, Woodburn

If a replacement community centre in Woodburn fails to materialise, Midlothian Council must shoulder the blame, according to campaigners.

The comments came from Willie Duncan of Midlothian Against the Cuts who, in 2011, spearheaded the campaign against the council’s decision to close Dalkeith Community Centre.

Pledging to replace facilities by creating a “major new community hub” at Dalkeith Miners’ Club, the council announced it would be recruiting a full time worker to raise funds to make the hub as “big and successful as possible”.

However, as recently reported in the Advertiser, plans ground to a halt when the club and its parent organisation CISWO (Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation) became involved in a land ownership wrangle.

Mr Duncan is now calling for clarification on when local residents can expect to see their community facilities replaced.

He said: “There’s maybe not much the council could have done about what has happened, but the warning signs were there.

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Midlothian Council, said: “We are committed to the provision of community hub facilities in Woodburn and are pursuing a number of options.

“We are still interested in the Dalkeith Miners’ site and are looking into possible alternatives.”

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