A community centre that was forced to close after the discovery of rats will remain shut for a second week.

North Berwick Community Centre closed on Monday, November 20 following reports of the rodents in, and around, the building.

East Lothian Council confirmed then that pest control procedures were in place and that its environmental health team hoped to resolve the problem in a few days' time.

However, a week on, the centre is still shut. And the local authority today confirmed that it would not reopen until next Monday (December 4) at the earliest.

An East Lothian Council spokesperson said: “Since the temporary closure of North Berwick Community Centre on November 20, East Lothian Council’s environmental health team, property maintenance and external pest controllers have worked collaboratively and swiftly over the last few days to resolve the issue.

“The centre will remain closed this week, Monday, November 27 to Sunday, December 3 inclusive.

“This will allow time to ensure that the pest control measures have been effective and the issue has been satisfactorily resolved, and hopefully later in the week provide an opportunity for the council’s facilities management 'deep clean team' to prepare for reopening.

“A further update will be provided later this week.”