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In for the swim at Dalkeith Campus

Dalkeith High School S1 Journalists report on why you should consider a swim at the Dalkeith Campus.

 

MSP calls for sensitivity in NHS Review

MSP Christine Grahame has raised the tragic death of Peebles woman Amanda Cox with the First Minister to seek assurances that any review will be conducted sensitively and thoroughly.

 

Lothian Buses cite GDPR to stop bus fans

The council owned bus company cites GDPR to stop bus fans taking photographs but then cannot explain why.

 

Plans to convert the old Clydesdale Bank building in Dalkeith

In association with Midlothian View, Libermove present details of noteworthy planning applications submitted to the Midlothian Council.

 

Over £1m paid in Midlothian mitigating welfare cuts

Midlothian MSP, Colin Beattie, has highlighted the millions being spent on mitigating Tory welfare cuts by the Scottish Government.

 

Vote 100 Exhibition officially launched

Exhibition of art work by Midlothian school children to commemorate one hundred years of women is launched.

 

Free food waste caddy liners may stop

At the council meeting next week councillors will decide whether to stop providing free food waste caddy liners.

 

School takeaway ban challenged

A ban on new takeaways opening within 400 metres of a primary school is being challenged by Scotmid.

 

Committee for asset transfers

A new committee established to oversee requests for council assets to be transferred to the community is holding its first meeting.

 

Noble on the podium in Japan

Midlothian's Colin Noble scores his first podium finish in the Asian Le Mans Series

 

Newtongrange Village Voices

New book takes heads down Newtongrange's memory lanes.

 

One Dalkeith Town survey

Your chance to have your say on what's good and what's not about Dalkeith.

 

Sheriffhall question raised in House of Commons

MP calls for action on A720 City Bypass and Sheriffhall Roundabout

 

Online shopping warning during National Consumer Week

National Consumer Week focusing on shopping through online marketplaces is led by Citizens Advice Scotland and Trading Standards Scotland.

 

Edinburgh’s Christmas

Midlothian residents get a discount at Edinburgh's Christmas 2018.

 

Penicuik Paper & Football, Brexit and Christmas

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

White Ribbon Campaign

East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Committee is supporting the White Ribbon Scotland campaign to involve men in tackling violence against women.

 

Borders Railway tourism gets funding boost

An action group set up to develop the tourism industry in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders has secured a £300,000 funding boost.

 

Midlothian’s Noble goes East

Young Midlothian BRDC racing driver toughed out a fighting fourth place finish at Shanghai International Circuit.

 

Dick Vet expansion

Midlothian's world-renowned vet school is expanding its small animal hospital to help cope with increasing demand.

 

Del Boy’s Christmas Trees sent packing

Christmas trees delivered ahead of town centre celebrations have had to be replaced at the last minute.

 

One Dalkeith listening and working with businesses

One Dalkeith volunteers have been starting conversations with businesses to ask what could be done in Dalkeith that could also help their business.

 

New drop in facility launched for teenagers

Dalkeith Community Police officers have teamed up with Aim High, Dalkeith Thistle CFC and Dalkeith Miners Club to run a drop-in facility for all secondary school age youngsters.

 

Let us cycle

Support the campaign to improve the cycling routes around Sheriffhall roundabout.

 

McDonald’s to open 24 hours

The new McDonald's at Hardengreen has been granted it's licence to open 24 hours a day.

 

Breaking News: Planning refused for Drive Thru Restaurants

Councillors have refused planning permission for Starbucks and KFC restaurants at Hardengeen

 

Store not staffed to prevent alcohol theft

Workers in a major supermarket said they were unable to stop youths stealing alcohol because they were understaffed, a local councillor has claimed.

 

Overprovision unfair claim

Three Midlothian communities classed as having an overprovision of licensed premises have been downgraded amid claims the description was unfair.

 

Volunteer for Connect

MP Encourages local people to volunteer for Connect Project

 

Edinburgh Ghosts

A Midlothian guitarist/composer has released a contemporary instrumental record capturing the mood and atmosphere of modern Edinburgh.

 

New rule call for adults drinking around youngsters

Parents who drink alcohol while out for a meal with their children will be watched by restaurant and pub staff as part of a new series of licensing controls planned for Midlothian.

 

Thinking about selling a property in Dalkeith?

A new property platform has started up covering Dalkeith and the surrounding area. Libermove is trying to change the way people buy and sell property in Scotland.

 

New garden waste charge approved

Midlothian Council is introducing a charge for kerbside garden waste collections.

 

Everyone deserves a second chance

Go watch a film series that is helping change perceptions about what justice should look like in 21st Century Scotland.

 

All prepared for winter

The council gear up to take on whatever the weather throws at them this winter to keep priority roads and pavements gritted.

 

Bins could shrink

Household waste bins in Midlothian could be halved in size or reduced to monthly collections in a bid to crackdown on garden waste diversion.

 

Council receives top award for support for Armed Forces community

Midlothian Council is one of ten employers in Scotland to receive a prestigious award.

 

Residents to have their say on council spending

With a budget shortfall of £6.1m residents and local groups are have the opportunity to have their say on where money is spent.

 

MP digs in with students

Danielle Rowley MP plants trees with Newbattle Abbey College Students.

 

Newbattle High School officially open

Midlothian’s pioneering Newbattle High School has been officially opened by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney.

 

Green Anger as SNP block community planning rights

The Scottish Greens hit out at the SNP for blocking a bid to give communities the same right as developers to appeal planning decisions.

 

McDonald’s applies to open 24 hours

Community Council express concern that they were not informed of the license change and have requested a consultation period extension.

 

Minister for Justice visits Midlothian community garden project

Humza Yousaf visited an innovative project in Midlothian today where a number of offenders have been carrying out unpaid work to create a community garden.

 

Minister visits project to transform disused building

A project to transform a disused building at Newtongrange railway station into a community space and bistro has welcomed its first VIP guest.

 

Deputy First Minister the Apprentice

Two Dalkeith High School pupils help John Swinney with his Software Development apprenticeship.

 

Public urged to follow Fireworks Code

Midlothian Trading Standards are urging residents to be safe this fireworks season so their bonfire night goes off with a bang - but no injuries.

 

Award winning local businesses

Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber announces 2018 Business Award winners.

 

Edinburgh airport plans rejected

Local MP Danielle Rowley has welcomed the decision by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

 

Too Many Bairns

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

More self-employed women in Edinburgh than Glasgow

More women in Edinburgh run their own business than any other mainland Scottish local authority area according to a new analysis from the Federation of Small Businesses.

 

Town parking charges for East Lothian

Town centre parking charges could be given the go-ahead next week in East Lothian as councillors are asked to approve a controversial local transport strategy.

 

Planning bill changes aim to help tackle housing crisis

Scottish Government’s Planning Bill will help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis by making land for house-building more affordable and by better regulating short-term lets, according to Scottish Greens.

 

Fast food on the rise in the Borders

The number of takeaways and fast food outlets in the Scottish Borders continues to rise.

 

It’s back to back for Noble

Midlothian racing driver wins second consecutive UK championship.

 

East Lothian Council Universal Credit lessons

The UK Government is being urged to learn lessons from the first Scottish pilot of Universal Credit after it was branded an “experiment in cruelty”.

 

Disabled fans to benefit at Penicuik

Penicuik Athletic is planning to introduce a viewing platform for disabled fans after switching leagues.

 

Heat or eat

Parents of school children face “heat or eat” decisions during the holidays, according to an education chief.

 

Wind fails to blow Walk the Line event off track!

A windy but dry day attracted 231 people to the eighth annual Walk the Line event.

 

Turn your business dream into reality

Ever thought about starting your own business, working for yourself or making money in your spare time?

 

Midlothian View shortlisted for an award

The Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce have shortlisted Midlothian View for their Community Impact award.

 

Drive-through decision delayed

Councillors on planning committee opt to delay decision on the two drive-through restaurants at Hardengreen for a month

 

Tackling combustibles cleanup

Midlothian Council and local emergency services to offer free uplift of combustible materials in the run up to Bonfire Night.

 

Robots clear up at driving range

Melville Golf Centre has recruited two new hard-working members of staff, a pair of robots.

 

Nuclear Membership no one knew about

Midlothian council paid more than £1,300 to be a member of an organisation its elected representatives did not even know it was in.

 

Charges brought after £2million fraud at council

Four people have been charged following an investigation into allegations of fraud at Midlothian Council.

 

Veterans row resurfaces

A former armed forces champion has launched a scathing attack on the Ministry of Defence for leaving veterans to beg in the streets.

 

Council progressing with plans for new homeless accommodation

Midlothian Council have agreed to progress with plans to convert an office building in Jarnac Court, Dalkeith into temporary accommodation for homeless households.

 

A Noble effort by team Andrew

Andrew Forrest along with a ten-man team of friends and family, has recently taken part in a charity Kiltwalk, raising over £3000 for Prostate Scotland.

 

Independent review of policing during miner’s strike

Midlothian MP urges those affected to attend and have their say at an event at National Mining museum.

 

East Lothian Council helps add new bike trail

With funding from East Lothian Council, Bikepacking Scotland has added another trail to its offer of bikepacking routes.

 

John Swinney officially opens two new Midlothian buildings

Deputy First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney officially opened Midlothian’s two new primary schools, Roslin and Paradykes.

 

Greens welcome Pentland farm ruling and urge film studio rethink

Alison Johnstone and Andy Wightman, Scottish Green MSPs for Lothian, welcomed today's ruling.

 

Council Tax to rise again by 3% but financial issues continue

Current projections show that Midlothian Council will be £5.25 million short of what is needed next year even with a 3% council tax rise.

 

Council tax cheats

Council tax cheats and benefits fraudsters cost Midlothian Council thousands of pounds.

 

Put your green stuff in your neighbour’s brown bin

Residents will be allowed to ‘share’ recycling bins with their neighbours once a new collection fee is introduced by Midlothian Council.

 

Schools, Retreat and Brexit

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Garden competition winners announced

Bonnyrigg resident Kevin Armstrong and Lewis and Jean Bassindale from Roslin have won joint first place in the Midlothian Council Tenants Garden Competition 2018.

 

Arniston House Hollywood star bid

The historic house aiming to give its Hollywood career a boost by the creation of parking facilities for film crews.

 

Health consensus critical in Midlothian

People need to get behind their local health and care services if they are to have any chance of succeeding in the future, report says.

 

New velodrome set to replace Meadowbank loss

Plans to build a velodrome as part of a new cycling hub in the east of Edinburgh have been pushed forward – despite a funding gap of £441,000.

 

Noble racing to do it again

Midlothian racing driver one step from winning second consecutive UK championship.

 

e-prescribing risks patients

An electronic prescribing system used in Midlothian within its substance misuse service could have put people at risk after its system crashed, health chiefs have warned.

 

Crisis calls rise

Rapid response team sees night-time calls rocket in Midlothian.

 

Institution of Civil Engineers celebrate the Newbattle Viaduct

The viaduct on the Borders Railway line has had a plaque unveiled as the railway celebrates its third anniversary.

 

Parking tickets welcomed in Midlothian

Traffic wardens are being shaken by the hand after returning to Midlothian for the first time in four years, according to its council leader.

 

We need to reinvent the Town Centre of Dalkeith

One Dalkeith are asking you to imagine, to dream, and to help shape an exciting vision for your town.

 

Social worker shortage at Midlothian Council

A recruitment policy which demands new social workers start at the bottom has come under fire for potentially putting off experienced staff.

 

Midlothian Council’s Home Care is weak

Visits by local authority carers have been described as being “like roulette” because clients did not know who would be coming to their homes.

 

Gold Coast Ellie picks up top prize at first ever Midlothian’s Young People Awards

Newbattle High School pupil Ellie Russell won the prize for outstanding achievement at the inaugural Midlothian’s Young People Awards last week.

 

New Tourism Ideas Fund launched

Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG) launched the new funding stream at a special event for businesses this week.

 

Local SNP MSPs encourages communities to give evidence to Miners’ strike policing review

MIdlothian MSPs call on people in Midlothian to consider giving evidence to the independent review of the impact of policing on mining communities during the miners’ strike.

 

Record number of young adults in Midlothian securing their future

The new figure, which covers April 2017 to March 2018, represents a 0.7% increase in the number of young adults positively securing their future.

 

Festival of Politics programme unveiled

The Scottish Parliament will become the first UK legislature to host the BBC’s flagship political debate programme, Question Time, when it broadcasts from the unique setting of the Debating Chamber this October as part of this year’s Festival of Politics.

 

New plan for delivery of learning and development in Midlothian

Midlothian Council has approved a new strategy for learning and development in the county.

 

Funding awarded for Penicuik regeneration project

The National Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland have approved a £2.6 million funding package to help regenerate Penicuik town centre.

 

Post Office service in Bonnyrigg suspended

The news that the Post Office in Bonnyrigg is due to close temporarily in September has been met with frustration from local MP Danielle Rowley and Council Leader Derek Milligan.

 

Carer’s Allowance Supplement rolling out in Midlothian

Local SNP MSP Christine Grahame has welcomed the news that carers in Midlothian will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from mid-September, back-dated to April.

 

Recess what recess?

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Want to get more involved in your community?

How much do you know about your community council and the positive impact its work has on your area?

 

Dalkeith Tennis Club turns 130!

This year Dalkeith Tennis celebrates 130 years of tennis being played at the club on Cemetery Road.

 

Planning committee to be webcast

Midlothian Residents will soon be able to watch live webcasts of Midlothian Council’s planning committee.

 

Adjacent site chosen for Lasswade replacement

Midlothian Council to build a three stream replacement school for Lasswade Primary School on the land adjacent to the current school.

 

Podium again for Noble

Second Place Finish at Silverstone puts Midlothian Racing Driver in European Le Mans Series Title Hunt

 

Campaign to remember Dalkeith D-Day hero

The former Dalkeith High School pupil's contribution towards the allied war effort helped considerably in bringing an end to World War 2 and saving the lives of some 70,000 individuals.

 

School buses contract sorted but non-entitled pupils will have to wait

Midlothian Council have announced that the legal challenge by a bus company for the school bus contract has been resolved.

 

Could you be a short term foster carer like Michelle?

Midlothian Council has launched a new campaign to recruit foster carers.

 

City Region Deal on the hunt for leading lights from private and third sectors

Applications are open for individuals in the private and third sectors to join the Regional Enterprise Council for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

 

Take a class to learn a new skill

The Council ‘Aim High’ programme offers a number of opportunities to brush up old skills or learn new ones.

 

Apply for lottery funding, urges local MP

Danielle Rowley MP urges good causes in Midlothian to apply for funding of up to £20,000.

 

Midlothian set to benefit from historic £1.3bn City Region Deal

The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, including funding for Sheriffhall roundabout, has been formally signed.

 

S6 highers results up 10% on 2014

Midlothian Council have reported an improving trend in exam results this year for Midlothian school leavers.

 

Grahame welcomes extension of bus pass scheme

National Concessionary Travel Scheme will be extended to companions of eligible disabled children aged under five.

 

Post-exam results Course Clearing Event

Edinburgh College is hosting a Course Clearing Event this week to provide support and guidance to young people following SQA exam results day.

 

Review of Edinburgh’s bus stops to cut journey times

The city council will carry out a citywide review of bus stops in order to speed up public transport across the Capital.

 

Edinburgh city centre could become “largely traffic free zone”

One of three options put forward by the city council says “key streets could be pedestrianised.”

 

Cameras and extended hours to stop bus lane cheats

Cameras could be installed to stop bus lane cheats – as operating hours could return to seven days a week.

 

Jarnac Court consultation

Residents invited to view plans to turn offices into homeless accommodation.

 

Exhibition highlights Gorebridge improvement plans

Locals are being invited to an exhibition organised by Gorebridge Connected, to find out more about the improvement projects planned for the town centre.

 

Get council help from @Midhelp

Midlothian Council is launching a new dedicated customer service Twitter account.

 

New restaurant opening in Lasswade

Family owned Luci's Restaurant is opening in Lasswade in August.

 

World’s best press pictures come to the Scottish Parliament

A collection of award-winning press photography from around the world has gone on display at the Scottish Parliament.

 

Greenbelt homes appeal bid rejected

The Scottish Government’s reporter upheld the decision to refuse plans to build 86 homes on greenbelt near to the Lothianburn junction of the Edinburgh bypass.

 

Recess and Westminster

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Plans for new school and community facilities at Danderhall

A second consultation on proposals for a new primary school and community facilities at Danderhall will be held on Tuesday 7 August.

 

Bright sparks get into electrical installation

A group of young unemployed people have gained valuable industry experience designed to boost job prospects.

 

Family activity programme

Newbattle Summer Programme provides sport, food and fun for local families

 

Exam results support from Skills Development Scotland

Scotland’s national skills and careers service is gearing up to deal with calls from pupils as the Exam Results Helpline gets set to open.

