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LOANHEAD: Loanhead Town Council has been advised this week of proposals for the transfer of secondary school pupils to Lasswade to commence next year. At a meeting of the council and the Director of Education a year ago it was made clear that Loanhead was to lose its secondary department. Reasons now given for a start to be made in 1967 are the serious accommodation difficulties for primary pupils. The operation for the transfer is to be made in three phases over a two year period.
DALKEITH: Midlothian District Council is facing the future with a new spirit and confidence with the official opening this week of its new £6 million headquarters. At midday tomorrow District Convenor Dan Lennie will invite MP Roy Hattersley, depute leader of the Labour party, to begin a new era in the council’s history by unveiling a plaque and declaring the building open. As the focal point for the council’s activities, Midlothian House in Dalkeith will allow for the first time, the centralisation of council services in Midlothian.
PENICUIK: Penicuik police are considering charging parents of unruly children in an attempt to clamp down on increasing incidents of anti-social behaviour. In recent weeks, between 100 and 150 youngsters have been gathering most evenings in the vicinity of Queensway Leisure Centre. Some have travelled to Penicuik from other areas of Midlothian, Edinburgh and Peebles. Public service buses have also come under attack at the nearby bus terminus. Penicuik Inspector Neil Simpson said the children’s behaviour could no longer be tolerated ,with police officers being deployed to the area every night. In a number of instances youths have been charged in front of their parents. Parents have also attended at the police station to collect their children, but as many live outwith the town they are unaware of the problems being caused. Now the tables could be turned, with parents being charged for exposing their children to harm and neglect.
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