Fears in Penicuik fail to halt licence renewal

A council-run ‘half-way house’ for teenagers leaving care has been granted a licence to operate for a further 12 months, despite a catalogue of complaints from neighbouring residents about antisocial behaviour.

Parkhead Lodge, in Penicuik’s Edinburgh Road, consists of a five bedroom HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) and eight self-contained one bedroom flats.

An application – submitted by Midlothian Council and its senior homelessness officer Alexandra Marks – for renewal of the facility’s HMO licence, has been scrutinised by councillors.

Between May 2010 and May 2011 police received 29 calls relating to various incidents at the lodge.

Read full story in the September 15 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.