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LOANHEAD: The publishing of names of council house tenants in arrears of rent by Loanhead Town Council has resulted in a marked improvement in the situation. When a review of rent arrears was made by the Finance Committee on Monday evening, members commented on the considerable reduction in the number of defaulters. The sum now owed by existing tenants was £132 compared with just over £400 a month ago. The committee agreed to continue to publish the names of tenants who were a month or over in arrears.
PENICUIK: Police are treating as “suspicious” three fires at the Bush Estate early yesterday morning. Forensic officers are investigating the fires at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies’ Centre of Tropical Veterinary Medicine, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food premises and the New McCauley Institute which began at 4.30pm. More than 50 firemen and 10 appliances from all over Midlothian and Edinburgh fought the fires. Yesterday morning the local Chief Inspector said that no-one had admitted responsibility for the fires and that there was no indication animal rights activists were suspected.
COUSLAND: Cousland Village Hall is set to reopen in January as the refurbishment continues thanks to funding totalling over £35,000 received from various organisations including Lloyds TSB, the Robertson Trust and Awards for All.
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