 

More than half of Edinburgh’s garden owners are not registered

Fears over fly-tipping and bonfires in Edinburgh as garden waste sign-up closes.

 

Funding for Mavisbank House

Historic Environment Scotland is providing funding to develop a community engagement project with the local community.

 

Dalkeith Campus gets new 4G football pitch

The new pitch is being installed as part of a programme of summer work at the campus.

 

Peebles theatre seeks funding

The Eastgate theatre has appealed to the common good fund to help redevelop its facilities.

 

Midlothian driving success at Le Mans Cup

Midlothian racing driver helps Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen Racing to second place in latest round of Michelin Le Mans Cup.

 

Anyone for tennis?

Dalkeith Tennis Club serves an ace deal on membership for Wimbledon fortnight.

 

The next Andy Murray is unlikely to be from Midlothian

It’s Wimbledon time but the council’s Sport and Leisure team are putting kids off from playing tennis in King’s Park, Dalkeith.

 

Employee Ownership Day in Roslin

Colin Beattie MSP & Roslin's Network ROI celebrate Employee Ownership Day

 

Midlothian Council’s website in top 10%

Midlothian Council’s website has retained the highest number of stars awarded by public sector industry IT professionals.

 

SNP group kick it into the long grass

This week the SNP group of councillors blocked discussion of improvements to grass cutting and general maintenance.

 

Councillor gets backing for the benefits of breastfeeding

SNP Councillor Kelly Parry's motion to improve the rate of breast feeding in Midlothian backed by the full council.

 

Top tips on making sure children benefit from play

Top tips on fun activities for Midlothian children are highlighted in a new campaign by charity Play Midlothian and Midlothian Council.

 

Eyes wide open approach encouraged for children at risk

Child protection committees across Scotland are encouraging the public across to be extra observant to help protect potentially vulnerable children when schools are out for summer.

 

£1.6m to revitalise Gorebridge approved

Major funding arrangements totalling more than £1.6 million to revitalise the centre of Gorebridge were approved by Midlothian councillors.

 

Midlothian’s first female Chief Executive

Midlothian councillors have approved the appointment of Dr Grace Vickers as the new Chief Executive.

 

Recess, Sunshine and Summer Tour

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Midlothian launches new Centre of Research and Innovation in Learning

A partnership project with the University of Edinburgh and the General Teaching Council Scotland.

 

Brown Bin charges from March next year

The council has provided detail about the charges for Brown Bin collection from next year.

 

Mischievous Reading for Summer!

This year's Summer Reading Challenge was launched in Midlothian today.

 

Community Council boundary changes

The Community Councils of Eskbank & Newbattle and Bonnyrigg & Lasswade are proposing to change the boundary between their two wards.

 

Lets get together in Jarnac Court this Friday

Events will form part of The Great Get Together to mark the birthday of murdered MP, Jo Cox.

 

Lots of fun for children with additional support needs

From drama to days out, sports to sensory garden workshops, a summer fun programme for children with additional support needs is jam-packed with inclusive activities.

 

Provost pays tribute to reservists for Armed Forces Week

To mark Army Reserves Day on Wednesday 27 June, Midlothian’s provost, Councillor Peter Smaill paid tribute to the council’s reservists.

 

Record number of pupils in jobs, further education and training

A total of 94.4% of school leavers in Midlothian are in a sustained positive destination.

 

Call to extend Borders Railway to Carlisle

The Federation of Small Businesses wants the successful Borders Railway to be extended south.

 

Over £31k of parking tickets issued already

Parking tickets with a value of over £31,000 have been issued by Midlothian's new Parking Attendants since they started issuing tickets on 9th April this year.

 

Do you know a young person deserving of an award?

There is still time to nominate a young person for Midlothian’s Young People Awards.

 

Edinburgh College Prize Giving

Celebrating educational success over the last year at Edinburgh College’s annual Prize Giving ceremony.

 

New football league structure announced

Detail has emerged of the composition of the East of Scotland League following the entry of the former Junior teams.

 

Newbattle High School aiming high

Pioneering partnership set to deliver world-class learning in the digital age as the new Newbattle High School campus opens.

 

Council steps up efforts to tackle county’s potholes

Midlothian Council has put together three squads of workers to tackle the large number of potholes caused by the ‘Beast from the East.’

 

Noble running effort

Local car dealership clocks up new record with Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

 

IRONKIDS 2018 are looking for young volunteers

Do you want to help run three internationally recognised sports events in Midlothian, East Lothian and Edinburgh?

 

Local MSP raises RBS bank closure issue with First Minister

Christine Grahame MSP raised the issues of RBS bank closures with the First Minister during First Minister's questions this week in parliament.

 

Cycling Without Age

Bike scheme for elderly rolled out across Scotland.

 

Growth Commission, Hunter Lad & Lass, The Call

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Funding for energy efficiency

People living in Midlothian will benefit from £453,452 of funding to help make homes more energy efficient.

 

Local young adult in running for prestigious award

Ashleigh Stephen, a Participation Assistant at Midlothian Council, is celebrating after being nominated as a finalist at this year’s prestigious Scottish Social Services Awards.

 

Domestic violence against men

Midlothian councillor writes about a campaign to raise the profile of this still unmentioned violence.

 

SPAR store in Bonnyrigg to close

C J Lang, the SPAR wholsesaler have announced the closure of the popular Bonnyrigg store due to rising operating costs.

 

Cup final in Dalkeith

Kelty Hearts and Preston Athletic will be battling it out in the King Cup final on Saturday at King's Park Dalkeith, kick off 2:30 pm.

 

Just the ticket for Midlothian Tourism

A new visitor pass designed to drive tourism to Midlothian and the Scottish Borders has been officially launched.

 

Country Park excellence

Buccleuch Property has won an Architectural Excellence Award for its work at Restoration Yard, Dalkeith.

 

Aldi cooking with students

Aldi has donated equipment worth £4,000 to Edinburgh College’s Professional Cookery department.

 

Celebrating Midlothian’s volunteers

Volunteer Midlothian joins national Volunteers’ Week Scotland celebration to highlight the huge contribution made by volunteers in Midlothian

 

Tackling doorstep crime

Operation Monarda has been launched today at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Dalkeith.

 

Locals should have more of a say in planning

A Holyrood Committee wants communities to have a stronger voice in planning what their neighbourhoods look like.

 

Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festival

Over 120 primary school kids from across Midlothian enjoyed a fun-filled morning at the Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festival as part of the Scottish FA’s flagship participation programme.

 

Edinburgh businesses say ‘no’ to a tourism tax

New research reveals that Edinburgh businesses are firmly opposed to the City of Edinburgh Council’s plans to introduce a tourism tax to the city.

 

New outdoor festival for Midlothian

The Midlothian Ranger Service has launched a new festival showcasing the county’s amazing outdoors.

 

Midlothian’s Young People Awards 2018

To mark the Year of Young people 2018, Midlothian Council and the Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian are working together on a new Awards Scheme to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people.

 

Loanhead Centre crowned country’s best community facility

The Loanhead Centre was named Community Development Project of the Year at the Scottish Property Awards.

 

Village Gardens to open in Temple

Temple is taking part in the Scotland’s Open Gardens scheme again this year.

 

Party leaders react after Provost election

On Tuesday councillors voted in Peter Smaill as Midlothian’s first Conservative Provost.

 

Serious fraud investigation report produced

An initial internal investigation has been completed and a confidential report sent to Police Scotland.

 

Decision on future of public toilets made

The council has agreed to keep Midlothian’s five public toilets open following a consultation.

 

The Daily Mile proven to work

Academic research proves the value of the school fitness initiative The Daily Mile.

 

Women’s Matters: Representation, support and equality in Midlothian

A free event designed to bring together women from across Midlothian and Scotland to explore Women’s issues with an expert panel and a variety of workshops.

 

Peter Smaill is elected as new Provost

Conservative Councillor Peter Smaill has been elected as Midlothian's new Provost.

 

Second hand electrical goods warning

Midlothian Trading Standards warn against buying second hand electrical goods.

 

Business Gateway boost for business start ups

More than 200 new businesses in Midlothian have received help with their start up plans from Business Gateway over the past year.

 

Commonwealth Games star visits Newbattle High School

Inspirational talk from Commonwealth Games mountain biker, Isla Short,

 

£1.9m for ‘world-leading’ gene therapy research project in Midlothian

Synpromics Ltd, based in Roslin, is pioneering research that could unlock a one treatment cure for diseases such as leukaemia and certain types of blindness.

 

Five in a row for Edinburgh College sports teams

Edinburgh College have lifted the Champions Trophy at the Scottish Student Sport College Cup for a fifth consecutive year.

 

Rise in food bank use requires action says Greens

Figures from the Trussell Trust, show that 2,943 people in Midlothian were provided with three-day emergency food supplies from this one food bank charity alone.

 

Local awards to celebrate Year of Young People in Midlothian

To mark the Year of Young People 2018, Midlothian Council and the Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian have launched a new awards scheme to celebrate the county’s amazing young people.

 

Celebrating five years of Gorebridge heritage regeneration

A £2 million pound project to repair and restore historic buildings in Gorebridge has been successfully completed after five years.

 

The future’s green with electric vehicle scholarship

Ediburgh College student Jessica gears up for automotive career with electric vehicle scholarship from local business Alex F. Noble & Son.

 

Medical Practice visit and dogs

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Vogrie Plant Sale

This year’s Vogrie Plant Sale will take place at Vogrie Country Park on Saturday 19 May.

 

Track2Train on track

The builders are on site and the sledgehammers are swinging as work is underway to transform a disused building at Newtongrange railway station into a community space and bistro.

 

Midlothian politicians unite to welcome Treasury response on FOBTs

Colin Beattie MSP and Danielle Rowley MP welcomed this week’s news that means FOBTs maximum stakes are likely to be reduced from £100 to £2.

 

Lasswade Sports Personality 2018

A very successful Lasswade High School Sports Personality of the Year Awards celebrated the pupils' achievements in sport.

 

Midlothian Chief leaves for Falkirk

Midlothian's Chief Executive Kenneth Lawrie has been appointed as Falkirk Council's new Chief Executive.

 

Dalkeith High is the highest

Recently published list of the top performing state secondary schools in Scotland by The Times puts Dalkeith High School in the top third.

 

New bags please!

For the last month residents in Midlothian have not been getting replacement green food recycling bags.

 

Turn your business dream into reality

Business Gateway Midlothian offers a wealth of free advice and information to help you start your business.

 

Purple Box campaign launches

Women for Independence (WFI) Midlothian has launched a campaign to support local women and girls affected by period poverty.

 

Relive your schooldays at Newbattle’s memorabilia exhibition

To mark the closing of the current Newbattle High School building the school are holding a memorabilia exhibition and tour.

 

McDonald’s planning permission granted

Midlothian Council give the go-ahead for a two storey McDonald's drive thru restaurant at Tesco in Hardengreen.

 

Mayfield Leisure Centre and Newbattle Pool buildings to be demolished

Sports facilities to be demolished once the Newbattle Community Campus is opened.

 

Parking enforcement has begun

Since Monday traffic attendants have been putting warning flyers on illegally parked vehicles in Midlothian.

 

Vote for Provost postponed

Midlothian Councillors have agreed to postpone the vote for a new Provost to allow the parties more time for discussion.

 

Rethink on Gorebridge football pitch closures

Midlothian Council vote to reverse decision to close two pitches and revisit a previously published sports pitch needs report.

 

Ironmills Steps Update

Recent severe weather in Midlothian has caused soil movement at the landslip on Ironmills Steps, Dalkeith.

 

Footballs on Vogrie Golf Course

Footgolf to be introduced at weekends in effort to increase revenue at council golf course.

 

Joe did it!

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

SNP gain Penicuik

Joe Wallace re-elected to Midlothian Council as SNP become party with most councillors.

 

Midlothian walks it into the net

Walking Football founded in Midlothian wins national award

 

Veterans placement internship first

Sean is first to complete unique placement with Midlothian Council.

 

Public Toilet Consultation

The council are asking Midlothian residents whether automatic conveniences should replace existing public toilets in Midlothian.

 

Parking tickets are coming!

Schedule for introduction of decriminalised parking in Midlothian revealed

 

Red warning for snow

People are being urged to avoid travel in the areas affected by red and amber warnings for snow.

 

Gritters treating Midlothian

Gritters were out earlier today across Midlothian and have been back out again from 15:45, treating priority routes.

 

Budget, Rugby, Alcohol and Birds

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

ScotRail to Try again this Saturday

Christine Grahame questions Transport Minister on Borders Railway Six Nations perfomance.

 

Helen Armstrong for the Greens

Midlothian Greens select parent campaigner for Penicuik by-election.

 

Budget approved

Council approves budget and council tax increase for 2018/19

 

Libraries, Lollipops and Voluntary Grants look to be safe

Under detailed proposals submitted by the Labour leadership ahead of Tuesday's council meeting many budget cuts may be spared.

 

Labour Leaders in Penicuik

Jeremy Corbyn and Richard Leonard will be holding a public meeting in Penicuik this coming Monday, 12 February, at Shottstown Miners.

 

Extra carriages for Rugby Fans

The Borders Railway is adding extra carriages and running extra services for Six Nations rugby fans this Sunday.

 

Murdo MacDonald is Conservative Candidate

Midlothian Conservatives have selected Murdo MacDonald as their candidate in the upcoming Penicuik by-election

 

Penicuik by-election date announced

A by-election will be held on Thursday 22 March for Ward No 1 Penicuik following the death of Councillor Adam Montgomery.

 

Fix Scotland’s ‘unacceptable’ mobile coverage

Only a fifth of Scotland’s landmass has a 4G signal, compared to 60 per cent of England

 

£2.6m budget boost for Midlothian

Midlothian Council will receive the extra money under the revised budget proposals unveiled by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay yesterday.

 

Adam Montgomery

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View and pays tribute to Adam Montgomery.

 

Brewing up an award

Midlothian’s Cross Borders Brewing named best micro-business in prestigious Scottish awards

 

Free early learning and childcare

More than 200 families eligible for free early learning for their two-year-old. Are you one of them?

 

Stubbing out bad habits

Midlothian Council is backing a new Scotland wide campaign that warns adults not to buy cigarettes for underage children.

 

Streets Ahead social media for charities

JCI Edinburgh has joined forces with ethical social media consultancy, Streets Ahead Social to deliver free social media training support sessions for charities.

 

No misconduct by Councillor Parry

Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life has ruled that Councillor Parry's actions did not amount to misconduct following an official complaint.

 

Council announces death of Provost

Midlothian Council Provost, Councillor Adam Montgomery has died suddenly after a short illness.

 

Parking Attendants due in April

Midlothian Council has formally approved plans to introduce parking attendants in the county from April 2018.

 

Lasswade High School Parent Council writes to Councillors

Lasswade High Schol Parent Council give their view on the Council's proposed budget cuts.

 

WFI Midlothian respond to Midlothian Council Budget cut proposals

Women for Independence Midlothian have written an open letter to Midlothian Council and Councillors

 

Counterfeit goods warning

Midlothian Council Trading Standards is warning residents to stay alert when making purchases this Christmas.

 

Community Council response to spending proposals

The Eskbank and Newbattle Community Council have written an open letter outlining their response to Midlothian Council's proposed spending proposals.

 

Parent Council response to cuts

King's Park Primary School Parent Council have written an open letter to Councillors and Officers regarding the proposed budget cuts.

 

Flu and Kez

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Newtongrange centre plans are shaping up

Local people are invited to a follow up drop-in event on Monday 27 November regarding progress of the proposals for Newtongrange centre masterplan.

 

Call for Fair Funding for Local Government

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget statement next week, COSLA make the case for "Fair Funding for Essential Services”.

 

Cuts – a Conservative Group Perspective

Midlothian Councillor Pauline Winchester and leader of the Conservative Group gives her view.

 

Rising Midlothian football stars shine at Oriam

The Midlothian P7 Development Football Squad played in the first of three South East Regional Festivals

 

Councillor reported to Commissioner for Ethical Standards

Councillor Kelly Parry has been reported to the comissioner as it is alleged she failed to declare an interest at the full council meeting.

 

UK Supreme Court decision on alcohol welcomed

UK Supreme Court rejects an appeal against the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland.

 

Council leader is barking up the wrong tree and he knows it

SNP Councillor Kenneth Baird gives his view on Midlothian's current budget issues.

 

Maternity leave for councillors

Midlothian Council makes history by endorsing maternity leave for councillors.

 

Council leader meets Derek Mackay

Council leader presses case for more funding for local services

 

Book to go to Council Budget meeting

Midlothian Council wants to hear your views on their proposals to help address the council’s budget shortfall in 2018/19 of £13.5 million, potentially rising to £45 million by 2021/22.

