Councillor: Aldi store approval hits Gorebridge

Aldi will be opening a new store in Midlothian in the near future
Aldi will be opening a new store in Midlothian in the near future

A Gorebridge councillor has explained his reasons for voting against plans to build an Aldi store at Eskbank Roundabout.

Speaking at last week’s meeting of Gorebridge Community Council, local councillor Jim Muirhead (Lab), explained the decision he made at the recent planning meeting.

The Aldi plans for the Mayshade Garden Centre site were approved by nine votes to eight.

The Midlothian South councillor believes the new store hits any chance that growing Gorebridge had of having a store built there.

He said: “I voted against it and the reason I voted against it is that it really hits the nail on the head for us to have a store here.

“I think we can kiss goodbye to any significant store up here.

“It’s not about stifling competition, I want an Aldi. Unfortunately I think it’s in the wrong place. There is a Tesco right across the road.

“Stores of that size should be spread out more across the county.”

Council leader Catherine Johnstone (SNP), while also at the meeting in Gorebridge, responded to Councillor Muirhead’s comments.

She said: “The site is designated for a store. If Aldi didn’t get it someone else would have got it and opened up a store there.”

The floor space of the retail unit will be 1,804sqm, with 1,254sqm being shop floor space. There will also be a storage area, an office, staff and toilet areas.

Access will be from Eskbank Road. The car park includes pedestrian crossing points for a continuous footway from the A7 boundary to the store entrance.