3G, Councillor Milligan, Penicuik havoc and ScotRail

Monday March 25th 2019

Christine Grahame

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View

PAYFC (Penicuik Athletic Youth Football Club) petition for the pitch at Penicuik playing fields goes before the Council’s Petitions committee the week beginning 18th March. By the time you read this we will know how it fared. When you consider that 350 young people use its facilities with over 50 volunteers keeping the whole thing going then it should be a no-brainer for the council to replace that awful pitch.

Louise Shepherd (PAYFC’s development officer) has my full support from the outset. Add to that other young Midlothian musicians are keeping up the pressure for music tuition and may yet bring a petition forward then the council is being told loud and clear that the young people of Midlothian are on the move.

Does anyone know if Councillor Derek Milligan has access to e-mails? Does he know how to use them?

I need to know because I have had no response whatsoever to my first asking him when he last attended council leaders’ meetings at COSLA to put the case for Midlothian funding. I have written again and hope that someone somewhere will take the trouble to answer, even if he can’t or won’t. At the very least it is impolite and at worst unprofessional because I am not going away.

Penicuik havoc. Be ready for this as Penicuik Town Centre is closing on 23rd and 24th March and again on the weekend of 6th and 7th April. This is to avoid closing the road’s on Mother’s day and impacting on local businesses although this is small comfort given all the disturbance losing parking. I have put details on my Facebook pages.

ScotRail. I am only too aware of the chaos cancellations at the weekend and the overcrowding which drives me to despair as a user and one who campaigned since 1999 for the line to be restored. I am raising the issue with the Government and with Alex Hynes Chief Executive of ScotRail.

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