Name change for Penicuik group

A PENICUIK organisation, which aims to improve the built and natural environment of the town, has undergone its own transformation.

Project Penicuik, which was established in 2007, changed its name to Penicuik Civic Society on April 1.

David Fletcher, one of the initiative’s founders, explained: “The new name gives a better indication of the objectives and activities of the organisation, and identifies its affiliation with the Scottish Civic Trust.”

The main purposes of the Penicuik society – a registered charity – are to protect, preserve and improve building and landscape of the town, to promote high standards of urban and rural planning, and to encourage interest in the history and character of the local area.

Mr Fletcher, a former Midlothian councillor, added: “We are always pleased to receive suggestions of where it is felt features of the built and natural environment – big or small – are in need of care and attention.”

More recently, three benches were installed adjacent to the bus stop on the north side of Kentigern Way and the area to the rear has been tidied up. The B-Listed Cowan Well, in the High Street, is to receive attention and there is to be further landscaping in Angle Park.

Anyone wishing to make suggestions or to learn more about the society should contact 01968 673758.