Lauren’s prize

AN ARTISTIC Mayfield girl is providing a happy introduction to new tenants moving into her neighbourhood.

Lauren Leishman beat 70 other pupils to win a Melville Housing competition to design a picture for a welcome card.

As well as seeing her work in print, the nine-year-old Lawfield Primary School pupil picked up a gift voucher worth £25.

Lauren’s “Welcome To Your New Home” card will be given to new Melville tenants when they get the keys to their new homes.

Nancy Booth, Melville’s property services manager, said: “We loved the bright colours Lauren used. Her design makes for a wonderfully cheerful picture and we couldn’t think of a better one to welcome new tenants to their homes. The standard was very high and we’d like to thank everyone for putting in so much time and effort.”

Among the first to receive the new card will be tenants at Melville’s Langlaw Road scheme, a 133-home development of affordable properties on the edge of Mayfield. The first homes are expected to be completed early next year.

Lawfield PS pupils have been involved in the Langlaw Road project since work began on the site, part of which used to house Langlaw Primary School.

Melville, Midlothian’s largest registered social landlord, bought the site from Midlothian Council when the school was demolished after the merger of Langlaw and Bryans primaries.