New fitness trail and jump slope among council approved projects

Tuesday February 21st 2017

King George V Park Bonnyrigg

An outdoor fitness trail at King George V Park in Bonnyrigg and a new freestyle jump slope at Midlothian Snowsports Centre are among projects now included in the council’s capital plan.

The capital plan outlines money that will be spent on council facilities and infrastructure.

The fitness trail will cost £21,000 but will be fully funded by external contributions from Tesco, Bank of Scotland and the local community council at Bonnyrigg and Lasswade.

The £104,000 for the freestyle jump slope at Hillend will bring the existing surface up to international standard. It will be part-funded by the national sport agency for Scotland, sportscotland.

Councillors also approved £254,000 for further internal alterations to Saltersgate School to fit the needs of pupils.

The approved capital projects also include two initiatives paid for by Sustrans, the organisation which works to ensure people have safe walking and cycling routes. The first is to install lighting columns on the Bonnyrigg Bypass to Gorton Road at a cost of £127,000 while the second is to widen the existing footpath and convert the puffin crossing to a toucan crossing at the B6482. This will complement the existing and proposed cycling facilities at the Newbattle Centre. The project will cost £84,000.

Council Leader Councillor Catherine Johnstone said: “We’re delighted to be able to approve a wide range of fantastic projects to enhance our communities partly funded through having secured external funding .

“I’m sure thousands of residents will enjoy everything from the new fitness trail to the improved cycling and walking routes.”

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