Two new cash injections have been secured to help stave off fears of closure for Hillend dry ski slope in Scotland.

sportscotland, the national agency for sport in Scotland, has worked with Midlothian Council to secure the future of the centre, culminating in an offer of funding of £533,000.

At the same time, the Scottish Government has approved  £400,000 in funding to support the use of the centre by children in the Edinburgh and Lothians area through the sportscotland Active Schools programme.

The dry ski centre's future had been in question after the council indicated last year it could no longer afford to indefinitely subsidise the national snowsports facility.

Proposed new developments for the £533,000 funding include a new 210-metre ski slope; a new 80-metre nursery slope; new snowtubing runs; the installation of a magic lift and a moving walkway; and the extension and improvement work to the existing nursery slopes using safer ski matting.

Subject to necessary planning consents Midlothian Council hope to appoint a contractor and break ground on the project before the end of December this year.