Stories from our files
PENICUIK: Penicuik Town Council have shelved meantime the proposal to build a new pavilion in the public park. Tenders received for the work have not been opened. When the Public Parks Committee met to discuss the proposed new pavilion, reference was made to the review of capital expenditure. After a full discussion it was agreed that the project be delayed until January 1, 1967.
GOREBRIDGE: Speculation over the future of Greenhall High School was raised this week after a claim by the local SNP it has “good reason to believe this school will close”. Prospective SNP Parliamentary candidate for Midlothian Andrew Lumsden said he was challenging education chiefs to “categorically state that under no circumstances will Greenhall High School be closed.” The Gorebridge school had been under threat of closure in 1982 but this was lifted following a hard fought community campaign for its retention.
LASSWADE: Major plans for a 75 bedroom hotel, pub and restaurant in Midlothian have received the backing of the local authority. Councillors at last week’s planning committee agreed they were minded to grant consent to Dobbies Garden Centre for the development, which will also involve extending the garden centre and neighbouring Butterfly World at Melville Nurseries, Lasswade. The plans will now go before the Structure Plan Joint Liaison Committee later this month after objections were lodged by Edinburgh and East Lothian Councils fearing for the safety of the Green Belt. However Councillor Derek Milligan noted it was an Edinburgh Council report that indicated a need for more top class hotels.
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