Group welcome HMO closure

Pic of ex-miner Robert Hogg from Mayfield.
Pic of ex-miner Robert Hogg from Mayfield.

A community group have welcomed news that an “eyesore” HMO property in Mayfield previously reported on in the Advertiser has been vacated.

Mayfield Community Council had raised concerns about the state of the partly boarded-up house of multiple occupancy (HMO) on Bogwood Road, with police reporting a series of incidents linked to the former care home known as DARAG.

The property will now lie empty for the six month period of notice given by Midlothian Council to the property’s owners Castle Rock Edinvar HA.

The community council’s chairman Robert Hogg was delighted with the news.

Speaking at their recent meeting, he said: “The council are not going to carry on with an HMO there.

“They have said they will not be applying for a new licence.

“I don’t know if it was pressure from us and the Advertiser, but it’s good news.”

Midlothian Council’s head of HMOs has agreed to attend Mayfield Community Council’s next meeting, on November 6, at 7pm, at McSence Business Park.

Read more on this story in the October 24 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.