Long-awaited repairs to the cemetery wall at St Michael’s Church finally got under way this week, to the delight of local campaigners
The Musselburgh Common Good Fund is footing the bill for the £40,000 project, which will see the construction of a new supporting wall in front of the existing wall.
Local residents and church-goers began calling for action almost 20 years ago, when the retaining wall of the graveyard became unsightly and unsafe.
Over the years, a number of temporary measures have been put in place to prevent the structure from toppling on to Church Lane – the main pedestrian access to the church from Musselburgh.
Inveresk Village Society and church minister Rev Andrew Dick have led the calls for permanent repairs and the removal of the ugly wooden hoarding put up by East Lothian Council to seal off the area.
With the exception of Remembrance Sunday, when special access arrangements will be put in place, Church Lane will now be closed for the duration of the works, expected to take four weeks.
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