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Funding plea over Midlothian dry ski slope

Robin Harper MSP with Lucy Singh and Hannah Dolby, who set up the save Midlothian Snowsports Centre Facebook group/Pic: Ivon Bartholomew
Robin Harper has written to Scottish ministers about funding the ski centre

Scottish ministers are being urged to help fund the longest dry ski slope in Europe.

The call has come from Green MSP Robin Harper who wants the government to give match funding, in the short term, to keep Midlothian Snowsports Centre open.

Midlothian Council has raised fears that it can no longer afford to maintain the centre.

The attraction at Hillend is currently operating at a loss of about £500,000 a year.

Mr Harper said: "It's frankly embarrassing that we are having to fight to save one of our premier snow sport resources right in the middle of the Winter Olympics.

"If we are to produce the next generation of Scottish Winter Olympians, then facilities such as Hillend are absolutely vital.

"I understand that councils across the country are having a tough time financially, but we cannot lose this incredibly important, and popular, sporting asset.

"That is why I am writing to Scottish ministers requesting an urgent meeting, and I will urge them to do everything they can to help secure its future."

There is also a campaign on the social networking site Facebook to save the dry ski slope.



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