200 people drop in to Hillend event

Destination Hillend 5

Around 200 people dropped in to Midlothian Snowsports Centre on Monday 28 January to give their views on ambitious plans to turn it into an all-year-round, multi-activity leisure destination.

Will inform planning applications

The comments will now be used to inform the business plan and any future planning applications, if the project gets the go ahead. Councillors are likely to decide on the proposals when a report is brought before the full Council, some time in the spring.

More about the plans

The proposals include:

  • Zipline (highest in UK)
  • Alpine coaster (longest in UK)
  • New reception building for the Snowsports Centre
  • Foodcourt and function space
  • Associated retail space
  • Glamping tourist accommodation
  • Activity dome with high ropes and soft play
  • Freestyle jump slope repair and extension
  • Hotel development opportunity

Great response

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for sport and leisure, Councillor Derek Milligan said: “Many thanks to everyone who came along on the day.

“We’re delighted with the response. It was a great opportunity to explain a bit more about the proposals and get some feedback.

More money for council services

“With the current financial constraints, we’re very aware this investment needs to pay for itself in the future and indeed generate additional income that could be ploughed back into vital council services such as education, health and social care. It would also help secure the future of this important leisure facility.

“If we do think the business case stacks up, the enhanced facilities, with the highest zipwire in the UK, the longest Alpine coaster and the indoor high ropes and soft play, will attract families from Midlothian and beyond.”

Minimal disruption

The consultation was part of a pre-application notice. The construction work would be planned in phases, to minimise disruption to the existing facilities.

The CGI shows what the centre might look like but is for illustration purposes only.

29 Jan 2019