‘Thanks for nothing’ - Midlothian pensioner set to sue council

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A wheelchair-bound pensioner is threatening Midlothian Council with legal action after “lies” about him were published in a staff magazine.

Suffering from the degenerative illness motor neuron disease, Thomas McFadden (73), from Bonnyrigg, has been given just months to live.

Unable to access his garden due to broken slabs and weeds, he complained to the council and a team from Midlothian Garden Services (MGS) agreed to lay slabs and cut the grass.

MGS, a gardening social enterprise, carried out the work free of charge after being contacted by the council’s senior risk, safety and health advisor John McGeough. But while the council has given itself a pat on the back, describing Mr McFadden, in its quarterly staff magazine Inside Midlothian, as being “very happy” with work carried out, the furious pensioner has labelled the effort “a disgrace”.

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