 

Council’s new Personal Assistant Scheme

Scheme to bring PAs together those who would like to use their Direct Payment from Social Work to employ a PA.

 

PensionWise Guidance Specialist at the Citizens Advice Bureau

Local MSP Christine Grahame met PensionWise Guidance Specialist at the Citizens Advice Bureau, who gives guidance on the Pension Options available to those seeking to cash in some of their pension pot prior to retirement.

 

Dalkeith Business Improvement District a step closer

A scheme to create a Business Improvement District in Dalkeith, led by the development trust, One Dalkeith, is a step closer thanks to a £40,000 investment.

 

Lawfield Primary School receives Active Schools funding boost

School awarded £3,400 for new sports equipment by the National Lottery.

 

GP surgeries

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Man charged driving at 124mph on A68

Car stopped after the vehicle was detected travelling at 124 mph in a 60mph zone of the A68, at a point near to the Cousland Junction, near Dalkeith.

 

People often see us ‘traffic cops’ as the enemy

Article written by a Police Officer based within the East of Scotland's Road Policing Unit

 

Impact on Society in Midlothian

Midlothian Council has a budget problem. It has been known about for some years but to date only limited steps have been taken to address it. Now it has to be dealt with.

 

Councillors offices given over to staff

Office space for elected members reconfigured to be used by council staff to save £68k per year.

 

£1,500 of illegal fireworks dumped in wheelie bin

The illegal fireworks, including three feet long rockets, were found abandoned on a Midlothian industrial estate.

 

Midlothian’s ‘heritage angels’ crowned at national ceremony

Pupils from Gore Glen Primary School, Gorebridge, scoop the award for Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People.

 

Foundation building

Three Beeslack High School pupils have passed the latest part of an innovative Pre Foundation Apprenticeship.

 

Council Leader presses case for additional funding

Midlothian Council Leader Derek Milligan is to meet with Finance Minister Derek Mackay next month to discuss the financial pressures the council is facing.

 

Council takes action to meet £13.5m budget shortfall

A multi-million pound savings programme, aimed at addressing Midlothian Council’s budget shortfall over the next four years, was put before councillors at a special meeting.

 

Free Football tickets

Generous offer from Dalkeith Thistle for all parents, carers and teachers of children attending our local schools

 

Scotrail and history

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Council approves ambitious school building project

Midlothian is to embark on an ambitious plan to build 6 new schools and extend 8 existing schools.

 

Penicuik and Midlothian Future Cycling Plans Up For Debate

Public meeting being held on Wednesday 27th September at Beeslack High School (7-9pm).

 

Eskimo Academy

A new not for profit training academy has been established in Scotland to assist disabled and/or disadvantaged individuals into employment within the financial services sector.

 

Unqualified electricians danger

Up to 2,000 unqualified electrical businesses are potentially putting the safety of the Scottish public at risk according to SELECT.

 

Rosslyn Men’s Shed

Meeting to setup a Men's Shed in Rosslyn Wednesday 20th September.

 

Tree of Life at Newbattle Abbey

Tribute unveiled to sculptor who fled wartime horror in Latvia to make a life in Midlothian.

 

Next Alpha course starting soon

Would you like to get together for food, a talk and good conversation? You may be interested in starting the next Alpha course at St John’s & King’s Park Church.

 

Funding of Christmas lights for 2017 agreed

Midlothian Council has agreed a budget for the provision of Christmas lights for this year’s festive period.

 

Bookermakers respond to MSP’s call

The Association of British Bookmakers in Scotland respond to the comments issued by Colin Beattie MSP yesterday.

 

20mph speed limit consultation

Midlothian Council responds to 20mph consultation

 

Burnbrae and St Mary’s school decision

Midlothian Councillors agree to recommendations following consulations.

 

Make your money go further

If you live in the Mayfield and Easthouses area or you are simply keen to make your money go further then don’t miss this Maximising Income event.

 

Local MSP demands tougher action on FOBTS

Over £7 million lost on gambling machines in Midlothian since 2008.

 

Councillors agreed to reinstate Police CAT teams

Agreement reached to reinstate funding for two local Police Scotland Community Action Teams.

 

New Midlothian equality champion

Midlothian Council has appointed Councillor Kelly Parry as the new Elected Member Equality Champion.

 

Trains, Flowers and Buses

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Record improvements in Exam Results

The council is reporting record improvements in some exam results this year.

 

City Region secures £1.1bn deal from UK and Scottish Governments

The City Region Deal will help drive investment and economic growth across the area and includes money for Sheriffhall roundabout.

 

Play Midlothian at Vogrie

Play Midlothian is inviting children and families from across Midlothian to join them to celebrate play at Playday at Vogrie Country Park.

 

21,000 new jobs for Edinburgh and South East Scotland

'Ambitious' city deal will deliver opportunities across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and the Borders.

 

Exam Results Helpline

Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Exam Results Helpline will open on Tuesday 8 August as 139,000 pupils across the country receive their National, Higher and Advanced Higher results.

 

Lockerbie bomb appeal welcomed

Christine Grahame MSP welcomes SCCRC appeal by Megrahi family

 

Flower Power in Midlothian

Local community groups and residents are being offered the chance to adopt and maintain flower beds in King's Park, Dalkeith.

 

Budget shortfall Action

Council plans major savings programme to meet budget shortfall

 

Election View

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Sexism row at the council

The Midlothian Council Leader Derek Milligan has responded to claims from the SNP of sexism in the council chamber.

 

School leavers positive destinations

A high number of Midlothian school leavers continue to secure a sustained positive destination.

 

Good turnout for masterplan consultation

Locals come to see the proposals for the potential redevelopment of the Stobhill Depot and part of the Lady Victoria Business Centre

 

Flower beds grassed over

Council budget cuts appear in a visual way as flower beds are grassed over in King's Park

 

Gorebridge Primary School launch VR book

Pupils from the Midlothian Primary School have joined forces with a Scottish firm specialising in 360 degree cameras to publish a virtual reality activity and story book.

 

Food funding for groups in Woodburn Dalkeith

Ten community groups in Woodburn Dalkeith have succeeded in their bid to get a share of a £16,000 fund to support healthy eating and other food related projects.

 

Midlothian’s new MP

Danielle Rowley, Labour, has been elected as Midlothian's MP and it's first woman MP.

 

Meet your Labour Candidate

Read about Danielle Rowley, the Midlothian Labour party candidate for the General Election on June 8th.

 

Communication by media leaks not the right strategy

Time to share detail on the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal says FSB

 

Alert all pensioners

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column in Midlothian View.

 

Meet your Conservative candidate

Read about Chris Donnelly, the Midlothian Conservative party candidate for the General Election on June 8th.

 

Two child cap: Johnstone urges rethink

Lothian MSP Alison Johnstone has urged the UK Government to urgently reconsider its cap on Child Tax Credits for more than two children.

 

Conservatives demand action at Leadburn

Two Scottish Conservative candidates for the upcoming General Election have joined forces to demand Midlothian Council upgrade the Leadburn Junction.

 

Scotland’s “Curry King” condemns Manchester suicide bombing

Matin Khan, a prominent Muslim who owns and runs Bangladeshi restaurants in Midlothian’s Dalkeith and Loanhead, has spoken out against Monday’s attack.

 

New Provost elected

Councillor Adam Montgomery, Scottish Labour, has been elected today as the new Provost of Midlothian.

 

Meet your Lib Dem Candidate

Read about Ross Laird, the Midlothian Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2017 General Election.

 

Bumper plant sale at Vogrie

Prized blue poppies are among the bargains at this year’s annual plant sale at Vogrie Country Park nursery on Saturday 20 May.

 

Radical Road success for Stewart Brewing

Stewart Brewing celebrates Radical Road win at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards

 

Don’t miss the annual schools’ art exhibition

Always a highlight of the Midlothian Council calendar, the exhibition is on at the Dalkeith Library and Arts Centre from Wednesday 24 May.

 

Newtongrange masterplanning team appointed

A design team has been appointed to revitalise and improve Newtongrange town centre.

 

MSP welcomes intervention in college strikes

Local MSP Christine Grahame has welcomed the intervention of the Scottish Government in college strikes.

 

Midlothian Green Party Statement on Snap General Election

Why I am not standing for the Scottish Green Party in Midlothian at the General Election.

 

New service for people facing a barrier into employment launches

A council service, which officially launched on Thursday to help people facing a barrier into a job, training or volunteering, is already changing lives for the better.

 

Lib Dems Midlothian Candidate

Lib Dems announce Ross Laird as their Midlothian General Election candidate

 

SNP MSP says it is Fake News

Colin Beattie, MSP, reacts to news that SNP activists were reported to the Police for threatening and intimidating behaviour towards the Conservative campaign.

 

SNP activists reported to Police

SNP activists reported for threatening and intimidating behaviour at the Conservative election stall in Dalkeith.

 

Lobbying for cycling in Sheriffhall improvements

Christine Grahame MSP takes up the case for putting good cycling provision at the centre of the Sheriffhall roundabout improvements.

 

Support for the bereaved

Scottish Parliament highlights the support that national healthcare charity, Sue Ryder, provides for people who are bereaved.

 

Battle of Roslin put under the spotlight of experts

Medieval warfare experts fought it out at a public event at the world-famous Rosslyn Chapel in a lively discussion about the Battle of Roslin, which is believed to have been held in February 1303.

 

Labour set to form minority administration

Talks between all parties fail as the SNP and Conservatives say they will not work together

 

Burnbrae consultation launched

Give the council your views on the proposal for Burnbrae Primary School.

 

St Mary’s consultation launched

Give the council your views on the proposal for St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School.

 

SNP launch Midlothian General Election campaign

Campaign to re-elect Owen Thompson launched on Sunday at the Mining Museum in Newtongrange.

 

Conservatives win 5 in Midlothian

The Scottish Conservatives have gone from no councillors to five in the local elections.

 

Midlothian South Candidates

Here are all the candidates standing for the Local Elections in the Midlothian South Ward.

 

Midlothian East Ward Candidates

Here are all the candidates standing for the Local Elections in the Midlothian East Ward.

 

Midlothian West Candidates

Here are all the candidates standing for the Local Elections in the Midlothian West Ward.

 

Dalkeith Ward Candidates

Here are all the candidates standing for the Local Elections in the Dalkeith Ward.

 

Bonnyrigg Ward Candidates

Here are all the candidates standing for the Local Elections in the Bonnyrigg Ward.

 

Penicuik Ward Candidates

Here are all the candidates standing for the Local Elections in the Penicuik Ward.

 

Reminder as to how to vote in Local Council Elections

The method of voting is different in a Local Council Election as it is by numbers, see here for a guide to voting.

 

Average speed cameras for Old Dalkeith Road

For the first time in Scotland, an average speed camera system is to be installed on a local road

 

Lasswade Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Lasswade School held their Sports Personality of the Year Awards to celebrate the sporting success of their pupils.

 

Lively debate at Newbattle Hustings

Candidates from all the parties took part in an Election Hustings at Newbattle Abbey College.

 

Gorebridge Community Trust leading the way at Parliament

The Trust has successfully pressed the Scottish Goverment to debate cycling infrastructure in Parliament.

 

Independent Candidates

Meet two of the Independent candidates in the forthcoming local council elections on May 4th

 

Historians Prepare to do Battle over Roslin Battlefield

Local experts will be going in to battle on 3rd May at a special evening seminar on the Battle of Roslin.

 

Chris Donnelly for Conservatives

Midlothian Conservatives have selected their candidate for the Westminster elections on 8th June 2017.

 

Newbattle Conversations’ Local Elections Question Time

A Local Elections Question Time takes place Wednesday 26th April, 2:00pm to 3:30pm in the Drawing Room at Newbattle Abbey College.

 

Liberal Democrat Candidates

Meet the Liberal Democrats standing in the local elections

 

Local Council Election Hustings

Midlothian East candidates take part in an informative election hustings.

 

Midlothian Council needs to spend local and boost economy

Gordon Henderson of the FSB gives his view on what the local council elections should mean for small businesses.

 

Share Midlothian’s secret

A great new video has been produced to showcase what Midlothian has to offer

 

Airport Flight Path Plans

Green MSP joins communities to stop airport flight path plan.

 

“When nationalism wins we all lose. A hard Brexit will do immense damage to Britain.”

The Liberal Democrats in the Borders have their say on the General Election.

 

Midlothian Business Coffee Morning launches

A new local, bi-monthly networking group hosted by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) in collaboration with Business Gateway Midlothian.

 

Owen Thompson shocked at election announcement

Midlothian MP gives his reaction to the General Election announcement

 

Scottish Conservative Council Election Candidates

There is a Scottish Conservative Party candidate standing in each of the six Midlothian council wards in the the forthcoming local council elections on Thursday May 4th. Read the profile of your candidate here

 

Scottish Labour Candidates

There are ten Scottish Labour Party candidates standing in the the forthcoming local council elections on Thursday May 4th. Read the profile of your candidate here

 

SNP Council Election Candidates

There are two Scottish National Party candidates standing in each of the six Midlothian council wards in the the forthcoming local council elections on Thursday May 4th. Read the profile of your candidate here

 

Meet your Greens

There is a Scottish Green Party candidate standing in each of the six Midlothian council wards in the the forthcoming local council elections on Thursday May 4th. Read the profile of your candidate here.

 

Midlothian Heritage Week

A week-long programme of events in May to celebrate Midlothian’s rich heritage, cultural traditions and historic properties.

 

Dalkeith poker winner

Good Karma for Dalkeith Man who has won a share of £113,500 in a Poker Tour in Edinburgh

 

Powering Communities campaign

Prize pot for new electricals set to to power communities in Midlothian.

 

Stewart Brewing’s Beer Festival

Midlothian's leading Scottish craft brewer has announced the return of its annual Edinburgh Beer Festival on Saturday 13th May.

 

Borders Railway could go further

Study to consider extension to the Borders Railway.

 

SNP Group condemn wasteful cost

Midlothian residents have all been sent a letter this week from Midlothian Council Chief Executive about the increase in council tax charges in 2017/18.

 

Vogrie Golf Course – Use it or lose it

Vogrie Golf Course is to due to close after June 2017 but if more people were to play on it then it could stay open.

 

Bank of Scotland branch closures

The bank is closing it's branches in Gorebridge, Lauder and West Linton.

 

Take the train to the Melrose Sevens

ScotRail are putting on more carriages this Saturday so that people can travel to watch the Rugby.

 

Sheriffhall option finally revealed

The Scottish Government reveal option for this critical roundabout but it will still be a long time before work begins.

 

When Echoes Don’t Come Back

Local indie/rock artist Duncan Murray today releases his new single 'When Echoes Don't Come Back'.

 

Cycling with the Tartan Explorer

Bid Specialists to cycle alongside Josh Quigley, The Tartan Explorer

 

Let’s raise money for Maggie’s

Two brave Midlothian women who have battled cancer organise a ladies charity dinner to raise money for the Maggie's Centre in Edinburgh which provided such valuable help to them.

 

Attack at Westminster

Christine Grahame MSP reflects on the attack in Westminster.

 

SNP and Greens want a clean fight

Midlothian’s SNP and Green Councillors are calling on all political parties and independent candidates to join them in a clean fight during the Local Government Council election.

 

A new youth project teaching business through art.

After a very successful pilot, Art Club are now crowdfunding for sponsorships to open the club again in April.

 

First Bus withdraws from Midlothian

MSP seeks assurances after First Bus announce it is withdrawing entirely from the Scottish Borders and Midlothian

 

David Dunn Fitness trails opens

Great show of community spirit as the David Dunn Fitness trail in George V Park Bonnyrigg is opened.

 

Chicken Nuggets travel 6,000 miles to school

Freedom of Information requests by the BBC show councils in Scotland spent £1.3m on chicken products from Thailand last year.

 

Have you registered to vote?

Midlothian Council are encouraging as many residents as possible to take part in the Scottish council elections on Thursday 4 May.

 

Recycling message for all in new recycling video

Stobhill pupils take starring roles in new recycling campaign

 

Railway, Labour and Tam Dalyell

Christine Grahame in her monthly column for Midlothian View tells it as she sees it.

 

The Lady Vic has some new apprentices

A new team of Apprentices have started working at the Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange.

 

Labour council election candidates

Members of the Midlothian Labour Party have chosen their Candidates to contest the Council elections this coming May.

 

Midlothian Libraries present: ‘A Kind of Seeing’

A free special screening of archive films from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.

 

Greens press for young carers allowance

Lothian Green MSP has challenged the Scottish Government to introduce a Young Carer Allowance..

 

MSPs welcome business rates relief announcement

MSPs welcome today's package of measures from the Scottish Government to address concerns about business rates

 

First stage of plan to revitalise Newtongrange

The first stage of a plan to revitalise and improve Newtongrange town centre is underway.

