Flower baskets to brighten up Penicuik

Penicuik councillor Derek Rosie and Penicuik First chairman Michael Graham are joined by local resident Anne McLay in admiring the hanging baskets
Penicuik councillor Derek Rosie and Penicuik First chairman Michael Graham are joined by local resident Anne McLay in admiring the hanging baskets

The centre of Penicuik is set to be brightened up with the introduction of hanging flower baskets in the next week thanks to Penicuik First.

The news was warmly welcomed by Penicuik Community Council at their latest meeting last week, when Midlothian councillor Derek Rosie (SNP) told them all about it, and other planned improvements in the town centre by the Business Improvement District scheme Penicuik First.

He said: “The hanging baskets should be going up in the next week or so. There will be around 40 in the town centre.

“Ten or 11 businesses are going to get brackets to put them up.

“We have identified where they will be going.

“Penicuik First are paying for it all, from the levy that the businesses are paying.

“We are trying to improve the look of the town centre.

“Once they are up that should be a decent display of flowers around the centre of town, just making it more welcoming.”

Councillor Rosie was also happy to reveal some more exciting work by Penicuik First. He said: “The other thing we are looking to do is get anchors built into the 
precinct to hold down the stalls for the market.

“This will mean the market can go ahead in any weather. So we won’t have to have it in the town hall when it’s windy. It will always be outside. This way it retains the footfall for the town centre businesses.

“The anchors could be used for other community events as well.

“Also through Penicuik First, we are looking to put Christmas lights on from the town hall, right along the High Street.

“We thought we would put something into the High Street to give the businesses something back.

“We will be putting lights on the trees as well.

“We are working on that for this coming Christmas and looking to put the Christmas tree in the precinct if we can.

“Let’s see what we can do on that, as that’s where it should be.”