Stories from our files
PENICUIK: The two tenement blocks in John Street, Penicuik, known locally as “Tait’s Buildings”, and pursued by Penicuik Town Council nearly three years ago for conversion into flats are to be pulled down. This was disclosed at a special meeting of the Town Council on Monday evening when it was officially stated that dry-rot has been found in the buildings on quite a large scale.
MONKTONHALL: The Monktonhall Mineworkers Consortium, which is bidding for the lease of Monktonhall Colliery, will hold a meeting with British Coal’s consultants today to discuss plans for the future running of the pit. Two serious offers are believed to have been made - one by the consortium and the other from Midlands-based company Caledonian Mining. Midlothian ex-mineworkers, who make up the consortium, now hope their two year fight to get the mothballed pit into production will pay off, creating 500 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.
GOREBRIDGE: The underage drinking problem in Gorebridge is causing serious concerns - with a local police officer revealing that a girl as young as 10 was found under the influence of alcohol in the village. The 10-year-old managed to get her hands on a two litre bottle of cider and drank it with two of her friends. She was very ill afterwards but when community police officer Willie Duncan spoke to the youngster about it she said she had drunk it because she “was bored and had nothing to do”. The problem has become so bad in the village that Operation Evian - which ran successfully between April and June in Gorebridge, Newtongrange and Mayfield and Easthouses with the sole intention of taking alcohol from underage drinkers - has been restarted in Gorebridge.
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