 

Newbattle to become Centre for Excellence

Newbattle Community High School will be Midlothian’s first Centre for Excellence.

 

Dalkeith Town Centre nominated

Dalkeith Town Centre Heritage Regeneration nominated for prestigious planning industry award

 

Food Glorious Food – local residents to have their say

Local residents are to have their say on how money is spent on a number of projects in their community, thanks to a new participatory budgeting initiative launched by Midlothian Council.

 

Making physical activity and sport a way of life in Midlothian

Give you views on a new strategy to promote physical activity, sport and health which is being developed by Midlothian Council.

 

New fitness trail and jump slope among council approved projects

An outdoor fitness trail at King George V Park in Bonnyrigg and a new freestyle jump slope at Midlothian Snowsports Centre are among projects now included in the council’s capital plan.

 

Midlothian losing its entrepreneurial spark

Midlothian is missing out on potentially hundreds of jobs because not enough is being done to encourage entrepreneurs and setting up new businesses, according to Midlothian Lib Dems.

 

Which is Midlothian’s most entrepreneurial town?

Study shows where a boost in entrepreneurship would have most impact and which Midlothian towns have room to boost self-employment figures.

 

Midlothian Council tax to rise by upto 26%

Midlothian council have agreed council tax rises of 3% on top of the Scottish Government's band E to H increases.

 

Newbyres Medical Centre restricts access

Another Midlothian GP practice is restricting access to new patients, as it struggles to provide services to an ever-growing population.

 

St Mary’s and Burnbrae to share campus

St Mary’s RC Primary School is to move to a new joint campus on the site of the former Hopefield Primary School.

 

Councillors discuss the future of Danderhall Primary

A new school and community hub is one of two options to be considered to replace Danderhall Primary School.

 

Progress on city region deal to speed up economic growth

A major initiative that has the potential to transform the economy of Midlothian and the surrounding region could get the green light later this year.

 

Awards for Valour Protection

Colin Beattie MSP highlights a new law to stop someone passing themselves off as a war hero.

 

Greens welcome Scottish Budget Deal

Midlothian Greens are welcoming the party’s deal to secure £160million of additional funds from the Scottish Government to protect local council services such as schools and social care.

 

Tourism – My view

Rachael Hamilton MSP for South Scotland and Shadow Spokeswoman for Tourism and Small Business writes for Midlothian View.

 

Midlothian schools get £2.3m boost

Schools in Midlothian will benefit from the funding as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools.

 

Grahame welcomes work undertaken by local Women’s Aid

Local MSP, Christine Grahame has met with East and Midlothian Women’s Aid to highlight the work undertaken by them locally.

 

Tourism businesses invited to a digital tourism event

The free event is on 21 February at the Peebles Hydro Hotel and is open to all tourism related businesses in Midlothian and the Borders.

 

Bishop’s Move assist The Button Box

Local charity receives donations via removal company’s De-clutter and Donate service and community sponsorship.

 

Primary schools achieve Gold

King’s Park Primary in Dalkeith and Strathesk Primary School in Penicuik have been recognised with a prestigious national award for physical education and extra-curricular sport.

 

Pupils building bridges

Around 400 pupils had the chance to build their own suspension bridge and walk over it as part of the Bridges to Schools project.

 

Tourism visitor figures boost attributed to Borders Railway

New data has revealed that tourism in the Borders and Midlothian has received a major boost since the introduction of the Borders Railway.

 

Inform, Inspire, Hire

Following on from last years successful and inaugural Young Persons Jobs Roadshow, Developing the Young Workforce, Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian regional group announce its return in 2017.

 

Minister challenged over free bus pass age change

Alison Johnstone MSP challenges Scottish Ministers to scrap a proposed consultation on raising the age at which people qualify for a free bus pass.

 

Construction traffic not welcome

Miller Homes apologises after subcontractor contravenes planning conditions and uses residential road for access.

 

Stepping Stones are teaching the Lothians to swim

Successful Midlothian business, Stepping Stones is leading the way in high quality, low ratio swimming lessons.

 

Scale Down Cancer

Colin Beattie MSP, is backing Cancer Research UK’s new Scale Down Cancer campaign to help prevent obesity-related cancers across Scotland.

 

Photo of the week

Ian Algie, a hobbyist photographer based on the edge of Edinburgh, took this dramatic photograph of Midlothian.

 

Brexit, Army Wives and Trump

Christine Grahame in her monthly column for Midlothian View tells it as she sees it.

 

Work to begin on Gore Glen bing

Emergency work to deal with a Midlothian coal waste bing that is over-heating is due to start next week.

 

Dalkeith has a Burns Monument

A newly restored monument to the Bard was unveiled today, January 25, the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birthday.

 

Dalkeith branch closure a blow to Midlothian economy, says FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses and Colin Beattie MSP give their reaction to the news of the closure of the Clydesdale bank branch

 

Appeal to stop using Chinese Lanterns

A Midlothian horse owner has appealed for people to stop using Chinese lanterns because of the danger to animals.

 

2075 firms go bust every year because of late payment

Scotland’s late payment culture kills thousands of businesses and causes hundreds of millions pounds of economic damage, according to Federation of Small Businesses.

 

Dalkeith Clydesdale Bank branch to close

Clydesdale Bank has said that it's Dalkeith branch is to close in April as it announces a number of branch closures across Scotland.

 

A&E wait times rise: Johnstone welcomes staffing review

Alison Johnstone MSP welcomes review of NHS staffing as figures show a big increase in people waiting to be seen at Accident & Emergency departments.

 

Have your say on local funding

Midlothian Community Planning Partnership is inviting residents to join their local Steering Group in January 2017.

 

Council Warn of Telephone Scam

Midlothian Trading Standards are warning residents to be on the lookout for a telephone scam.

 

Local MSP highlights work of Newbattle High School

During a Scottish Parliament debate Colin Beattie says teachers and staff 'Do incredibly well.'

 

Petition launched to save Glencorse Barracks

Campaigners have launched a petition which is set to be delivered to the House of Commons by Midlothian MP Owen Thompson.

 

Doubt over Aldi Bonnyrigg plans

Aldi decline to confirm that they still plan to build a store on the Mayshade site on the A7.

 

Debut record by Midlothian artist

Dalkeith based musician Duncan Murray releases debut EP Power of Suggestion

 

Tourism in Midlothian is booming

New figures show that the number of people working in tourism in Midlothian increased by 12% in one year.

 

Retail unit planning rejected

Councillors support the Planning Officer's recommendation not to allow permission for a new retail facility at Tesco site.

 

Small Business New Year message

Gordon Henderson, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) welcomes in the New Year for small businesses.

 

A Resolution Revelation

“This is the year I’ll finally lose weight” is a pretty common New Year’s resolution. Australian personal trainer Tracy Griffen tells you how to do it.

 

Christmas Past Present and Future

Christine Grahame in her monthly column for Midlothian View reflects on Christmas.

 

Survey launched on transport

A new online survey has been launched to help shape Scotland's national transport policy, access it here.

 

School attainment rises again

Councillors this week have welcomed new figures showing significant improvements in secondary pupils’ attainment in Midlothian.

 

Midlothian cycling business moving up a gear

A business formed by two of Scotland’s leading cycling coaches is set to increase its turnover by more than 30% over the next two years with the launch of a luxury cycling holiday venture.

 

Tempers raised during full council meeting

Read about and watch the feisty council meeting today; Porkies, votes of no confidence, time-outs, apologies and oh some discussions.

 

Green Party budget proposals

Ahead of Midlothian Council's meeting today Green party Councillor Ian Baxter outlines his budget proposals to deal with the deficit but retain services.

 

Councillors may ask children to walk 3 miles to school

One of the proposals under discussion this week by Midlothian Councillors as they debate the £8m budget shortfall is to allow children to walk 3 miles to school.

 

The Greedy Fox opens

Bonnyrigg has a new restaurant with the opening of The Greedy Fox on Polton Street.

 

No further safety improvements for Leadburn Junction

A recent letter from Midlothian Council has revealed that no action will be taken to improve the safety of Leadburn Junction. This news come after a road accident claimed two lives in October.

 

MSP queries if SPFL exploiting children

Christine Grahame has written to the Scottish FA to ask if the SPFL are exploiting cheap labour, possibly including children, in the manufacture of footballs.

 

Get 20% off at Edinburgh’s Winter Wonderland

All Midlothian Residents qualify for the 20% discount through their EH postcode, see here for details

 

Works begin on Major Waste Treatment plant

Work is now underway to build a new state of the art energy from waste plant serving Edinburgh and Midlothian which will meet the energy demands of 32,000 households.

 

Lothian MSPs join with ENABLE

Scotland must address the ‘elephant in the room’ as report shows education system leaving pupils with learning disabilities side-lined

 

Learning and Development service rated as ‘very good’

Midlothian Council’s Learning and Development service has been rated as ‘very good’ in a recent inspection by Education Scotland.

 

Support the case to improve Sheriffhall

The plans are out for improving the bottleneck roundabout but in order to proceed residents must show their support. Read about the options and then give your views here.

 

What’s the gender pay gap for your job?

New interactive tool from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) allows you to find out the gender pay gaps and average earnings in a wide range of jobs.

 

Consultation on opt-out organ donor scheme

MSP Colin Beattie is urging constituents in Midlothian to give their views on organ and tissue donation in the Government’s new consultation to help inform policy.

 

Wightman to propose fiscal framework for local government

Green MSP Andy Wightman will deliver the annual Stephen Maxwell Memorial Lecture tonight.

 

Fitting in a Fitness Programme

One of the most common obstacles that new clients bring to me is that they don’t have time to exercise.

 

Ladywood Leisure Centre’s Christmas Appeal in Penicuik

Local MSP, Christine Grahame, has welcomed the launch of Ladywood Leisure Centre’s Christmas Appeal in Penicuik.

 

Joint Operation Tackles Rogue Doorstep Traders in Midlothian

Midlothian Council and Police Scotland are warning local residents against buying fish from rogue traders, following the arrest of five men in Bonnyrigg yesterday.

 

DYW celebrate the region’s achievements in 2016

Developing the Young Workforce sets out the ambition to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

 

Local MSP to raise problem of nuisance calls

SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Colin Beattie to support Scottish Government efforts to cut down on nuisance calls.

 

Inspirational words from Primary Head

Head Teacher Pauline Marr made an inspirational speech at the opening of Gore Glen Primary school. Read it here.

 

“What is life if full care we have no time to stand and stare”

Christine Grahame in her monthly column for Midlothian View: stop, sit, listen, watch.

 

Happy Days for Happy Days

Midlothian nursery Happy Days in Hardengreen scooped two awards at the 14th National NMT Nursery Awards.

 

Call to end taxi discrimination for the disabled

Owen Thompson, MP for Midlothian, visited a Guide Dogs event in Parliament to show his support for taxi drivers receiving disability equality training when getting their licence.

 

Boost your immune system the natural way

Are you sick of getting coughs and colds at this time of year? Australian personal trainer Tracy Griffen tells you how to avoid them.

 

Lothians based Bid Specialists post 195% increase in turnover

Award Winning Lothians based Bid Specialists, AM Bid Services are delighted to have reported an exponential 195% increase in the company’s turnover for its second year of year of trading.

 

Two Primary schools officially open

Midlothian's newest schools, Bilston Primary school and Gore Glen Primary school, were officially opened today by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney.

 

Liberal voices are needed now more than ever

John Ferry, the new chair of the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale branch of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, writes a column for Midlothian View.

 

Tourism boosts Midlothian economy

Tourism brought £105.28 million to the Midlothian economy in 2015, up 25.9% since 2009.

 

BID plans for Science Zone

The animal and life sciences sector in Midlothian could enjoy a further economic boost if they become part of a Business Improvement District.

 

Get Nominating!

Nominations are now open for Midlothian Council's Great Place to Grow Awards.

 

Projects get LEADER programme green light

Six projects including a bridge restoration will be given grants totalling £267,889 in the first round of LEADER programme awards throughout Midlothian and East Lothian.

 

NWH Children’s charity

The NWH Group are giving away one more funding release to ensure they help as many children as they can before Santa arrives.

 

Black Friday Sale now on

Amazon's Black Friday Sale is now on until 23:59 GMT on Friday, 25 November, 2016 with up to 50% off thousands of products.

 

Local MP’s Xmas Card competition

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has launched his inaugural Christmas card design competition and has written to all primary schools in Midlothian inviting them to take part.

 

Call for end to stop-skipping

Local MSP Christine Grahame has welcomed the end of 'stop-skipping' during rush hour but wants Scotrail to go further and extend this to services throughout the day.

 

NWH Wheelie Great Christmas Competition

Chance to win 2 VIP hospitality tickets to see Olly Murs at the SECC Hydro in Glasgow on the 3rd March 2017

 

Councillor Young decides not to stand again

Councillor Kenny Young, Midlothian East, has decided not to stand for re-election in May 2017.

 

Action on funeral poverty

Citizens Advice Bureaux will expand their support to people needing advice on funeral planning, the Social Security Secretary, Angela Constance, announced this morning.

 

Midlothian MP organises meeting to discuss Glencorse Barracks closure

Owen Thompson, MP, is inviting his Midlothian constituents to meet with him to discuss their thoughts and concerns on the proposed closure of Glencorse Barracks in 2032.

 

Peter de Vink explains split from SNP

The Midlothian SNP group have ended their four year partnership with the independent councillor. Read the reasons why here.

 

Improvements down the line for Borders Railway

ScotRail presented to the full council meeting this week and updated councillors on what improvements they are making to the performance of the Borders Railway.

 

Bidding Consultancy Wins Graduate Employer of the Year Award

Bid Specialists, AM Bid Services were thrilled to be crowned winners of the coveted ‘Best Employer for Student & Graduate Recruitment’ Award at the 2016 Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Awards.

 

Call to improve local war memorials

Colin Beattie MSP encourages local groups in Midlothian to apply to the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund (CMRF) to renovate their local war memorials.

 

MoD basing reforms

Veterans Minister Keith Brown today made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the MoD’s basing reforms.

 

Lothian MSPs hit back at Colin Beattie

Conservative and Greens hit back after SNP MSP Colin Beattie challenged them to explain why they have voted in favour of repealing an anti-sectarian law.

 

Cycling to a strategy in Penicuik

A public debate with key stakeholders will be held on the evening of Tuesday 15th November at Penicuik Town Hall, 7-8.30pm, to look at developing proposals for cycling in and around Penicuik.

 

Decision to close Glencorse barracks ‘Closure by stealth’

Midlothian's SNP political leaders have said the announcement of yet more cuts in Scotland’s defence estate, including the closure of Glencorse Barracks, is ‘a worrying blow and worse than expected’.

 

Glencorse “An opportunity to plan for the future” say Greens

Midlothian Green Party says the Ministry of Defence announcement that Glencorse Barracks will be closed by 2032 is an opportunity to plan for the facilities to be used for the benefit of the whole community.

 

MSPs vote for Midlothian’s £1m to be spent elsewhere

MSPs voted with the SNP Government to spend £1m of Midlothian Council Tax in other areas of Scotland

 

Delayed discharge: Johnstone urges action on care

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today expressed concern as figures showed a continuing increase in the number of people stuck in hospital waiting for social care support.

 

Glencorse barracks to close

The Ministry of Defence has this afternoon announced the closure of 8 sites across Scotland, one of which is Glencorse in Penicuik.

 

Owen Thompson MP calls for public response on rape clause policy

MP for Midlothian, is calling upon his constituents to help reject plans from the Tory government to restrict tax credits to two children and introduce a “medieval” rape clause for vulnerable women who have been raped.

 

Pigeon Penguin innovates to success

Midlothian Web and App development company Pigeon Penguin have helped their client Assure360 to innovation success at the Contamination Expo 2016 awards in London.

 

Midlothian scaffolding firm builds a reputation for innovation

City Access Scaffolding innovates in the construction of Edinburgh's new Boroughmuir High School.

 

Midlothian set to benefit from additional winter fuel funding

Families across Midlothian are set to benefit from £342,500 of additional funding to keep their homes warm this winter, the Scottish Government has announced.

 

Grahame presses Minister on Borders Railway Recovery Plan

Scotland's Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has assured Borders SNP MSP Christine Grahame "there will be consequences" if ScotRail fails to deliver performance improvements on the Edinburgh-Tweedbank rail line.

 

Future of Primary Care

A joint agreement on the future direction of GP services has been signed by the Scottish Government and doctors’ union the British Medical Association

 

Wightman says report shows need for council autonomy

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today highlighted a report showing the social impact of the 2016-17 local government budget.

 

It’s called guising!

