Plan to help communities

Councillor Cath Johnstone
Councillor Cath Johnstone

A neighbourhood plan has been launched for the Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and Poltonhall areas of Midlothian.

Produced by the Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and Poltonhall Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, it outlines people’s views about their community and how improvements could be made.

It was written following consultation with local residents, along with community groups and local service providers.

The plan sets out a series of actions to address challenges that are grouped under the priority areas of – the need to access GP appointments more easily; having more people feel better about their local environment; actively engaging more people in their local community; giving more people access to improved broadband speeds; making sure more people feel safe in the community, making sure more young people feel valued in the community and improving public transport.

Council leader Catherine Johnstone (SNP) said: “The plan has been produced following several months of engagement with the community, and clearly sets out the key challenges that the council and its partners need to address.

“We look forward to working with residents and local groups to help deliver the improvements they have asked for.”

A total of 31 actions set out in the plan will be rolled out over the next five years by Midlothian’s community planning partners, including Midlothian Council, Police Scotland and NHS Lothian, along with Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Community Council, Poltonhall and District Community Council, Lasswade Civic Society and a wide range of community groups.

Copies of the plan will be available on Thursday, July 30 from 10am to 3pm at Bonnyrigg Health Centre, where local people will also have the opportunity to discuss the proposed actions with members of the steering group.