New fitness trail among council approved projects

The projects will form part of the new capital plan

An outdoor fitness trail at King George V Park in Bonnyrigg and a new freestyle jump slope at Midlothian Snowsports Centre are among projects now included in the council’s capital plan.

The plan outlines money for facilities

The capital plan outlines money that will be spent on council facilities and infrastructure.

The trail will be funded by external contributions

The fitness trail will cost £21,000 but will be fully funded by external contributions from Tesco, Bank of Scotland and the local community council at Bonnyrigg and Lasswade.

Projects include a new jump slope for Hillend

The £104,000 for the freestyle jump slope at Hillend will bring the existing surface up to international standard. It will be part-funded by the national sport agency for Scotland, sportscotland.

Saltersgate Schools will also be altered

Councillors also approved £254,000 for further internal alterations to Saltersgate School to fit the needs of pupils.

New lighting columns will be put up on the Bonnyrigg Bypass

The approved capital projects also include two initiatives paid for by Sustrans, the organisation which works to ensure people have safe walking and cycling routes. The first is to install lighting columns on the Bonnyrigg Bypass to Gorton Road at a cost of £127,000 while the second is to widen the existing footpath and convert the puffin crossing to a toucan crossing at the B6482. This will complement the existing and proposed cycling facilities at the Newbattle Centre. The project will cost £84,000.

Council Leader Cllr Catherine Johnstone welcomed news of the projects

Council Leader Councillor Catherine Johnstone said: “We’re delighted to be able to approve a wide range of fantastic projects to enhance our communities partly  funded through having secured  external funding .

“I’m sure thousands of residents will enjoy everything from the new fitness trail to the improved cycling and walking routes.”

8 Feb 2017