Historic Dalkeith pub to become betting shop

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Bookmaker William Hill has narrowly been granted consent to open a betting shop in one of Dalkeith’s most historic buildings.

The company announced its intention to take over the former Old Meal Market pub back in March.

The council has since received 48 letters of objection, including one from Dalkeith and District Community Council.

At a recent meeting of the planning committee, councillors were evenly split on whether or not the building should be turned into a bookies shop and two flats.

With the vote tied at 7-7, Councillor Russell Imrie (Lab) used his casting vote as chairman of the committee to rule in favour of the planning department’s recommendation to grant the application.

Read full story in the September 5 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.