Funding arrangements agreed to revitalise Gorebridge
Major funding arrangements totalling more than £1.6 million to revitalise the centre of Gorebridge were approved by Midlothian councillors at the full council meeting on Tuesday.
Funding recommendations approved
At the meeting, councillors agreed a number of recommendations including:
- £1,368 million of external grants, including the Scottish Government Borders Railway Blueprint fund
- £0.125 million from Midlothian Council
- £0.150 million of developer contributions
The funding will be used for the Gorebridge Connected project. Prepared by the council in partnership with Gorebridge Community Development Trust, this will see:
- The former Gorebridge Railway Station House redeveloped into a cafe, gallery and office space, creating four to five full time jobs in the café and space for 10-15 employment opportunities in new, upstairs office accommodation in the building;
- Hunter Square public realm enhancements;
- The development of a heritage and signage project to connect Hunter Square and Gorebridge train station with other parts of Gorebridge and beyond. There is also potential for enhancement of up to three buildings on Main Street.
Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for economic development, Councillor Russell Imrie said: “This is wonderful news for the community.
“Work should begin on the Hunter Square improvements next month and a planning application for the railway station house was submitted in May 2018.”