Our comments on Councillors decision to say no to
The Hub view of the decision directly after the meeting:
"In June 2014 Midlothian Council decided to put our Community Hub bid on the back burner while they explore if they can afford to pay for Bright Sparks to relocate into the back hall. Their plan involves demolition of most of the building, leaving the back hall area. We love Bright Sparks work. With the will of Councillors Bright Sparks could be accommodated in the back hall, with the remainder used for the general public. Keeping the whole building for the whole community means that the other 21 user groups wishing to be accommodated in the building could be included in its future. However, it seems, Midlothian Council is using this as an excuse to demolish the main building.
We are glad the back hall is now safe. But the most of the building (77%) is still very much at risk. We are still hoping that all groups can be included in the future of the building.
There is still no credible reason to demolish the main building. If it was not for all your support the building would be grass by now, and even the back hall option would not be safe. Bonnyrigg Centre Trust appeal to Midlothian Council not to demolish the main building and to encourage a cooperative approach rather than competition.
The next decision on the building will be held behind closed doors between the CEO and Owen Thomson.
We still stand for a community run hub, that is 100% inclusive. There is space for everyone and their unmet needs, including Bright Sparks. There is so much more we can do, if we get given the chance to work together. We still live in hope that the Council will conclude from their investigations that it makes best sense to retain and reuse the whole building for the whole community.
For more on the Building Follow this The 'Stop Demolition' page"
The Hub Plan-
The plan proposed to Midlothian Council by Bonnyrigg Centre Trust ltd was a 'Bonnyrigg Hub' plan: To reuse the former Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre as a Big Hub: The Whole building for the whole community with: