Dalkeith hub plans could end in court

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

A legal dispute that is threatening to derail plans for a community hub in Woodburn could be settled in the Court of Session.

Committee members at Dalkeith Miners Club have dismissed suggestions, made last week by the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO), that proposals to build community facilities adjacent to their premises at Eskbank Road have been abandoned.

Secretary George Munro said: “Nothing could be further from the truth. We want to build this [hub] for the people of Dalkeith but we are being stopped by another charity [CISWO].

“We’ve wanted to build a new facility since the old community centre was taken away. This project is still very much alive.”

A tussle between the parties began last year when Dalkeith Miners’ Charitable Society (DMCS), concerned that CISWO might lay claim to the proposed hub if ever the club ceased trading, requested that the welfare organisation relinquish its fiduciary claim over the club and its assets.

Read full story in the September 19 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.