Drama in Midlothian Council Chambers

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High drama at Midlothian Council chamber saw the SNP-led administration keep leisure facilities open, but only with the help of one rogue Labour councillor.

In a vote that went down to the wire, Midlothian Councillors decided to save the eight buildings threatened with closure and press on with plans to build a replacement Newbattle High School and community hub in Mayfield.

The move was slammed by members of the opposition Labour Group and question marks remain over the long-term viability of the council-run community facilities in Newtongrange, Gorebridge and Mayfield.

Speaking to a packed council chamber, Councillor Jim Muirhead (Lab) said: “I support the concept of the hub but our position is that we cannot vote for it.

“If we vote for the hub and to keep the community facilities, then I have no doubt that those facilities will eventually close.”

Read full story in the July 4 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.