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Residents’ anger at Penicuik homeless unit plan

Pentland House, Penicuik

Pentland House, Penicuik

Penicuik residents are up in arms over Midlothian Council proposals to convert a former old people’s home into a unit for the homeless.

The council outlined its vision for Pentland House to Penicuik and District Community Council recently.

Pentland House closed in September after providing residential care for almost 50 elderly residents for the past 37 years.

Alan Robertson, a community councillor who lives in Dykes Road to the rear of Pentland House, said he understood the unit was to be created in a bid to reduce the number of homeless people in Midlothian.

“I have spoken to a lot of people in the area. There are 43 rooms and basically it is going to be a big B&B.”

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