Midlothian road bosses in bullies claim

Two of Scotland’s tranport organisations have been accused of behaving like “class bullies” towards a Midlothian businessman.

The outburst from Midlothian Council leader Derek Milligan (Lab) was directed at Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland during last week’s general purposes committee meeting.

Members were considering the annual renewal of a street trader’s licence for a snack van from a layby on the A68 south of Pathhead by Steven McLay, Roanshead Road, Easthouses.

Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland, who were not at the meeting, had objected to Mr McLay’s application because of access to the layby and a sign advertising the business.

Mr McLay said he had been trading at the A68 layby for four years. During that time there had been no recorded incidents on the Pathhead to Tynehead stretch of the trunk road.

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