Christine Grahame in her monthly column for Midlothian View covers Halloween, Guy Fawkes and Ed Balls

 

Winter preparations for the elderly

Owen Thompson, MP for Midlothian, and Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, are joining forces to help elderly constituents to stay warm, safe and well informed this winter.

 

The council are £5.9m short

The council say Scottish Government funding cuts will leave a £5.9m budget gap. Residents have until 7th November to say where cuts should be made.

 

Get Ready for Winter

With winter on the way, Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, has today called on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

 

Evergreen Gardener Wins Competition

Jack Davidson proved to be an evergreen success by collecting three awards at the Midlothian Council Tenants Garden Competition.

 

Schools Festival of Music

There’s still a chance to bag a ticket for this year’s Midlothian Schools Festival of Music concert at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.

 

Tooth decay target not met

Scottish Green MSP expresses concern at statistics showing that half of Primary One children in deprived communities have tooth decay

 

Opencast mine not going ahead

The application for a ten million tonne opencast mine at Cauldhall Moor near Rosewell has finally been withdrawn

 

New SESplan published

A proposed plan for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region was published this week and the public are being asked to comment.

 

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So if you do one thing today then show this to someone you care about.

 

Small business confidence takes a knock

Gordon Henderson, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) writes for Midlothian View about small business confidence

 

Red Phone boxes set to disappear

BT intends to remove some public payphones across Midlothian because of lack of use over a significant period of time

 

Labour call again for the reinstatement of Police CAT teams

Midlothian Council Labour Group are again calling on the SNP administration to reverse its decision to cut funding for Local Police following reports of mob rule in Dalkeith.

 

Swimmers Make Splash at Midlothian Sports Awards

Paralympian Scott Quin was crowned Senior Sports Personality at the 2016 Midlothian Sports Awards staged at Lasswade High School on Friday evening.

 

Protecting trees dating back to Mary Queen of Scots

Two trees which date from the time of Mary Queen of Scots will hopefully be around for hundreds of more years thanks to a partnership conservation project.

 

Midlothian Council Marks Hate Crime Week

Midlothian Council held two special events this week to coincide with National Hate Crime awareness week which runs from the 8 - 15 October 2016.

 

Greens say more needs to be done

The Green Party welcome the Council's emissions reduction report but says that there is huge potential for Midlothian to generate jobs and funds for the Council

 

Sheriffhall option to be chosen by March 2017

Scottish Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP, has confirmed that the junction improvement options are expected to be presented to the public for comment later this year but there is no timescale for completion.

 

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights could be seen this week and this spectacular photograph of them was taken in Dunbar by Belinda G.

 

Councillors at odds over Council Tax increase

SNP and Labour Councillors clash over proposed council tax increases and where the additional money is to be spent.

 

Midlothian MSP to chair commission

Colin Beattie MSP has been named chair of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

 

Vote defeated on call for Provost to resign

A vote at the full council meeting today has defeated a motion calling on the Provost to resign.

 

Campaigners fight to save Midlothian Farm

Scottish farmer and campaigners battle what they say is a Trojan Horse development on prime agricultural land.

 

Midlothian Council Tax to rise but be spent outside the county

Midlothian Council report that the majority of planned Midlothian Council Tax increases will not be spent in Midlothian but in other ares of the country due to the Scottish Government proposals of where the increased money should be spent.

 

Calls for the Provost to resign

Labour call for councillor Joe Wallace to resign after he described Armed Services Veterans as drug addicts and alcoholics and questioned the right for some of them to be referred to as Veterans.

 

Watch democracy in action with Midlothian’s new webcasts

An enthusiastic group of future voters joined Council Leader, Councillor Catherine Johnstone to launch the council’s new webcast service.

 

Retreat, determination and determination

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale and Deputy Presiding Officer, writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 
Midlothian Flu Jab time

Flu season is here so It’s flu jab time!

Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership is launching a campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated against the flu virus.

 

Mosaics help foster an identity for the new neighbourhoods

Tenants settling in to their newly built homes in Eastfield and Craigiebield areas of Penicuik are also enjoying two specially designed mosaics.

 

Midlothian groups benefit from seized criminal cash

Arniston Rangers Youth Football and Gorebridge Opportunities Ltd to receive funding seized from criminals as part of the Scottish Government’s innovative Cashback for Communities scheme.

 

Celebrating 50 years of advice

Dalkeith Citizen Advice Bureau was formed in 1966 and so this week celebrated it's 50 year milestone

 

“Time for a fair local tax” Green MSP to tell parliament

The Scottish Greens outline alternative proposals to amend Council Tax to highlight how regressive and unfair they think the Scottish Government’s plans are.

 

MSP outrage at Tories abandonment of WASPI Women

Colin Beattie has called for immediate action to help the thousands of women born in the 1950s that live in the Midlothian region who have been denied their pension.

 

MSP is pretty in pink

MSP wears it pink in Parliament in aid of Breast Cancer Now

 

Local MSP demands Tory Brexit climate clarity

"Unacceptable" to see environmental protections rolled back.

 

High School and Feeder School Consultations

Midlothian Council wants to hear your views on secondary school provision in Penicuik and the surrounding areas

 

Midlothian’s MP questions PM

SNP Westminster MPs have condemned Theresa May for failing to confirm if she would like the UK to stay within the European Single Market.

 

Portrait of Margo MacDonald

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale and Deputy Presiding Officer unveils portrait of the late Margo MacDonald in Holyrood.

 

Green MSP pushes for progressive welfare policies

Alison Johnstone has written to the First Minister offering support for the Scottish Government to adopt progressive welfare policies using powers newly devolved to Holyrood.

 

MP launches attack against HMRC

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has today called for an urgent review on current practices of handling Tax credit claims for lone parents

 

Festival of Architecture

As part of year of architecture, innovation and design Melville Housing Association are putting on some workshops and seminars about the repair and restoration of the Dalkeith Corn Exchange building and the setting up of the Dalkeith museum.

 

One Dalkeith Guerilla Gardening

Come along on Saturday morning to join in with the Guerilla gardening to improve Dalkeith town centre

 

The End of Recess is in sight

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale and Deputy Presiding Officer, writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 

Small grant funding for local groups

Are you part of a community group in Midlothian? Do you have an idea for a project that could improve the lives of local people? If the answer is yes, your group could be eligible for grant funding of up to £3,000 from Midlothian Council.

 

Public Meeting Post Brexit

A public meeting is taking place in Dalkeith on 1st September: to talk, listen and share different viewpoints.

 

New term and two new Midlothian schools

Two new schools, Bilston and Gore Glen primaries, opened their doors to pupils today for the first time.

 

Midlothian set to spend £200k a year on lazy parkers

Council sets aside the money as it looks to take over control of parking enforcement from the Police from April 2017.

 

Council take stance on xenophobia and hate crime

Midlothian Council reaffirm the council’s support for diversity and tolerance in Midlothian.

 

Melville road update

Update on the repairs to Elginhaugh bridge which has caused the closure of Melville road since the end of June.

 

Grahame seeks improvements on Borders Railway

MSP continues to press ScotRail to improve services on the Borders Railway following numerous complaints from constituents in recent weeks.

 

Lib Dems lead public conversation on Brexit in Peebles

"Whatever happens people should have another say before it is enacted" Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie tells audience in Peebles.

 

Residents alerted to fake charity scam

Midlothian residents are being urged to remain Scam Aware after it emerged that fake charity bag collectors have targeted areas inside the county over the past fortnight.

 

Midlothian Exam Results show Improvement in Attainment

With exam results out today Midlothian Council reports some record improvements in exam results this year.

 

Take life-saving test

SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Colin Beattie, has called on his constituents to take the potentially life-saving bowel screening test this month – part of a nationwide drive to encourage people to return their test as soon as they receive it.

 

Edinburgh Foodies Festival Competition

Win a pair of tickets to the Edinburgh Foodies Festival.
 
Bunting, Buns and the Best of Scottish Food and Drink as Foodies Festival Returns to Edinburgh 5th to 7th August

 

Man charged with bogus workman offences in Dalkeith

Staff at an RBS branch in Dalkeith contacted police to alert them of their suspicions.

 

GP restricted lists – what does it mean?

Six GP practices in Midlothian are now operating a ‘Restricted List’, Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership have published answers to common questions on the issue.

 

Brexit – Discussing Scotland and Britain’s future place in the World

A chance for you to air your views and to talk to and to hear from some of Scotland’s leading political figures about Scotland and Britain’s future place in the world.

 

Unmarked motorbike to be deployed on Borders roads

Police Scotland are carrying out a weekend of action on Scottish Borders roads favoured by bikers from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July.

 

Recess, that is when Parly does not sit

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale and Deputy Presiding Officer, writes her monthly column for Midlothian View about the summer recess.

 

Dalkeith Country Park Opening

Luxury retail and food and drink concept set to be unveiled in Dalkeith Country Park. Retail space and adventure playground to open on 25 July.

 

Sainsbury’s to trial same day delivery

The supermarket will test the service at three stores and plans to expand it to 30 outlets by Christmas.

 

Political parties at loggerheads over budget savings

Claim and counter claim as Midlothian councillors clash over Labour's non-appearance at Midlothian Council Committee set up to oversee 'transformational changes' to help balance future budgets.

 

Midlothian Labour hit back on EU motion

A Senior Council Legal Officer has confirmed Midlothian Labour’s claims that the SNP administration and green councillor voted down their own amendment on the effects of the Brexit vote at last month’s council meeting.

 

Hospital Garden Blooms With Funding Support

Midlothian Community Hospital Garden has grown into a big success story thanks to funding provided by the Tyne Esk LEADER.

 

Does Equality Matter to you?

Are you passionate about equality for all people in Midlothian regardless of their background?

 

Council Funds Mining Museum

Midlothian Council has agreed to fund the National Mining Museum Scotland by £40,000.

 

Sheriffhall improvement decision delayed again

The decision on the preferred junction improvement for Sheriffhall roundabout has been delayed again, with no announcement now until later in 2016.

 

Midlothian Labour vote against EU Motion

Labour Councillors vote against a motion welcoming the fact that Midlothian and Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union.

 

Midlothian View mentioned in Westminster Parliament

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson spoke about Midlothian View while leading a debate in Parliament on the role of the media in encouraging electoral participation.

 

Continued backing for city region deal to accelerate economic growth

Midlothian councillors have given their continued backing to a major initiative that has the potential to transform the economy of the already fast-growing region.

 

Steps to Ironmills Park to be repaired

Midlothian Council has agreed to stabilise the slope and reopen the steps at Ironmills Park, Dalkeith.

 

Council approves ‘School Streets’ pilot

King’s Park in Dalkeith and Lasswade in Bonnyrigg have been chosen because of indiscriminate parking issues when people are dropping off and picking up pupils.

 

Melville Road shut to motorists for a month

Following an incident at the weekend when the bridge parapet was struck and fell into the river it is expected to take up to four weeks to repair.

 

Two day school break in February 2018

Midlothian schools are set to have only a two day break rather than a full week in February 2018 despite 76.6% of parents who responded to a survey saying they wanted to keep the one week break.

 

Midlothian Council calls for EU funding reassurances

Owen Thompson and Midlothian Council leaders are calling on the UK Government to give reassurances over concerns about the future of EU funding to the region.

 

Flower of Scotland

Christine Grahame's monthly column for Midlothian View reflects on the EU referendum.

 

Midlothian ‘WASPI women’ in Dalkeith

Local women affected by equalisation of state pension age tell Midlothian MP of their fears for the future and discuss what happens next.

 

Ironmills Park report to be discussed

A report describing the extent of the recent landslip at the footpath access to Ironmills Park, Dalkeith is to be discussed at a full council meeting.

 

Melville Road Bridge Wall Collapse

The very busy Melville Road Bridge (B6392) is closed following the collapse of the bridge wall. Diversion in place and repair likely to be lengthy. Traffic delays highly likely.

 

93% of Midlothian school leavers going to a positive destination

The percentage of young people in Midlothian leaving school and going on to a positive destination such as further education or a job is up 3.3% on the same period the previous year.

 

Johnstone echoes warning from BMA Chairman

Alison Johnstone echoed the warning from Dr Peter Bennie, chair of the BMA in Scotland, that the NHS in Scotland does not have enough funding over the next five years to provide all the services people need.

 

MSP urges local groups to apply for New Community Funding

SNP MSP Colin Beattie has urged community groups in Midlothian North and Musselburgh to apply for a new £2 million fund to help local communities have a greater say in decision-making.

 

MSP express shock at murder of Jo Cox MP

Colin Beattie MSP today expressed his shock at the murder of Jo Cox MP, who was shot and stabbed yesterday in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

 

Rail Strike

First RMT rail strike to take place Tuesday 21st June. Reduced frequency for Borders Railway.

 
David Hamilton announces he is standing down

Former Midlothian MP knighted

David Hamilton has been knighted in the Queen's 90th Birthday honours.

 

UK Government should introduce automatic voter registration

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has called on the UK government to introduce automatic registration for elections following problems with the voter registration website this week.

 

Funding will enable communities to buy out buildings and land

Communities across Scotland will now receive support to become land or buildings owners thanks to a £350,000 fund.

 

Women affected by state pension changes

Owen Thompson, MP for Midlothian, has invited Midlothian women who are affected by the equalisation of the State Pension Age to meet with him to discuss their concerns.

 

MSPs get behind Volunteers’ Week Scotland

28% of Midlothian Adults give up their time to Volunteer so thank you to them during Volunteers’ Week Scotland.

 

Deputy Presiding Officer’s monthly column

The recently re-elected MSP and newly elected Deputy Presiding Officer writes her first monthly column for Midlothian View since the election.

 

3 Harbours Arts Festival 2016

The largest and most diverse Arts Festival in East Lothian starts 4th June

 

New technology hub aids people with dementia

A pioneering new project in Midlothian, a specialist hub has been set up to encourage people with dementia to look at how technology can help them in their daily lives.

 

Food waste recycling success

Midlothian Council has collected more than 1,000 tons of food waste since the service began in December.

 

New service direct to JFK New York

Delta Air Lines launches its new nonstop flight between Edinburgh and New York’s John F. Kennedy airports.

 

New school on old Hopefield Primary site

A new, two stream non-denominational primary school is to be built on the site of the former Hopefield Primary in Bonnyrigg.

 

Conservative MSP responds to SNP MSP letter

Newly elected Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour replies to a letter from fellow MSP Colin Beattie concerning Department for Work and Pensions Policy.

 

Midlothian has had a Unionist elected to a Parliament

Midlothian 's Conservative and Unionist Party members have something to celebrate

 

Midlothian S6 pupils in the STEM industries

Talented S6 pupils successfully completed an extended work experience programme in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) industries.

 

Walk to school week

Midlothian pupils took part in Walk to School Week campaign organised by Living Streets and Midlothian Council

 

Housing project for people with learning disabilities

Building work commences on innovative housing project in Penicuik.

 

Steel crisis on the agenda

Councillors from Scotland, England and Wales are meeting in Midlothian to discuss the crises facing the steel, power and energy intensive industries across the country.

 

Midfest to go ahead despite financial challenges

Councillors agree that Midlothian’s annual September arts festival will go ahead in 2016, despite the council’s current financial challenges.

 

Election Reflections 2016 from Scotland

Labour Candidate in Midlothian North and Musselburgh reflects on the Scottish Elections 2016

 

Progress made in raising attainment

Young people in Midlothian are performing better at secondary school.

 

Downward trend in getting to see a doctor

Alison Johnstone says that the latest Health and Care Experience Survey shows that the early priorities of the new government must be investment in general practice and supporting unpaid carers.

 

Local Business event in Dalkeith

One Dalkeith invite local businesses to a meeting on Wednesday 18th May 5:30pm to 7:30 pm to be held in the Board Room of the newly restored Dalkeith Corn Exchange.

 

Scottish Government must help self-employed and micros thrive

The new Scottish Government must reaffirm its commitment to the 339,000 firms with fewer than 10 employees, according to a FSB poll of 440 business owners based north of the border.

 

Strathesk Primary sing Equality

An original song about equality, penned by a Midlothian primary teacher and sung by his school choir, is set to raise much-needed funds for Syrian refugees.

 

Please consider fostering like Emma and David

Every 20 minutes a child in the United Kingdom comes into the care system and needs a foster family. Thank goodness for people like David Murphy and his wife, Emma.

 

Message from Christine Grahame

Newly re-elected SNP MSP Christine Grahame has warmly thanked those voters in Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale who helped her achieve re-election in Thursday’s Scottish Parliament election.

 

Message from Bernard Harkins

Labour Candidate offers his congratulations to those elected

 

It’s Election Day

It's election day and a lot of people are doing last minute googling to find out about the candidates in their constituency. Find out here.

 

How does the Regional List work?

The regional list is decided by the Additional Member System but how does it work?

