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The Steuart sisters of Lasswade, 1886. Photo: National Museums Scotland/Scran

The Steuart sisters of Lasswade, 1886. Photo: National Museums Scotland/Scran

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1966

BILSTON: Penicuik District Council are to make a last plea to Midlothian County Council to clean-up an area at Bilston on the main Penicuik/ Edinburgh Road. This area was described by county councillor John Denholm, at a meeting of the Dsitrict Council at Penicuik on Monday evening, as an eyesore and a disgrace. The area is jointly owned by the District Council and Midlothian County Council and running through the middle of the ground is the rat-infested Bilston Burn, which has been a source of trouble and annoyance to nearby householders. Mr Denholm’s colleagues agreed to ask the County Council to take action, and if nothing is done they are contemplating inviting a landscape gardener to do the work and ask the County Council to pay.

1991

MAYFIELD: Mayfield’s community based business McSence has been given six months’ rent free accommodation by Scottish Homes. The premises at Buckie Road, Mayfield, are situated in the same building as Scottish Homes’ local tenants’ meeting point. To date McSence, which carries out property maintenance and repair work has draught proofed and insulated more than 300 homes in Midlothian as a sub contractor to the Lothian and Borders Energy and Environmental Network. The main beneficiaries are families on low income.

2006

WOODBURN: The people of Woodburn, Dalkeith, have welcomed the introduction of a new ‘police portal’ initiative - but claim that police are out of touch with life in the problem-ridden area. Woodburn is the first community in Scotland to see the adoption of the system whereby residents will have crime alerts texted, emailed or telephoned directly to them. They will also be able to send messages confidentially to the police via the same methods.

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