Councillor to sit on trust board

Councillor Ellen Scott is to represent Midlothian Council on the Board of Trustees for Newbyres Community Trust.

Councillors voted

At the full Council meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted in favour of Councillor Scott’s appointment.

Board request

The move comes after a request from the Chair of Newbyres Community Trust, Peter Semple asking the council to nominate a local councillor from the Gorebridge area.

Improving health and wellbeing

The trust’s aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of local people by increasing opportunities to take part in sport and to ultimately find resources to refurbish Newbyres Park, home to Arniston Rangers Football Club, as a community and sporting resource for the future. The Trust will comprise community/Arniston Rangers Football Club and Arniston Rangers Youth Football club members.


Cllr Scott said she was honoured to represent the council.

Changing lives

She added: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to sit on the board and further serve the local community. I ‘immigrated’ to Gorebridge in 1974 from faraway Dalkeith and I know the difference the Trust will make to local lives. Newbyres Football Ground is in in the centre of the village and in need of refurbishment.  It is vitally important that we make this a sporting complex we can be proud of, with a new all-weather pitch and new facilities.  The Trust will try to find available grant/other funding sources to make this possible – it may take time, but we will certainly try!

Looking forward

“I’m looking forward to making a positive contribution to the board.”

29 Aug 2023