Council block move to install CCTV in Lauder Road

Wednesday August 12th 2015

Lauder Road

Residents have been left disappointed after the SNP council blocked a move to improve safety in the Lauder Road/Kippielaw area.

At yesterday’s Council meeting Labour Councillor Kenny Young had raised the issue of CCTV in the area. This follows several serious incidents that have taken place recently.

Councillor Young had proposed a motion for officials to bring a report to the next council meeting outlining whether and how CCTV could help improve safety in the area. Due to the seriousness of the issue, he asked for cross party support on the issue.

However, the SNP led council proposed an opposing motion to consider CCTV in Lauder Road together with other areas in Midlothian as part of the Council Budget for 2016/17. It was this motion that was passed and not Councillor Young’s.

Councillor Young was left disappointed and angry after the meeting as he feels this now means that CCTV in the area has been kicked into the long grass and will not be treated with the urgency he says it needs and residents want. A wider Midlothian review will be slower and link it with budgetary concerns he says.

He said he was really disappointed to see the other two Councillors for the area, Lisa Beattie (SNP) and Peter de Vink (Independent), backing the SNP motion, saying “I think they’ve let our area down really badly.”

Residents of the area want CCTV installed to improve safety in the area, with one parent saying he will no longer allow his 15 year old daughter to walk down into Woodburn.

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