 

Secondary pupils enjoy design success at Ikea

IKEA at Straiton was the venue for a special awards ceremony for talented design students from Midlothian secondary schools.

 

Meet the Candidates Midlothian South Listen Again

Hear the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale candidates constituency being interviewed on Black Diamond FM 107.8

 

Meet the Candidates listen again

If you missed the Midlothian North and Musselburgh candidates being interviewed on Black Diamond 107.8 FM then you can listen again here

 

Midlothian MP questions Tesco on rumoured Dobbies sale

Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian, has written to Dave Lewis and Alan Stewart, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of Tesco, to query Tesco’s intentions regarding a rumoured sale of Dobbies Garden Centres

 

News from the campaign trail

With almost less than a week to go Christine Grahame, SNP Candidate Midlothian South Tweeddale & Lauderdale writes her regular column for Midlothian View from the campaign trail.

 

Beacon at Hillend for Queen’s 90th

A beacon will be lit around 19:30 at Hillend in Midlothian to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April 2016

 

Midlothian Candidates on the Radio

The Black Diamond FM show Community Works will be hosting the candidates standing in the two Midlothian constituencies in two special editions of the programme.

 

Meet the candidates Midlothian North

Meet the Scottish Election 2016 candidates in the Midlothian North and Musselburgh constituency. The election takes place on Thursday 5th May.

 

Meet the candidates Midlothian South

Meet the Scottish Election 2016 candidates in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency. The election takes place on Thursday 5th May.

 

Council response to delays in road resurfacing work

Residents of Midlothian have been wondering why road resurfacing work has taken so long in Rosewell Road near Lasswade High School and Abbey Road near Newbattle Golf Club.

 

Alcohol survey reveals startling findings

Parts of Midlothian are overprovided when it comes to the sale of alcohol, according to a detailed public consultation into the issue.

 

Jump aboard the new hop on, hop off Midlothian Explorer

Today saw the launch of the new hop on, hop off Midlothian Explorer bus.

 

Update on Midlothian School estate inspections

The Midlothian inspections are now complete and no major structural issues have been identified.

 

Bernard says that politicians need to restore public confidence in their integrity

Scottish Labour candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh publishes his tax return saying that politicians need to restore public faith in politics after the revelations in the Panama Papers raised questions about tax evasion and tax avoidance.

 

On the Campaign Trail

Christine Grahame, SNP Candidate Midlothian South Tweeddale & Lauderdale writes her regular monthly column for Midlothian View from the campaign trail.

 

Statement regarding Midlothian School Buildings

Following the issues in Edinburgh, with 17 schools currently closed, Midlothian View asked Midlothian council for comment on their school buildings.

 

Restoring local democracy

What’s wrong with the Planning system and how can we fix it?

 

Bus Services a Key Priority say Greens

Scottish Greens today pledged to make better bus services a key priority in the next session of parliament

 
Iain Gray Labour

SNP “secret” deal with China

Labour's Iain Gray gives his opinion as to why the SNP did not announce a MoU with China worth up to £10bn

 

Green Party Tax Proposals

The Green Party set out their tax proposals for income tax and residential property tax.

 

Election candidates confirmed

Scottish Parliamentary Elections candidates announced

 

Health Visitor concern

Scottish Labour candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Bernard Harkins said that he is concerned about reports that Midlothian has only half the required number of health visitors.

 

We are undergoing a faith lift

This amusing banner outside St John's and King's Park church in Dalkeith near Edinburgh is being widely enjoyed and shared on social media.

 

Is Midlothian Labour really proposing to just let crime happen?

Kelly Parry, SNP Councillor for the Midlothian West ward gives her response to the council budget discussions

 

Council Budget decision and how nothing changes in Midlothian

Ian Baxter, Green Councillor for the Bonnyrigg Ward, Midlothian, gives his response to the Midlothian Council budget decision and gives an insight into what happened at the meeting.

 

Councillor speaks out against budget decisions

Jim Muirhead, Councillor for Midlothian South ward, speaks out against the budget decisions made yesterday by Midlothian Council councillors, which include cutting 14 Police officers.

 

Midlothian Council signs off its budget

The budget for 2016/17 addresses the £7.3 million budget gap by cutting some services

 

Rail depot will bring new jobs to Midlothian

Plans for a railway depot that will allowing the cleaning and stabling of trains are set to bring a number of new jobs to Midlothian following a decision by the Council’s Planning Department to approve the application.

 

Demolition work underway at Newbyres

Work has begun to demolish 64 council homes on Newbyres Crescent and Gore Avenue in Gorebridge due to elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) from old mine workings

 

Scottish Apprentice Week

Local MSP Colin Beattie recently visited the NWH Group in Dalkeith to show support for the annual Scottish Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate the success of local Modern Apprentices.

 

Fracking at First Minister’s Questions

Iain Gray MSP gives his view of this week's First Minister's questions

 

Film studio decision delayed until after election

A Scottish Government spokesperson has said it is extremely unlikely a decision will be made until after the May Scottish elections

 

Made in Scotland: Midlothian leads the way in new UK-wide voting campaign

Midlothian was well represented at the packed launch of the Use Your Vote campaign at the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday evening.

 

Lib Dem Kris Chapman aims to unseat the SNP in Midlothian

Kris Chapman has vowed to be a strong voice for the constituency holding the Government to account as he lines up to be the next Member of the Scottish Parliament for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

 

Outrage at Greggs Factory Closure

Local politicians are outraged by the news that Greggs plans to close its bakery manufacturing operation in Loanhead, Midlothian.

 

Cauldhall application to be reviewed by Council

An update report of the Cauldhall Opencast mine is to be discussed at the April Planning Committe meeting

 

Grassroots Out is campaigning in Midlothian

On Thursday the 23rd June a referendum will take place to decide whether we stay a member of the European Union. Grassroots Out is a cross-party, grassroots campaign to encourage people to vote to leave the EU.

 

Christine Grahame MSP

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, writes her March column for Midlothian View.

 

Ironmills Park Security

Security has been increased around the steps from Cemetery Road to Ironmills Park, Dalkeith, because of concerns local people have still been accessing the steps, despite it being closed because of landslip problems.

 

Cauldhall “Zombie” application

Campaigners urge councillors to call time on outstanding application for the Cauldhall Moor opencast coal mine near Rosewell.

 

Crime under the spotlight as MSPs meet police commander

The contrasting trends between so-called youth incidents and rural crime in the Borders were among the topics discussed when local SNP MSPs Christine Grahame and Paul Wheelhouse, met divisional police commander Gill Imery.

 

Save Jim’s Farm event held

Mass gathering of the local community in a hay barn wanting to fight for land, food and people at risk from Pentland Studios.

 

Crime in Midlothian has fallen according to the latest figures released today.

The Quarter 3 management information shows in total, reported crime is down by 5.4% meaning 178 fewer victims of crime between April and December 2015 compared to the same period the previous year.

 

Eskmills Cafe opens in glorious sunshine

Dalkeith's new cafe-restaurant opened its doors for the first time today.

 

£20M agriculture ‘safety net’ for farmers due to IT delays

Scottish Government-backed loan scheme launched today aimed at easing cash flow issues whilst farmers await payments from the delayed Scottish Government IT system for CAP payments.

 

Clippens Yard waste removal deadline extended again

Following the expiration of Midlothian Council's deadline to remove the waste the council are in discussion with the landowners.

 

Bernard backs plans to stop SNP cuts to schools and vital public services

Scottish Labour candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh has backed bold plans from Scottish Labour to protect local schools and services from SNP cuts.

 

Spray campaign to tackle dog fouling

Members of the community and schoolchildren in Gorebridge have joined forces to tackle the scourge of dog mess on the town’s streets.

 

Johnstone backs investment in Community Care

Alison Johnstone, Lothian MSP and Scottish Green Party spokesperson on Health, Wellbeing and Sport, has today backed calls for investment in GP practices and community care.

 

FSB: Tap smaller businesses to boost Scottish pupils’ prospects

One in four Scottish small firms provides help to high schools and opportunities for local pupils, a new Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) report reveals.

 

Donation centres for refugees open

Donation centres have been opened across Midlothian to collect much needed winter clothing, school supplies and toiletries for Syrian refugees.

 

The joys of fostering

As Midlothian Council's Fostering Service receives a positive inspection from the Care Inspectorate, two of Midlothian foster carers talk about the joys of fostering.

 

Jacquie Bell selected as Lib Dem candidate

Midlothian Liberal Democrats have selected Jacquie Bell as their Prospective Holyrood candidate for the Midlothian North and Musselburgh Constituency.

 

Hop on, hop off tourist bus for Midlothian

Borders Railway passengers at Newtongrange will be able to hop on and hop off a new bus visiting Midlothian’s top tourist spots from April.

 

Very positive inspection of Midlothian’s fostering service

Midlothian Council’s fostering service has been rated as ‘very good’ and ‘good’ by the independent regulator of social care services, the Care Inspectorate.

 

New Cafe-Restaurant for Dalkeith

Successful Midlothian restaurant owner to open his latest venture in Dalkeith, a smart new cafe-restaurant called Eskmills.

 

Police target illegally parked parents

The Police and Midlothian's traffic warden were out in a high visibility swoop today to catch parents who are consistently parking illegally outside King's Park Primary school.

 

Get your dog microchipped for free

Midlothian Council has teamed up with the Dogs Trust to provide free microchipping of dogs before it becomes a legal requirement from 6th April.

 

Rainbow Primary makes it to school name shortlist

Local people are being asked to vote for a name for each of the two new primary schools at North Gorebridge and Bilston.

 

Condemnation of organisation of “sexist and hate-mongering” meetings

MP Owen Thompson had taken action against the organisation of “sexist and hate-mongering” meetings across the UK by the so-called “Roosh V” who came to notoriety when he previously advocated for rape to be made legal on private property.

 

Have your say on the future of council services in Midlothian

As a result of the shortfall in funding from the Scottish Government local people are being given the opportunity to have their say on the future of council services in Midlothian.

 

Bonnyrigg to be joined to Eskbank and Dalkeith

Midlothian Councillors disregard report by its own planning department and grant controversial planning permission

 

Lothian Science Park fosters growth for tenants

Battery technology company for electric vehicles and renewable energy applications has announced plans for expansion.

 

‘Lost’ Burns plaque returned to monument

A commemorative plaque of Robert Burns, owned by a local Trust, has been revealed as one of the missing plaques from the Dalkeith Burns Monument.

 

Christine Grahame MSP

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, writes her popular column for Midlothian View.

 

Anti-Apartheid exhibition comes to Midlothian

A fascinating exhibition which tells the story of the anti-apartheid movement is coming to a Midlothian library.

 

£3.4m boost for local communities

Midlothian Council has been awarded a £3.4 million grant allocation to run a LEADER programme throughout Midlothian and East Lothian.

 

Grahame encourages retailers to sign carrier bag commitment

A voluntary agreement which asks retailers to report carrier bag sales and commit to donating money raised to good causes in Scotland.

 

£40k for Woodburn is a boost for all

More than a dozen local organisations will share in a £40,000 Participatory Budget to ensure that Woodburn/Dalkeith’s Coalfields Community Futures’ Five-Year Action Plan gets off to a flying start.

 

Register to Vote

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Midlothian will go to the polls for the Scottish Parliament election but anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able to take part and have their say.

 

Call for halt to nuclear convoys through Scotland’s streets

SNP MP condemns 'unacceptable' risk to the public and proposes legislation to immediately halt the unsafe practice.

 

Newtongrange gas main repair latest

SGN have completed the repairs to the damaged gas main over the weekend. Reinstatement work and clearing up work continues. Newbattle Road to fully reopen Friday evening

 

Ageing Well Festival

Are you active and fifty plus? Do you fancy some free advice on how to keep fit long into your retirement? How about having your blood pressure checked?

 

Edinburgh Technopole reaccredited for global management and environmental standards

A Midlothian science park has demonstrated its continued commitment to world class service and environmental management by being reaccredited for two major international standards.

 

Illegally dumped waste in Damhead

On Saturday Damhead residents, the Community Council, Damheads farmers, food producers and neighbouring communities stood in protest at the site of £2 Million worth of illegally dumped waste.

 

Edinburgh Greens call for Council Tax rise

Green councillors in Edinburgh propose £10m investment through council tax rise of £0.97.

 

Rosewell Development Trust Ceilidh

Rosewell Development Trust are working hard for the community of Rosewell. Read about the trust and their fund raising Ceilidh.

 

Protest to save Jim’s Farm

Campaigners are staging a demonstration at Straiton today to try and save the farm and Greenbelt land there from what they describe as the huge and inappropriate development of the proposed film studios.

 

Planning for the future of Midlothian Community Hospital

If you’ve got something to say about the development of Midlothian Community Hospital then come along to a special ‘Hot Topics’ public meeting being held by Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership where you can make your voice heard.

 

Do you travel on the Borders Railway?

Do you travel on the Borders Railway? If so, Midlothian Council wants to hear more about how you get to and from the stations at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange and Gorebridge.

 

Snow Forecast

An amber, be prepared warning is in place for snow in Midlothian.

 

Planning decisions made

Midlothian Council Planning meeting today voted on Aldi at Mayshade and Cala homes on the Broomieknowe practice ground.

 

Trial of people power for Midlothian budget setting

Midlothian Council is one of thirteen councils to trial a Scottish Government initiative giving residents direct control over aspects of council budgets.

 

Update on Newtongrange gas main repair

Good progress has been made on gas main repair but road will remain closed for about a week

 

Pupils build mini Forth Road Bridge

Around 600 Midlothian primary pupils are building their own mini version of the new bridge over the River Forth.

 

Scottish Labour candidate Bernard Harkins has pledged help for first time buyers

The Scottish Labour candidate backed the party’s first manifesto pledge ahead of May’s vote, to effectively double the help first time buyers currently receive towards saving for a deposit.

 

Colin Beattie MSP kicks off his re-election campaign

SNP activists in Midlothian North & Musselburgh have kicked off the party’s ground campaign ahead of the Scottish Parliament election with a pledge to keep Scotland moving forward.

 

Schools’ catchments report published

Midlothian Council publish their consultation report for catchment areas of schools along the A701 corridor

 

Only 13 of the country’s 32 local authorities carry out roadside emissions testing

Alison Johnstone, Health and Wellbeing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, today challenged the Scottish Government and local authorities over their inaction on air pollution highlighted by TV documentary "Car Sick".

 

Fans right to Buy

Lothian MSP and former athlete, Alison Johnstone, is calling for a final push to win a right to buy for Scottish football fans.

 

Latest Update on Newtongrange Gas pipe repair

SGN engineers are working hard to repair the damaged high pressure gas main but due to the complexity of the work it is likely to continue for several days

 

Work continues through the night on the damaged gas pipe in Newtongrange

SGN are continuing their work to dig around the section of damaged pipe in Newtongrange to carry out it's repair. Road diversions remian in place.

 

Bernard Harkins on the NHS

Bernard Harkins, Scottish Labour Party candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh seat in the 2016 Scottish Parliament Elections and shortlisted list candidate for Lothian Region, writes an article about the NHS.

 

Even bigger budget shortfall for council

In the wake of the Scottish Government Budget SNP led Midlothian Council says it is facing an even greater budget shortfall than anticipated in the next financial year.

 

Penicuik Storehouse share offer launched

The Penicuik Community Alliance has launched a bid for investors to support the Penicuik Storehouse, an ambitious community food and market project in the centre of the Midlothian town.

 

Petition against Film Studios being built on Green Belt

Jim Telfer is a farmer whose family have been farming their 60 acre plot of land since 1915. He and his family now face eviction to make way for film studio development on prime green belt land.

 

Greens call for Midlothian to play its part following Paris Climate Agreement

Midlothian Green Party has hailed the Paris Agreement to combat climate change as a “major achievement for the world” but warns that “Midlothian must play its part” if the agreement is to succeed.

 

Fake car servicing scam disclosed

Midlothian Council’s Trading Standards team would like to hear from anyone who may have been caught up in a fake car servicing scam that resulted in a Midlothian man being sentenced to more than 200 hours of unpaid work in the community.

 

Cycling funding gone flat

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health, Wellbeing and Sport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today urged Scottish ministers to rethink their proposed spending plans which are set to slash support for safe walking and cycling routes to schools.

 

Forth Road Bridge: FSB Welcomes Van Victory

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland has welcomed today’s announcement that vans and other light goods vehicles will be allowed to use the A985 priority corridor between Rosyth and Kincardine while the Forth Road Bridge remains closed.

 

Christine Grahame MSP

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, writes her popular column for Midlothian View.

 

Immigration Laws threaten Bangladeshi Restaurants

Opinion article by successful Midlothian Restaurateur Matin Khan about the threat to Bangladeshi restaurants from immigration laws

 

Fly through the new Newbattle High School

As the funding for Newbattle High School has now been secured a video of the new building has just been released

 

Green Light for Newbattle High

The funding for the building of Newbattle High School has now been secured following a review of funding proposals to comply with EU rules.

