A bid to introduce a hot food takeaway in Penicuik town centre has been met with the cold shoulder from the community council.
Penicuik and District Community Council has agreed to oppose Scotmid’s plans for the change of use of 24 High Street.
The former butcher’s shop has lain vacant for four years despite efforts to market the premises.
Scotmid believes that a hot food takeaway would “make a contribution to the vitality and viability of the area”.
Discussing the application last week, community councillor David Florence said: “As much as I want to have shops operating and we don’t like seeing empty shops we shouldn’t grab at anybody.
“I did object when someone wanted to put in a cash for clothes business.
“Having been involved with BIDs [Business Improvement District], this kind of clashes with that idea. The idea is to reinvigour the High Street and get in some attractive looking shops. I don’t think a hot food shop would add to [the town centre]position.”
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