Bookies plan for Dalkeith

A campaign to prevent bookmaker William Hill from moving into one of Dalkeith’s most historic buildings is under starters orders.

Seeking permission to convert The Old Meal Market Inn – a former public house at 2-4 St Andrew Street – into flats and a betting shop, applicant Cadzow Properties has submitted an application for planning consent to Midlothian Council.

The proposal is for alterations and change of use from a public house to class 2 [financial, professional or other service] at ground floor, and two residential flatted dwellings at first floor level.

The building is category C-listed, and therefore any development which would adversely affect its character or appearance would not be permitted.

Using Facebook, Woodburn resident Eric Brock is campaigning against the plans.

The 22-year-old, of Komarom Place, said: “Lots of old buildings in Dalkeith are either getting demolished or turned into shops and flats.

“Just recently, the Cross Keys became a Costcutter and the Unicorn Inn has been bulldozed.

“The town suffers from high unemployment and poverty, and we are arguing that another bookies is the last thing that it needs right now.”

Read full story in the March 21 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.