Efforts to halt the proposed demolition of Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre have gained momentum after it was claimed that the building could be made “usable” for as little as £30,000.
Situated at King George V Park, it features a swimming pool and back hall for community use and other facilities.
At a council meeting in February 2010, it - along with Bonnyrigg Community Library, Poltonhall Outdoor Bowling Club, Bonnyrigg Town Hall and Poltonhall Community Centre - was earmarked for ‘disposal’ ahead of the opening of the new Lasswade Hub in August 2013.
In 2008, an independent condition survey estimated that it would cost £92,000 to bring the building up to scratch.
Local man Darius Namdaran is of the view that ‘disposal’ should not mean ‘demolish’, and wants the building to be given a 12-month stay of execution.
Presenting a copy of the 2008 survey at a recent meeting of Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Community Council, he told members that £70,000 of the estimate was for cosmetic repairs.