Fears over ‘timebomb’ chimneys in Dalkeith

Dalkeith High Street has been closed most of today, Tuesday 3rd January, due to falling masonry caused by the high winds.
Dalkeith High Street has been closed most of today, Tuesday 3rd January, due to falling masonry caused by the high winds.

Ageing chimneys on Dalkeith High Street are causing a major worry over the safety of pedestrians below, it has emerged.

Locals fear a repeat of an incident during January’s storms, when a chimney stack collapsed above the Ship Inn pub, bringing masonry crashing onto the pavement below.

Metal railings were left mangled but luckily no-one was hurt.

A number of properties have been inspected as part of the Dalkeith Heritage and Regeneration project – a grants scheme which aims to repair historic buildings in the conservation area.

The crumbling 19th century structures are causing concerns for safety within the town.

Project manager Rod Lugg, who discovered one chimney perched on just three bricks, fears that other buildings might be in a similar state of disrepair.

Read full story in the April 26 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.