Park life for Gorebridge residents

Near derelict site transformed

The £105,000 Midlothian Council project will see the 2.2 hectare acre site converted into a community asset, incorporating an orchard, wildflower meadow, planted areas, paths and woodland.

A council spokesman said: “This site, opposite Gorebridge Primary School, has been a real blot on the landscape . However, with fantastic support from local people, we’re now on track to improve the space and make it safe for the benefit of the local community.”

Plenty of good news for Gorebridge

The park, which will also include a new entrance with ornamental gates, is just one example of how Gorebridge is transforming. The area is now served by the Borders Railway, the new primary school is due to open later this year while Gorebridge Community Development Trust is in the process of developing a multi-purpose community hub. The hub will replace the old Brown Building providing a much-needed, fit for purpose community.

Money for the park project is coming from various ‘pot’s from council budgets and from Central Scotland Green Network.

A geogrid, which is a synthetic mesh, will be installed beneath the surface of the site to support the landscape as it sits on old mine workings.

Work completed in next few weeks

Work should be completed by mid April 2016.

Eventually, if match funding, is secured, the council plans to work with the local community on play facilities for young people.

Council working with community

Ellen Scott, who chairs the local community group, Gorebridge Cares, said: “Gorebridge Cares is delighted and very excited that Midlothian Council has started work on the new Auld Gala Park.  This is an important strategic area which will give lots of children around the new park a lovely place to play.  It is across from the local primary school, which means parents and pupils will be able to walk, cycle and scooter to school and it will also be ideal for the school’s daily daunders.  I hope that everyone - young and old - will be able to enjoy this lovely green open space in the middle of Gorebridge."

Gorebridge Station is one of four stations in Midlothian served by the Borders Railway.

4 Mar 2016