Stay of execution for former Bonnyrigg leisure centre

Protest at Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre
Protest at Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre

Groups looking to take over the former Bonnyrigg leisure centre have been given more time to develop viable proposals.

Councillors, meeting in Dalkeith yesterday (March 25), agreed to reject a recommendation to proceed with demolition of the centre, which was vacated when the council built the £38m Lasswade Centre last year.

Instead councillors agreed to receive further detail on existing bids, or completely new bids, and to meet again in June to make a final decision on the centre’s future.

Interested parties have been urged to submit bids in the next few weeks to allow them to be assessed in time for the June meeting.

Council Leader Owen Thompson (SNP) said: “There is clear merit in extending the time available and then looking again at bids received at the end of this period. As a council, we are supportive of helping community organisations and have backed projects like the Glencorse Centre in Auchendinnie and it is appropriate we give people more time to work up proposals.”

Two bids - from Bonnyrigg Centre Trust and Midlothian Fitness Academy - had been submitted for consideration by the council.

Council officials assessed both bids looking at aspects such as financial viability, how the work would fit with plans to improve people’s lives and the level of community consultation/ support for each bid.

In addition the council has agreed to review the provision of soft play areas in the Bonnyrigg area.