Race around the new path at Easthouses

Friday May 12th 2023


Cllr Alexander with Land and Countryside Manager James Kinch.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

A new path round the edge of Easthouses Park includes freshly-stencilled start and finish lines to encourage children to time themselves running round the circuit.

The high-quality asphalt path, which was requested by local people, also now links to existing paths to support healthy living and walking.

The three ward councillors from the previous administration, Councillor Peter Smaill, Councillor Stuart McKenzie and former Councillor John Hackett pooled their environmental ‘pots’ to fund the £77,000 of improvements.

Next year the land and countryside service hopes to secure developer contributions to improve play equipment in the park.

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for parks, Councillor Dianne Alexander said: “It’s great to see the council responding to community aspirations and councillors and officers working together to improve the local area.

“The path is designed for everyone to benefit from and Easthouses Park is now more accessible, encouraging healthy lifestyles for Midlothian residents. We hope, in the future, to improve the play area for young people.”

Cllr Alexander challenged our Land and Countryside Manager James Kinch to a race. He blamed an old cycling injury when she crossed the finishing line before him. James is pictured with Cllr Alexander at the Start line.

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