 

Call for more security for tenant farmers

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, has called on the Scottish Government to give more security to tenant farmers in the wake of the campaign to stop East Lothian farmer Andrew Stoddart from being evicted.

 

Please help with the search for Chris Nelson

The parents of missing Midlothian man Chris Nelson heighten the search even further and say they will go to any length to get him back. Chris went missing in Amsterdam on Sunday 15th November. Please share or tweet this article.

 

Nine month delay for Sheriffhall improvement decision

Despite concerns being raised in January with the progress being made to improve Sheriffhall roundabout a further nine month delay has just been admitted by Derek Mackay, the Minister for Transport and Islands.

 

Jumble Tots Dalkeith this Sunday

Jumble Tots Dalkeith this Sunday 1pm-3pm. Over 30 stalls packed full of preloved children & baby items including clothes, toys, prams, walkers & more.

 

Please help find Chris Nelson from Scotland

The family and friends of Chris Nelson, from Dalkeith, Scotland are still desperately searching for him a week after he went missing.

 

Colin Beattie welcomes Book Week Scotland to Midlothian

Book Week Scotland, which runs from Monday, the 23rd of November until Sunday the 29th, sees hundreds of events taking place all across the country, with events perfect for all age groups.

 

Owen Thompson says ‘Aye’ to refugees

Midlothian MP shows support for the Scottish Refugee Councils campaign ‘Aye Welcome Refugees’

 

MSP warns against boiler cold calling scam

Local MSP Colin Beattie warns against a cold calling scam where constituents are told they need to have their boiler replaced due to Scottish Government legislation.

 

Local MP urges carers to find out about their rights

Local MP Owen Thompson is encouraging the 8,238 unpaid carers in Midlothian to find about their rights as part of national Carers Rights Day

 

Blooms are a winner for Bonnyrigg Jean

Things are looking rosy for keen Bonnyrigg gardener Jean Thomson, who has picked up the top award in this year’s Midlothian Council tenants’ garden competition.

 

Chris Nelson from Midlothian missing in Amsterdam

Chris Nelson from Eskbank, Dalkeith has gone missing in Amsterdam. He was last seen on Sunday morning at 5:45.

 

Food education pilot reaping rewards

An education pilot about food in schools is already paying dividends for Penicuik High School cluster.

 

Midlothian Schools excel at Usher Hall

A fantastic night of music as Midlothian schools perform at the Usher Hall

 

Dalkeith Arts Autumn 2015 Exhibition

The annual Dalkeith Arts exhibition reflecting local amateur and professional talent is on from Saturday 14 to Saturday 28 November (except Sunday) at the Dalkeith Arts Centre in the centre of Dalkeith.

 

Public exhibition and consultation on Dalkeith town centre

A public exhibition and consultation on design proposals for the future of Dalkeith town centre will take place in the town at the end of November.

 

Food waste recycling service on its way

Midlothian Council is gearing up to introduce food waste recycling for local households from December 2015.

 

Great British Bake Off Star Launches Foodies Festival Christmas Edinburgh

Great British Bake Off Star Flora Launches this Weekend's Foodies Festival Christmas Edinburgh at the EICC 13-15th November

 

Local MSP stands up for Scotland’s Trade Unions

SNP MSP Colin Beattie has voted to oppose the UK Government’s ‘anti-worker’ Trade Union Bill – and raised questions over Labour’s failure to back the devolution of power over industrial relations to Scotland.

 

Views sought on banning or regulating devices for cats and dogs

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame is urging her constituents to respond to a Scottish Government consultation on whether electronic training collars for cats and dogs should be regulated or banned in Scotland.

 

Peter is prepared for winter. Are you?

To help make sure Midlothian residents are ready to take on whatever winter throws at us this season, Midlothian Council has enlisted the help of one of the county’s true community champions, Peter Collins.

 

Midlothian Council adopts strong anti-TTIP Motion

Green amendment to SNP motion accepted to ensure strong council opposition to TTIP

 

Midlothian to take 40 Syrian Refugees

This week, Midlothian Council discussed preparations to welcome and offer support to around 40 Syrian refugees as part of the UK Government’s commitment to the current crisis. There was no debate or dissent, all 18 councillors were in agreement that this is the right thing to do and it’s the least we should do.

 

Push for arts and theatre complex continues

Midlothian Council is to work with partner agencies to improve its funding bid for a £6.5 million arts and theatre complex centre at the award-winning National Mining Museum Scotland.

 

Midlothian agrees to resettle around 40 refugees over five years

Around 40 Syrian refugees could be resettled in Midlothian over the next five years.

 

Girls’ mental health declines

Alison Johnstone MSP, health and wellbeing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today urged ministers to act on a major report into young people's mental health, as it shows a sharp decline in teenage girls' emotional wellbeing.

 

Bonnyrigg Community Bonfire

Bonnyrigg Community Hub have brought back the traditional Guy Fawkes Night bonfire to Bonnyrigg

 

New project for children and young people bounces into life

A new initiative to give every care experienced Midlothian child ‘a voice’ bounced into life with a special launch at Ryze trampoline park and Transgression skate park in Mayfield.

 

Christine Grahame MSP

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, writes her latest column for Midlothian View.

 

One Dalkeith – Development Trust Public Meeting

Everyone invited to come along and join the conversation about a Development Trust for all the communities of Dalkeith 9/11/5 from 6.30pm in Dalkeith Arts Centre.

 

Midlothian Local Development Plan ignored

Green councillor says Local Development Plan a 'Waste of time and money' after councillors vote for another unsustainable housing development.

 

Have your say on licensing overprovision

Midlothian’s Licensing Board and Forum are inviting the public to have their say on licensing overprovision.

 

Carrier Bag charges ‘A Great Success’

Scotland's single use carrier bag drop usage drops by 650 million since the charge was introduced

 

Colin Beattie MSP, presents to National Library of Scotland

Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, gave a presentation this week at the National Library of Scotland on 17th Century Scotland.

 

NHS Audit shows need for preventative spend says Green MSP

Report from Audit Scotland into the NHS shows the need for Scottish ministers to pick up the pace towards preventative spending, says Alison Johnstone

 

Newspapers closure: Johnstone urges rethink

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, is urging newspaper owners Johnston Press to rethink their decision to close the Musselburgh and East Lothian News titles.

 

Cycling survey shows Ministers out of step says Johnstone

Alison Johnstone MSP, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, says new research by transport charity Sustrans shows how out of step Scottish ministers are with the public desire for investment in cycling and walking infrastructure.

 

Owen Thompson Hooks-a-Duck to clean up problem pavement parking

Owen Thompson MP took on the challenge of cleaning up the streets at the SNP Conference this week, when the charity Guide Dogs offered him the chance to learn more about the daily difficulties faced by people living with sight loss.

 

Midlothian MP welcomes ban on ‘Legal Highs’

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has welcomed the proposed ban on so called ‘legal highs’ as part of a debate as the New Psychoactive Substances Bill sees its second reading in the House of Commons.

 

Black Diamond FM success backed by OFCOM

Midlothian's Radio Station Black Diamond 107.8 FM is now into its eight year of operation and as a measure of its success it has been invited by OFCOM to apply for a five year extension to the community radio licence it holds.

 

Big Lottery funding for Canny Tenants project

Some of Midlothian’s most vulnerable residents are set to benefit from a Big Lottery funded project focusing on preventing debt, managing household budgets and saving energy.

 

Midlothian MP Welcomes Offshore UCG Moratorium

Midlothian’s MP Owen Thompson has welcomed the announcement that a moratorium will be placed on offshore Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in Scotland.

 

Local people have their say on priorities for Woodburn/ Dalkeith

A community open day will be held in Dalkeith on Saturday October 24 to give local people their say on the priorities for the Woodburn/ Dalkeith area.

 

Call for prosecution on legal highs

Police should use common law to prosecute suppliers of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) - says Christine Grahame MSP

 

South East Scotland plan “Madness for Midlothian” say Greens

Midlothian Green Party says proposals for the new South East Scotland Plan (SESPlan) will lead to Midlothian becoming a gridlocked commuter belt for Edinburgh.

 

When night time noise becomes a nuisance

Midlothian Council is currently carrying out a review of the night time noise complaints service operated by its environmental health team.

 
Scottish Junior FA Superleague Premier League South Division

Local MSP urges football fans to make their voices heard

Colin Beattie has today urged football fans in Midlothian to make their voices heard in how the game is run by responding to the Scottish Government’s new consultation.

 

Christine Grahame MSP

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, writes her latest column for Midlothian View.

 

First sod cut for new Gorebridge Primary

The first sod has been cut marking the start of work on the new primary school at Gorebridge North.

 

Grahame calls on retailers to back local farmers

SNP MSP Christine Grahame has today backed the Scottish Government’s calls for retailers to support local farmers during difficult economic times by sourcing Scottish products.

 

Video Message from Willie Rennie

Midlothian View has been sent this video from Willie Rennie

 

Dalkeith and Woodburn residents asked to help shape the future of their community

Residents have the opportunity to say what they think about their community and to contribute to a shared vision for its future.

 

Delayed Discharges: Johnstone urges action on care places

Alison Johnstone MSP, the Scottish Greens' health spokesperson, has urged the Scottish Government to do more to provide care home places and care-at-home packages.

 

Public Opinion wins through

A procedural technicality and the weight of public opinion has resulted in Midlothian Council agreeing to install CCTV cameras in the Lauder Road area.

 

Free Concerts to Celebrate Friendships

Local residents are invited to celebrate Midlothian’s friendships with Heinsberg in Germany and Komarom-Esztergom in Hungary at two special free concerts.

 

Rail issues being monitored

The opening of the Borders Railway has witnessed unprecedented public interest, with 23,500 journeys to and from the seven new stations made to date.

 

Flight Path trial closed early

Alison Johnstone has today congratulated local communities on their campaign success after the Edinburgh Airport announced it will close its controversial flight path trial two months earlier than originally planned.

 

60% of Scottish FSB Members would vote to remain in EU

A new study from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reveals Scottish small business opinion on the forthcoming European Union membership referendum.

 

2015 World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Facts

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual flagship fundraiser and is celebrating its 25th birthday on Friday 25th September.

 

New schools’ catchments survey

Midlothian Council is asking for views on the proposed catchment area for the new primary school at Bilston. The consultation, which begins on Monday 14 September, will also cover proposed changes to the catchment areas of Loanhead, Paradykes and Roslin primary schools.

 

Midlothian needs to rediscover its liberal roots

"Observing the trajectory of our recent politics it is clear that contemporary Scotland would once again benefit from a good shot in the arm of liberal politics" writes John Ferry.

 

New councillor for Midlothian West

Midlothian has a new councillor following a by-election for electoral ward 4 – Midlothian West as the SNP hold their seat.

 

Foodies Festival Christmas

Foodies Festival brings its winter edition - Foodies Festival Christmas – to Edinburgh’s EICC 13-15th November.

 

Response to the Refugee Crisis

Christine Grahame gives her response to the refugee crisis

 

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal

The £1bn Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal reached a major milestone last week, with the six bid partners submitting their proposal to the Westminster and Scottish governments.

 

Fala Village Residents Petition Local MSP For Speed Limits

Villagers petition parliament for a 20 mph speed limit to be set within Fala Village.

 

Midlothian’s Big Weekend 2

Thousands of music lovers and families looking for a fun day out are expected to descend on Dalkeith Country Park over the weekend for celebrations marking the end to Midlothian’s annual arts festival, Midfest

 

Grahame welcomes drop in offensive weapons crime

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame is welcoming official statistics showing there has been a marked drop in offensive weapons crime throughout her constituency since 2006/7.

 

FSB investigates UK digital communications market

FSB report “Firms based in Dingwall, Dundee and Dulwich all deserve an equally good service from telecoms providers."

 

The Queen at Newtongrange Station

There was much excitement today in Newtongrange as the Queen officially opened Newtongrange Station and the Borders Railway.

 

Restauranteur Offer to Syrian Refugees

Midlothian award-winning chef and restauranteur has offered free food and jobs to Syrian refugees arriving in Scotland.

 

Newbattle Viaduct open for the first fare paying passengers in 46 years

With the opening of the Borders Railway the historic and beautiful Newbattle Viaduct is back in use

 

Details confirmed for Cockenzie Power Station demolition

ScottishPower, East Lothian Council and Police Scotland have confirmed further details regarding the demolition of the twin chimney stacks at the former Cockenzie Power Station site.

 

Petition started against Lothian Bus Service cut

Residents of Rosewell, Poltonhall and Bonnyrigg are angered by Lothian Buses decision to reduce by a half the frequency of the popular 49 bus service.

 

Local MSP welcome First Minister’s programme for Scotland

Colin Beattie MSP welcomed the First Minister’s speech announcing the Scottish Government’s Programme for Scotland.

 

Green councillor asks Scottish Government to call in controversial hotel development

Greens make the case to the SNP Government to stop the planning application.

 

Programme for Government: Green MSPs Respond

The Scottish Green MSPs, Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone, responded to today's Programme for Government.

 

Her Majesty to get a royal welcome at Newtongrange

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will make the historic Borders Railway journey on the Union of South Africa steam train on the day Her Majesty becomes the UK's longest reigning monarch.

 

Merchant Navy Day

Red Ensign to fly from Midlothian House to commemorate Merchant Navy Day on Thursday 3 September.

 

Hotel given planning approval in Pentland Hills

Midlothian Council planning committee meeting approve plans for a hotel in the Pentland Hills despite concerns.

 

Borders Railway fun for all the family at Eskbank

Young singing sensations, Little Voices, Big Stars are among the line up performing at the free community event at Edinburgh College to celebrate the opening of the Borders Railway Eskbank Station.

 

Patients seen within 18 weeks: Johnstone concerned at decline

Alison Johnstone MSP, the Scottish Greens' health spokesperson, expresses concern as new figures show a decline in the percentage of NHS patients being seen within 18 weeks

 

Christine Grahame MSP

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, writes her August column for Midlothian View.

 

Grahame endorsed to defend seat for SNP

The SNP members in Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale have selected sitting MSP Christine Grahame to represent the Party at next May's elections for the Holyrood parliament.

 

First week back with 5 A Highers

Seven pupils from Dalkeith High School achieve five straight A Highers

 

Questionnaire on the quality of call handling provided by Police Scotland

Questionnaire about the quality of call handling being provided by Police Scotland’s contact, command and control facilities. Have your say before Sunday August 23rd

 

Johnstone says ministers must be challenged

Alison Johnstone MSP, the Scottish Greens' education spokesperson, urges the Scottish Goverment to reverse cuts to college places and increase spending on primary pupils.

 

Clarifying teaching hours

Councillor Bob Constable, the cabinet member for education, welcomed back pupils and staff to school and took the opportunity to clarify recent reports about teaching hours in Midlothian.

 

Lib Dems reveal over 100,000 primary school pupils in composite classes

Scottish Liberal Democrats have raised concerns that local authorities are resorting to the use of composite classes to address the SNP’s lack of support for primary schools.

 

Council approves funding to support Penicuik business BID project

Midlothian Council has approved funding of up to £37,000 to meet the costs of collecting a new business levy for the Penicuik Business Improvement District (BID).

 

Council block move to install CCTV in Lauder Road

Residents left disappointed after SNP block move to improve safety in Lauder Road/Kippielaw area.

 

Critical Care: Johnstone urges action on night time discharges

Alison Johnstone MSP, the Scottish Greens' health spokesperson, today urged the Scottish Government to address areas of concern highlighted by an audit into Critical Care in hospitals.

 

By election candidates announced

Six candidates will stand for election for the Midlothian West council ward on Thursday 10 September

 

Midlothian dad backs Queen Margaret Children’s University

Robert Wilson, a parent from Dalkeith in Midlothian, has become one of the Queen Margaret Children’s University’s most enthusiastic supporters.

 

Uncertainity over Newbattle Community High School funding

Uncertainty remains following a review of the funding for Newbattle Community High School. However, funding is confirmed for the replacement primary schools for Paradykes and Roslin.

 

A jam-packed programme of family entertainment for Midfest 2015

Midlothian’s popular Midfest festival promises to be bigger and brighter in 2015, with a colourful and entertaining programme of events, sure to suit every age and taste.

 

‘No Cold Calling Zones’ aim to deter rogue traders

Two areas of Penicuik have been designated as ‘No Cold Calling Zones’ in a bid to deter rogue traders, bogus workmen and other nuisance callers.

 

New Bill risks unintended consequences for local business owners

Gordon Henderson, Federation of Small Businesses, discusses the impact a new Lobbying Bill introduced into the Scottish Parliament could have on small businesses.

