Community council calls broadband meeting

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Broadband speeds have been fully discussed at recent meetings of Moorfoot Community Council.

Currently, areas such as those around Gladhouse struggle to achieve speeds of 1Mbp while even more populated areas such as North Middleton “enjoy” speeds of around 2Mbps.

The community council believes this is not adequate for today’s needs. Carrington has superfast available and Temple Village, though within quite a restricted radius, is scheduled for BT superfast in the next year or so.

Approaches to BT have proved disappointing so the feasibility of setting up a Community Broadband Service is being investigated. The community council has arranged a meeting in Temple Village Hall on Monday, September 19 where Natalie MacIver of Community Broadband Scotland will give a presentation. All members of Moorfoot community are invited to attend and contribute.

Local planning issues have also been discussed, including the recent purchase of a cottage at Yorkston for a homeless tenant and the current situation regarding the in-filling of the Upper and Lower Quarries at North Middleton.

Moorfoot is now the only area in Midlothian without a Neighbourhood Plan. The community council is keen to encourage participation in this useful exercise. Once a profile of the area has been created and distributed it is hoped that Moorfoot residents will become involved and attend an initial meeting likely to take place in February of next year.

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