Trust’s fears over Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre row

Anne Elliot, Bonnyrigg
Anne Elliot, Bonnyrigg

A charitable trust with designs to take over part of Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre fears its plans could be derailed by local protests.

Anne Elliot, chairman of Bonnyrigg and Sherwood Development Trust, is keen to gauge public opinion on what should be done with a back hall section of the King George V Park building.

Her hope is that the remainder of the property, which is in need of repair, will be demolished to make way for a soft play facility for local youngsters.

Opposed to her plans, and supported by 730 residents and several community groups, Keep Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre has been campaigning for re-use of the whole building to provide other services and facilities for the community.

Backed by Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Community Council chairman Darius Namdaran, protesters recently persuaded Midlothian Council’s chief executive Kenneth Lawrie to give the building a two-month stay of execution.

Mrs Elliot fears a worst-case scenario where the entire building is demolished and the community loses out altogether.

Read full story in the July 4 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.