 

Johnstone urges extra effort to reduce wait times

Alison Johnstone MSP, the Scottish Greens' health spokesperson, is urging extra effort by Scottish ministers and health boards to make sure patients get the care they need as quickly as possible.

 

Edinburgh Foodies Festival – Competition

Win a pair of tickets to the Edinburgh Foodies Festival.
 
The flagship event returns to Edinburgh Inverleith Park 7th - 9th August, celebrating its 10th anniversary with a three-day showcase of Scotland’s finest culinary talents and regional produce as part of the Year of Food and Drink Scotland.

 

FSB highlights Channel crossing concerns

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has written to the Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell MP urging action to resolve the difficulties Scottish exporters are facing at the Channel crossings.

 

Christine Grahame MSP – My Summer Tour

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, writes her regular column for Midlothian View .

 

Bike Safe in the Borders and Midlothian

On Saturday and Sunday, officers on foot, in cars and on motorbikes will be carrying out dedicated patrols along with mobile units from the Lothian and Borders Safety Camera Partnership, on key roads through the area

 

Audit Scotland must Investigate

Scottish Labour say Audit Scotland must investigate what has gone wrong on the SNP government's watch

 

Special steam services on the Borders Railway

Tickets are now on sale for the much-anticipated steam train journeys on the new Borders Railway line. They will begin on 10 September.

 

Midstock Festival Line Up Confirmed

The line up for this year’s Midstock Festival that takes place on Saturday 12 September at Dalkeith Country Park, Midlothian, has been announced. Headlining the event will be The Fratellis.

 

Free care for children aged 2

Parents and carers of children aged two could be eligible for up to 600 hours of free early learning and childcare.

 

Borders Railway Fare Information

Fare information is now available for the Borders Railway line which opens to the public on 6th September 2015, running between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank.

 

Neighbourhood plan for Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and Poltonhall

A neighbourhood plan has been launched for the Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and Poltonhall areas of Midlothian.

 

Security Mark your bicycle free of charge

Police Scotland are offering cyclists across Midlothian the opportunity to security mark their bicycles free of charge.

 

Lobbying laws risk narrowing public debate

Plans to create a ‘lobbyist’ register risk discouraging business from taking part in public policy debate, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned.

 

Aldi discuss their plans for their new Bonnyrigg Eskbank store

Aldi invited local community groups to view their proposals to bring a new Aldi foodstore to the current site of the Mayshade Garden Centre at the Bonnyrigg/Eskbank A7 roundabout.

 

Alison Johnstone gives Midlothian View her view of the MLDP

The Scottish Green MSP for Lothian tells Midlothian View what she thinks of the Midlothian Local Development Plan

 

Walk to Remember in Dalkeith Country Estate

Take an evening hike this summer to remember someone close to you and raise money to care for more people living with a terminal illness.

 

Willie Rennie’s Patients Survey

Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, wants to hear the views of the people of Midlothian on local GP services.

 

Midlothian parks awards success

Roslin Glen, Springfield Mill, King's Park and Vogrie Country Park have been presented with a prestigious Green Flag Award this year in recognition of their high standards and quality outdoor space.

 

Free Barbecue – Churches of Dalkeith

The Churches of Dalkeith invite everyone to a Free Barbecue in King's Park Dalkeith. 12 noon - 2pm, Wednesday to Saturday, 22nd-25th July.

 

Dalkeith Hub community workshop discussion

An open meeting for the community was held in early July to discuss the Dalkeith Community Hub. Read here to find out what was discussed.

 

Johnstone welcomes call for bold action

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, is welcoming the call from charities including Barnardo's and Children 1st for co-operation across the political spectrum to bring about flexible childcare.

 

Midlothian Green Party Candidate Chosen

Midlothian Green Party has chosen Loanhead resident and community activist Daya Feldwick as their candidate in the forthcoming Midlothian West by-election.

 

MSP Welcomes New NHS Organ Donor Register Launch

A new, updated version of the NHS Organ Donor Register was officially launched across the UK last week, extending the choices a person has about their organ donation wishes.

 

Children’s University Graduation

54 school pupils from four schools across Midlothian gathered at Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, as part of the first Children’s University graduation ceremony for Midlothian schools.

 

The value of Scotland’s green spaces to be subject of Parliamentary debate

As a result of the campaigning by the Bonnyrigg Greenbelt Action Group there is to be a debate in the Scottish Parliament, which was called by Colin Beattie MSP.

 

Christine Grahame’s Column

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, writes her regular column for Midlothian View.

 

Kind and helpful volunteers wanted for Midlothian Families

Some parents in Midlothian and Edinburgh find family life a bit of a struggle. But you could help by becoming a fully trained volunteer with Home Link Family Support.

 

Dalkeith Hub – Community Workshop

Everyone is invited to take part in a community workshop on a Hub for Dalkeith at the Dalkeith Arts Centre from 6-8pm on Thursday 2nd of July, hosted jointly by the Community Councils of Dalkeith & District and Eskbank & Newbattle.

 

Fort Kinnaird to become an island of the Crown in Scotland

Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s Devolution committee, today pressed Scottish Secretary David Mundell on the UK Conservative Government’s plans to resist devolving control of Fort Kinnaird retail park in Edinburgh.

 

Time to face facts on Police reforms

Willie Rennie's latest blog post on reports that people have been forced to wait 11 minutes for police calls to be answered

 

Successful New Diabetes Care Programme in Midlothian

SNP MSP Colin Beattie has welcomed the success of a new trial programme which has seen dramatic changes in the care of patients who have diabetes.

 

New council leader for Midlothian

Councillor Catherine Johnstone has been elected as the new leader of Midlothian Council following Councillor Owen Thompson’s resignation.

 

FSB Quarterly Index: Small business confidence grows but a third of firms warn about skills

The availability of skilled staff is a worry for one in three Scottish small businesses, according to the latest FSB Small Business Index.

 

Local Plan risks Midlothian turning into an extension of suburban Edinburgh

Midlothian Greens have condemned the Proposed Midlothian Local Development Plan (MLDP) as totally lacking in sustainability, and risking turning Midlothian into a suburb of Edinburgh.

 

Rennie slams SNP for jumping the gun on ID database plans

Scottish Liberal Democrats have accused SNP ministers of jumping the gun after it emerged proposals for two new identity databases have been put out to tender – before they have been approved by parliament.

 

MLCP Produce Objection Letters

The Midlothian Landscape and Communities Protection Group (MLCP) have produced two objection letters with the intention that the people in Midlothian download them and send them to Midlothian Council to object to the Midlothian Local Development Plan (MLDP)

 

First Minister meets Midlothian grandparents in Parliament

A group of Midlothian grandparents and kinship carers were introduced to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon by local MSP Christine Grahame last Thursday.

 

Cuiken Primary at Parliament

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame welcomed P5/P6 pupils from Cuiken Primary in Penicuik to Parliament last Wednesday

 

Midlothian Food and Drink Awards 2015

Winners of the Midlothian Food and Drink Awards 2015 announced

 

Tourism audit highlights opportunities and challenges for businesses

A tourism destination audit has highlighted almost 30 tourism business development opportunities connected to the opening of the Borders Railway.

 

Public Meeting Monday 8th June

Public Meeting organised to discuss the Midlothian Local Development Plan on Monday 8th June, 7pm to 9:30pm at the Dalkeith Miners Welfare Club.
Councillors invited to hear your views

 

Cyclists welcome at Paper Mill

The Paper Mill restaurant in Lasswade has become the first restaurant in the Edinburgh & Lothians area to gain the Cyclists Welcome Award from Visit Scotland

 

Local MSP applauds Macsween on award

Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, congratulates Midlothian based company Macsween for receiving an award for their outstanding contribution to food and drink at the Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

 

Christine Grahame’s Column

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, is to write a regular column for Midlothian View. Here is the first one.

 

SNP action to mitigate the bedroom tax

SNP MSP Colin Beattie is highlighting new figures published this week which show the Scottish Government’s action to mitigate against the Bedroom Tax in Midlothian and made clear that the SNP will abolish the Bedroom Tax for good as soon as the powers are delivered to the Scottish Parliament.

 

FSB responds to the Queen’s Speech

The FSB comment on the Queen's speech particularly the Scotland Bill “ It will be critical to small businesses in Scotland that parliament get right the legislation that turns the Smith agreement into law."

 

FSB Warning: Mountain to climb to reach government visitor target

The Federation of Small Businesses warning over the government target of increasing visitor spending to £5.5 billion by 2020.

 

MSP Calls for Urgent Dalkeith Parking Review

Colin Beattie MSP, Midlothian North & Musselburgh, has written to Midlothian Council expressing his concern at the parking situation in Dalkeith and asking for a review of current parking arrangements across the whole town.

 
Borders Railway

Business case for the railway rock solid

A large audience of business owners in Midlothian gathered at the Mining Museum this morning for a breakfast briefing about the Borders Railway.

 

New smart meter initiative by Smart Energy GB

Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, today welcomed the roll-out of a new smart meter initiative by Smart Energy GB.

 

Group formed to challenge the Midlothian Local Development Plan

Concerned people across Midlothian have formed a community group to challenge the Midlothian Local Development Plan which is now out for public consultation

 

Major Film & TV Studio for Scotland Planning Application Submitted

PSL Land Ltd (PSLL) confirmed today that an application has been lodged for planning permission in principle for the unique mixed-use Studio development site at Straiton, near Edinburgh, with Midlothian Council.

 

Insureness – Bespoke Insurance Solutions

No two businesses are alike so you can’t expect to find an off-the-peg insurance policy that gives you the complete protection you need

 

Youths set fire to trees

Youths set fire to trees at Waterfall Walk, Dalkeith and on the neighbouring Newbattle Golf Course. There have been recent youth problems in that area and Police Scotland urge residents to contact local police in the event of youth disorder. Local police will conduct patrols in the area.

 

Midlothian Businesses may start slipping down the Google Ranking

From today, Tuesday 21st April, Google has updated the algorithm it uses for search in favour of websites that work well on mobile devices.

 

City Deal must move focus from Edinburgh, say Greens

Ian Baxter, Scottish Green candidate for Midlothian in next month’s General Election, is calling on the UK and Scottish Governments and Midlothian Council to work closely to ensure all of Lothian region and not just Edinburgh benefits from the proposed City Deal.

 

Pasda – Supporting families of Adults with Autism

Pasda provides practical and emotional support to parents, partners and siblings of adults (16+) with Autism Spectrum Conditions across Edinburgh and the Lothians

 

Ryze Edinburgh to Reopen

Scotland’s largest trampoline park is set to reopen to jumpers in time for the Easter weekend.

 

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Targets Billion Pound Boost

A partnership of local authorities is aiming to win a £1bn city deal, under ambitious plans just announced

 

‘Council should call time on Cauldhall Mine Application’ says opposition group

With the announcement this week that Longannet power station is to close next year, opponents of the Cauldhall opencast mine have called on Midlothian Council to have the application withdrawn.

 
Newbattle High School

Newbattle Community High School

Work will begin on site as quickly as possible to build the replacement for Newbattle Community High School. This will be as soon as circumstances beyond the council's control are resolved.

 

Midlothian Local Development Plan and its effect on Local Communities

It’s time for communities to get angry and be heard, so said Colin Beattie MSP at a meeting to discuss the Midlothian Local Development Plan.

 

Appeal for witnesses after 11 year old offered substance in Bonnyrigg

The incident happened around 6pm on Saturday 21 March in King George V Park when two unknown teenagers offered an 11-year-old boy what they claimed to be a sweet.

 

Dalkeith Community Hub for All

Public asked to take a lead in developing ideas, concepts and a practical way forward to give our County Town facilities worthy of its importance to Midlothian.

 

Local MSP Applauds Midlothian’s Men’s shed

The Men’s Shed concept began in Australia over 10 years ago, where the motto became: ‘Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder.’

 

Eclipse from King’s Park School

Midlothian View was in King's Park to watch the eclipse and take these photos. You could see and hear the excitement of the children of King's Park primary school as they all came out to watch this very rare event.

 
Lasswade Library Parliament Debate

Local MSP leads debate on importance of libraries

Colin Beattie MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh lead the debate on the importance of libraries at The Scottish Parliament

 
Legal Highs Dalkeith High Street

Petition to get legal highs off Dalkeith High Street

Angered that legal highs are on sale on Dalkeith High Street local campaigners have launched a petition. The campaign has been backed by prospective Labour MP Kenny Young.

 
Kenny Young - Labour

Labour’s general election candidate selected

Kenny Young will stand as the Labour party's Midothian candidate at the general election

 
Colin Beattie MSP

Funding for Youth Employment hailed

The announcement of further funding for Midlothian Council to deliver programmes that support young people into a job today has been hailed as a move to build on the strong progress Scotland is already making.

 
Scottish Liberal Democrats

Super ID Database Blow

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has said that the SNP’s super ID database case has been dealt a devastating blow by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office

 
Scottish Youth Parliament

Voting Open for the Scottish Youth Parliament

Voting is open in the two Midlothian constituencies and across Scotland for the Scottish Youth Parliament

 
Home Safety Visit

Local Residents urged to arrange a free home fire safety visit

“One death from fire is one too many and I would encourage everyone to arrange their free Home Fire Safety Visit today.” Colin Beattie MSP

 
Super 5s Pre-Season Scottish Cup Headline

Football 4s and Super 5s Pre-Season

All across the county final preparations are being made for the start of the season. On Saturday teams from Penicuik Athletic and Bonnyrigg Rose who were training at Soccer City in Mayfield got an unexpected surprise when they got to have their photographs taken with the Scottish Cup.

 
Borders Railway

Rail Watch Scotland project for Borders Railway

As the opening of the Borders Railway approaches you are invited to join Rail Watch Scotland to report suspicious behaviour near or on the railway.

 
Concessionary Bus Travel

MSP Welcomes new figures showing success of concessionary Travel Scheme

New research shows that a total of 21,234 people in Midlothian are benefiting from concessionary bus travel

 
Scottish Water Ice Danger Warning

Be safe around frozen water

After a recent incident in Bonnyrigg in which two boys fell into freezing water Scottish Water and Midlothian Council issue a reminder about the danger of frozen water.

 
FSB Home Based Scottish Business

Half of all Scottish businesses are based at home

A new Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) report reveals home based Scottish businesses sustain around one in five private sector jobs and turn over £19.7 billion a year

 
Newbattle High School

Newbattle Community High School Building Delay

Building of new High School delayed by European ruling

 
B&M Dalkeith

Dalkeith shop fined for exposing staff to asbestos

Liverpool based retail firm B&M Retail Ltd have been fined £5,300 on Friday 31 January for breach of health and safety regulations at their Dalkeith store.

 
Missing Penicuik Lady facebook

Missing Penicuik Woman found via Facebook

A remarkable piece of good fortune meant a missing woman was found on a freezing night

 
David Hamilton announces he is standing down

Midlothian’s MP standing down

Midlothian Labour MP David Hamilton has announced that he will stand down at the general election in May.

 
Bonnyrigg Rose Legacy Award

Bonnyrigg Rose Football Sports Club achieves highest level SFA award

Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club has been awarded the Legacy Quality Mark Award by the Scottish Football Association.

 
Ian Baxter

Councillor to stand for Greens in Westminster Election

Midlothian Green Party has announced that Midlothian Councillor Ian Baxter has been selected to contest the Midlothian constituency at the Westminster election in May.

 
General Election Scotland 2015

General Election 2015

The General Election will take place Thursday 7th May 2015. Start the discussion here.

 
Aerial Photo of Sheriffhall

MSP expresses concern over Sheriffhall Roundabout

Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, has expressed concern at the progress being made over improvements at the Sheriffhall Roundabout.

 
Trading Standards and Citizen Advice

Warning about Scams

Trading Standards Institute and Citizens Advice have published information regarding Scams. Please spread the information as widely as possible and help us prevent others becoming victims of these fraudsters who often target the vulnerable in our communities.

 
Santa comes to Bonnyrigg Rose

Santa visits the Rose’s Academy

The players at Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy had a very special guest. Santa interrupted his busy schedule to visit the Bonnyrigg Rose Social Club where the Bonnyrigg Rose 2007s and 2008s were holding their Christmas party.

 
Midlothian Map

Write the News

Is there a news item from the Midlothian area that you would like to see? Then write it up, ideally send a photograph or picture with it and send it to info@pigeonpenguin.com and we will look to publish it.

 
Ballingry Rovers

Ballingry Rovers fold

The Fife club has folded after a tax bill meant they could no longer continue after 62 years.

 
Kenny Young - Labour

Midlothian East by-election result – Labour win

Labour have retained their seat after Kenny Young won the Midlothian East by-election. The by-election was held after Councillor Peter Boyes stepped down earlier this year due to ill health.

 

 
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