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The Lady Victoria Pit Head. Photo courtesy Midlothian Council Local Studies
The Lady Victoria Pit Head. Photo courtesy Midlothian Council Local Studies

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ESKBANK: Protests against the din of heavy coal lorries rumbling through the streets of Bonnyrigg have brought results - but the people of Eskbank will suffer. For from 11pm to 6am, the lorries are to run through Eskbank instead of Bonnyrigg. And they will continue to go through Loanhead and Lasswade although from Monday lorries are making fewer journeys. Angry residents faced a representative of the Coal Board at Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Town Council and told him their grievances. The assistant area manager apolgised and said the problem had been caused by the seamen’s strike with coal from Leith being stored at Newtongrange.


MILLERHILL: Hearts chairman Wallace Mercer has announced changes to the proposals for a development at Millerhill, in a bid to make the project more acceptable to planners. The plan for a £100 million complex has been changed to allow for an “increased recreational element” Mr Mercer told the Advertiser. The original scheme for a 20,000 seat stadium, supermarket, two hotels, three restaurants, office space and parking for 5000 cars and 350 coaches has been revised to include a 16-court tennis ranch, fitness centre, a second, smaller 4000-seater stadium, running track and children’s play park.


PATHHEAD: Two familiar faces in Pathhead shut up shop for the last time at the weekend. Ian and Ann Gough (both 65) have both worked at John C Gough and Son, general convenience store, for more than 45 years since they moved to the county from Edinburgh. The shop ceased trading on Sunday, bringing the end of an era to a store which has served Pathhead people on a daily basis for all those years.

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