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Record improvements in Exam Results

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

 
Sheriffhall Roundabout from old A68

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.

 
Midlothian Play

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.

 
Edinburgh City Deal

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

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 Disaster Memorial

Lockerbie bomb appeal welcomed

Christine Grahame MSP welcomes SCCRC appeal by Megrahi family

 
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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.

 
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Budget shortfall Action

Council plans major savings programme to meet budget shortfall

 
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Election View

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

 
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Sexism row at the council

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

 
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School leavers positive destinations

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

 
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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

 
Kings Park Flower Beds Grassed Over

Flower beds grassed over

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

 
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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.

 
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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 MP Danielle Rowley

Midlothian’s new MP

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

 
Danielle Rowley Scottish Labour Midlothian

Meet your Labour Candidate

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

 
Edinburgh City Deal

Communication by media leaks not the right strategy

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

 
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Alert all pensioners

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column in Midlothian View.

 
Chris Donnelly Midlothian Conservatives

Meet your Conservative candidate

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

 
Alison Johnstone Green Party Lothian MSP

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.

 
Chris Donnelly Conservatives Midlothian Leadburn

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.

 
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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.

 
Adam Montgomery Provost

New Provost elected

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

 
Ross Laird Lib Dems GE17

Meet your Lib Dem Candidate

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

 
Vogrie Garden Centre

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.

 
Stewart Brewing Radical Road

Radical Road success for Stewart Brewing

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

 
Midlothian Secondary Schools Art Exhibition

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 Railway Station

Newtongrange masterplanning team appointed

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

 
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MSP welcomes intervention in college strikes

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

 
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Midlothian Green Party Statement on Snap General Election

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

 
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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.

 
Ross Laird Lib Dems GE17

Lib Dems Midlothian Candidate

Lib Dems announce Ross Laird as their Midlothian General Election candidate

 
GE17 Election stalls Jarnac Court

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.

 
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SNP activists reported to Police

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

 
Christine Grahame Sheriffhall Roundabout

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.

 
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Support for the bereaved

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

 
Battle event

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.

 
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Labour set to form minority administration

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

 
Burnbrae Primary consulation

Burnbrae consultation launched

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

 
St Mary's Primary

St Mary’s consultation launched

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

 
Owen Thompson SNP GE17

SNP launch Midlothian General Election campaign

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

 
Conservative Councillors

Conservatives win 5 in Midlothian

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

 
Midlothian South Candidates

Midlothian South Candidates

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

 
Midlothian East Candidates

Midlothian East Ward Candidates

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

 
Midlothian West Candidates

Midlothian West Candidates

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

 
Dalkeith Candidates

Dalkeith Ward Candidates

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

 
Bonnyrigg Candidates

Bonnyrigg Ward Candidates

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

 
Penicuik Candidates Local Election 2017

Penicuik Ward Candidates

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

 
How To Vote Local Election Headline

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 Old Dalkeith Road

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

 
LS17 Winner

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.

 
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Lively debate at Newbattle Hustings

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

 
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Gorebridge Community Trust leading the way at Parliament

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

 
Robert Hogg and Jason Ferry Independent Candidates

Independent Candidates

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

 
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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 Conservatives Midlothian

Chris Donnelly for Conservatives

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

 
Newbattle Abbey College Election Hustings

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.

 
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Liberal Democrat Candidates

Meet the Liberal Democrats standing in the local elections

 
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Local Council Election Hustings

Midlothian East candidates take part in an informative election hustings.

 
Gordon Henderson FSB

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.

 
Midlothians Secret

Share Midlothian’s secret

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

 
Edinburgh Airport Flight Path Plans

Airport Flight Path Plans

Green MSP joins communities to stop airport flight path plan.

 
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“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.

 
Restoration Yard

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.

 
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Owen Thompson shocked at election announcement

Midlothian MP gives his reaction to the General Election announcement

 
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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

 
Midlothian Labour Candidates

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 Candidates

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

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 2017

Midlothian Heritage Week

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

 
Paul Green GUKPT Winner

Dalkeith poker winner

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

 
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Powering Communities campaign

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

 
Stewart Brewing

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 to improve

Borders Railway could go further

Study to consider extension to the Borders Railway.

 
Midlothian Council Tax Letter

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

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

Bank of Scotland branch closures

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

 
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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 bypass chosen option

Sheriffhall option finally revealed

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

 
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When Echoes Don’t Come Back

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

 
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Cycling with the Tartan Explorer

Bid Specialists to cycle alongside Josh Quigley, The Tartan Explorer

 
Karen and Carol

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament Main

Attack at Westminster

Christine Grahame MSP reflects on the attack in Westminster.

 
Midlothian Council Fairfield House Main

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.

 
Art Club Business

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.

