Council keeping watch on works at Loanhead home

Community council chairman Pat Kenny outside Mayburn House, Loanhead, where unauthorised work is being carried out.''Windows have been removed and walls taken down.
Community council chairman Pat Kenny outside Mayburn House, Loanhead, where unauthorised work is being carried out.''Windows have been removed and walls taken down.

Midlothian Council has given the Loanhead community assurances that it is monitoring works being carried out at a former care home.

After Joseph Croan-Bee purchased Mayburn House, the former old folks’ home last year work began to make the property wind and water tight.

Mr Croan-Bee, who owns the nearby Inveravon Hotel, told the Advertiser he intended to turn the building into a private house.

In recent months Loanhead and District Community Council has sought an update from the local authority as work continues to demolish a boundary wall.

In an email planning enforcement officer Bruce MacLeod said: “The property has been extensively monitored – both prior to and after receipt of your email. I have also have detailed discussions with the owner of the property.”

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