Community chooses name for Newbattle facility

The new community facility at Newbattle is to be named Newbattle Community Campus after it was the top choice in a recent Midlothian Council poll.

221 people voted in favour of Newbattle Community Campus

At the full council meeting on Tuesday, councillors approved the new name after hearing 221 people voted in favour of it in the online survey while 85 people chose the other option, the Newbattle Centre.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the poll

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for property and facilities, Councillor Derek Milligan said: “Many thanks to everyone who took part in the six-week long survey.

“The Newbattle Community Campus is the preferred choice of name by a long way so, having listened to our communities, we’re delighted to confirm this is what the facilities will be officially named.”

The high school will retain its name

Newbattle High School will retain its name.

The survey ran from 31 March to 5 May after Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council told council officers that Newbattle Community Campus was the preferred choice of local residents.

The facility had been referred to as the Newbattle Centre

The facility, which will mirror the opening times of the Lasswade Centre, had been referred to as the Newbattle Centre.

Council officers then discussed the idea of inviting local communities to pick their favourite name with Newtongrange and Gorebridge community councils. All three community councils agreed.

The building will open in 2018

The facility, which is being delivered by the council’s development partner, Hub South East, will open in 2018 and the school will hold up to 1200 pupils.

Facilities will include a new library and swimming pool

The campus, on the site of the Mayfield Complex, will be 15,613 sqm. As well as a high school, local people will benefit from a new library, gym, swimming pool, sports facilities (including all weather pitch) and a range of community facilities on campus. 

The centre is being paid for with joint money from the council and through the Scottish Government’s Scotland’s Schools for the Future Programme.

28 Jun 2017