Rescue plan for Gorebridge community hub

proposed Gorebridge community hub
proposed Gorebridge community hub

The group behind delivering a community hub in Gorebridge is optimistic that a £275,000 shortfall can be made up after losing European funding.

Gorebridge Community Development Trust’s plans for the £2.2 million hub have been on and off in the past year due to uncertainty over LEADER funding from the European Union.

Under EU state aid policy, any funding of a community development from a government or European Union sources can’t be used for projects that distorted competition.

A fortnight ago the hub plans were left in tatters when it was discovered that the £275,000 LEADER funding would not be forthcoming.

But following a meeting last week with the three remaining funders – the Big Lottery, Social and Investment Funding Scotland and Midlothian Council – Archie Pacey of the Gorebridge Community Development Trust is more optimistic.

He said: “They all agreed that they would go back to their organisation and recommend they put forward the remaining money.

“They each say they will come back with a definite answer within two weeks. So we are now waiting for that.”

Read more on this story in the October 24 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.