Newtongrange Library concerns acted on by council

Newtongrange Library
Newtongrange Library

Midlothian Council has begun work on repairing damage to one of the buildings that officers had previously earmarked for closure.

Work on Newtongrange Library was called for by the local community council, which was worried about the lack of repairs to local facilities which council officers had, in early 2013, recommend be closed as part of plans for the new Newbattle Community High School and hub.

Councillors eventually voted to keep the current community facilities as well as building a new community hub at Newbattle.

Speaking at its latest meeting, Newtongrange Community Council secretary Ron Campbell explained how he got the council to act.

He said: “I sent a fairly long letter to the council telling chief executive Kenneth Lawrie about our pressing concerns about what’s happening regarding the damage at Newtongrange Library.

“I asked him to take a personal interest in the library given that it was spared closure last year.

“As otherwise the building will just fall into a state of disrepair and close anyway.

“He has replied to say he has looked into the matter and apologised for the delay in the works being carried out.

“He said the work will be carried out in the coming weeks. Some of the works are starting now.”

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