Shop in Midlothian, says council

Support your local shops – that’s the festive message to Midlothian residents.

Midlothian Council issued the plea to consumers in a bid to boost the local economy.

Councillor Russell Imrie (Lab), strategic services spokesman, said: “These are traditionally the peak shopping periods of the year – which is why we’re urging residents to shop locally in Midlothian this Christmas.”

He highlighted the upgrade of Dalkeith High Street and the introduction of new parking rules.

He said there were plans to improve Bonnyrigg town centre, with £62,000 earmarked on upgrading canopies and building facelifts in the High Street and Polton Street. He added major UK stores had outlets at Straiton Retail Park, which had good transport and parking facilities.

However, the retail reminder irked some local residents, who posted their comments on Facebook.

Maryann Horsburgh said: “I would if there was decent shops as there is none in Dalkeith.

“If Midlothian Council lowered their rates for the shops maybe this would attract other retail buisness in opening shops in Midlothian, instead of charity shops being opened all over Midlothian.”

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