Update given on new water works

DAMHEAD Community Council received a comprehensive update on the consequences for local residents if Scottish Water plans to a new water treatment works, near Penicuik, goes ahead.

The utility company has indicated that it wishes to construct the WTW, which will serve Edinburgh, on land near Glencorse. A planning application will be lodged in the autumn.

Community council secretary Christine Ireland said Scottish Water gave a powerpoint presentation of its plans, which would see the pipes running through Damhead.

Although the pipes would mainly cross fields, they would have to cross the A703 and Pentland Road to reach Fairmilehead and Alnwickhill.

"There was a free and frank discussion with residents and many questions answered. We look forward to participating in the community forum, which will meet monthly to keep residents up to date on progress," added Mrs Ireland.

Meanwhile, Old Pentland Cemetery featured in a Radio Scotland programme called "Past Lives".

Local resident Lorna Goudie had visited the Edinburgh Museum to see the Currie stone, which was taken there many years ago. Although the stone is not on public view, it commemorates James Currie and his wife Helen Alexander.

Later the programme moved to Old Pentland and a discussion on the medieval slabs associated with the Knights Templar. Known as "The Arnold Stones", two were removed from the perimeter wall where they had been used as copes.

Old Pentland Cemetery will be open on Open Doors Day on Saturday, September 8. All are welcome.