Last week staff from Cowieslinn Asphalt Plant undertook a Lend-A-Hand for Eddleston Out of School Club. The club provides after school care for up to 40 of the village children and is based in the village hall for which it is one of the main users. The village hall is also a regular home to another 11 groups from carpet bowlers, the Horticultural Society and the Scottish Woman’s Rural Institute to aerobics and parties.
Over recent years their car park has deteriorated resulting in potholed and muddy surface that was not ideal or safe for any of the users. The community has been trying to improve the car park for a number of years without success.
CEMEX were initially approached to see if we could supply some material to help fill some of the holes. We declined on this offer and instead provided a load of 20mm aggregate, along with 2 staff, to scrape back the car park surface and lay the new aggregate providing an improved parking area. This was also made possible through the assistance of local contractor, Graham Irvine & Partners, who arranged (at no cost) transport for a mini digger to the site to help make the process a little easier.
Special thanks go to Linsey Gibson, Coating Plant Supervisor, who lives in the village and brought the project to our attention, as well as driving it through to completion and, in all fairness, did most of the hard work.
The upgraded car park is already being fully appreciated by the local community with some of the kids from the club giving it a big thumbs up.