What is your view on ‘Destination Hillend’?

Wednesday January 16th 2019

Destination Hillend

Midlothian Council wants to hear your views on ambitious plans to potentially turn Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend into an all-year-round, multi-activity leisure development.

If financially viable and given the go-ahead by councillors, the project may include:

– Zipline (highest in UK)
– Alpine coaster (longest in UK)
– New reception building for the Snowsports Centre
– Foodcourt and function space
– Associated retail space
– Glamping tourist accommodation with wigwams
– Activity dome with high ropes and soft play
– Freestyle jump slope upgrade and extension
– Hotel development opportunity

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for sport and leisure, Councillor Derek Milligan said:

“We’re very excited about the potential leisure and economic benefits an expanded year-round facility at Hillend could bring to the local area.

“If given the go ahead, not only would the investment pay for itself , but it could generate additional income that would be invested back into council services such as education, health and social care. The project could also create 50 full time jobs.

“We think enhancing the current facilities with the highest zipwire in the UK, the longest Alpine coaster and the indoor climbing and soft play will attract families from all over the country and beyond.

“While the plans are just proposals currently, we are looking for feedback from local people to help shape our future planning application. Given the budget challenges we are facing, we also want to be certain of the solid business case behind these ambitious plans before giving the final go-ahead.”

Drop in to Midlothian Snowsports Centre anytime between 2pm and 7.30pm on Monday 28 January 2019 to find out more about Destination Hillend.

At the event, local people will be able to have a chat about the proposals and look at computer generated images of what the centre could potentially look like. The CGIs are for illustration purposes only.

The consultation is part of a pre-application notice, further details of which can be found on the Midlothian Council website’s planning portal HERE.

Councillors are likely to decide on Destination Hillend some time in early spring and, if given the go-ahead, a planning application would follow soon after. The construction work would be planned in phases, to minimise disruption to the existing facilities.

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