 
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First Bus withdraws from Midlothian

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

 
David Dunn Unveiling

David Dunn Fitness trails opens

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

 
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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.

 
Midlothian Council Fairfield House Main

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.

 
Stobhill School Recycling

Recycling message for all in new recycling video

Stobhill pupils take starring roles in new recycling campaign

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament Main

Railway, Labour and Tam Dalyell

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

 
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The Lady Vic has some new apprentices

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

 
Midlothian Labour Candidates

Labour council election candidates

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

 
Kind of Seeing

Midlothian Libraries present: ‘A Kind of Seeing’

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

 
Alison Johnstone Green Party Lothian MSP

Greens press for young carers allowance

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

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber 2016

MSPs welcome business rates relief announcement

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

 
Newtongrange Station

First stage of plan to revitalise Newtongrange

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

 
Newbattle High School

Newbattle to become Centre for Excellence

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

 
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Dalkeith Town Centre nominated

Dalkeith Town Centre Heritage Regeneration nominated for prestigious planning industry award

 
Eat Midlothian Big Grans Curry

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
Ross Laird Liberal Democrats Midlothian

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.

 
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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.

 
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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

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 Primary

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.

 
Danderhall Primary

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.

 
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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.

 
Soldier Medals

Awards for Valour Protection

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

 
Ian Baxter Councillor Main

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.

 
Rachel Hamilton MSP

Tourism – My view

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

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber 2016

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament Main

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.

 
PHIL WILKINSON

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.

 
Bishops Move Button Box

Bishop’s Move assist The Button Box

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

 
Kings Park School Sport Award

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.

 
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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.

 
Borders Railway to improve

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.

 
Developing Young Workforce

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.

 
Lothian 49 Bus in Dalkeith

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.

 
Miller Homes Lady Victoria Grange

Construction traffic not welcome

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

 
Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones are teaching the Lothians to swim

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

 
COLIN BEATTIE MSP SUPPORTS CALL TO SCALE DOWN CANCER

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.

 
Ian Algie

Photo of the week

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

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament Main

Brexit, Army Wives and Trump

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

 
Gore Glen Bing Danger Sign

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.

 
Burns Monument Piper

Dalkeith has a Burns Monument

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

 
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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

 
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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.

 
FSB - Federation of Small Businesses

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.

 
Clydesdale Bank Branch Dalkeith

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.

 
Alison Johnstone Green Party Lothian MSP

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.

 
Midlothian Council Fairfield House Main

Have your say on local funding

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

 
Nuisance Calls

Council Warn of Telephone Scam

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

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber 2016

Local MSP highlights work of Newbattle High School

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

 
Glencorse Barracks

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.

 
Aldi Plans at Mayshade Site

Doubt over Aldi Bonnyrigg plans

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

 
Duncan Murray

Debut record by Midlothian artist

Dalkeith based musician Duncan Murray releases debut EP Power of Suggestion

 
Midlothian Tourism Booming

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 near Tesco

Retail unit planning rejected

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

 
Gordon Henderson FSB

Small Business New Year message

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

 
Trainer Tracy Griffen’s Healthy Living Yearbook

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament Main

Christmas Past Present and Future

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

 
Sheriffhall Roundabout from old A68

Survey launched on transport

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

 
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School attainment rises again

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

 
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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.

 
Midlothian Council Webcast

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.

 
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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.

 
Walk to school

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 Bonnyrigg

The Greedy Fox opens

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

 
Leadburn Inn

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.

 
Fairtrade Footballs

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.

 
NWH Christmas Competition

Get 20% off at Edinburgh’s Winter Wonderland

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

 
Waste Treatment Plant Edinburgh Midlothian

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.

 
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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

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
ONS Gender Pay Gap

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.

 
Organ Donation Scotland

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.

 
Andy Wightman Green MSP

Wightman to propose fiscal framework for local government

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

 
Trainer Tracy Griffen’s Healthy Living Yearbook

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 Xmas Appeal

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.

 
Police Scotland

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.

 
Developing Young Workforce

DYW celebrate the region’s achievements in 2016

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

 
Nuisance Calls

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.

 
Pauline Marr

Inspirational words from Primary Head

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

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament Main

“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

Happy Days for Happy Days

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

 
Black Taxi

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.

 
Trainer Tracy Griffen’s Healthy Living Yearbook

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.

 
AM Bid Services

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.

 
Gore Glen 4

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.

 
John Ferry Liberal Democrat Chair

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.

 
Rosslyn Chapel

Tourism boosts Midlothian economy

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

 
Easter Bush

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.

 
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Get Nominating!

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

 
Tyne Esk Leader

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 Xmas Children Charities

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.

 
Amazon Black Friday

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.

 
Owen Thompson Xmas Card

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.

 
Newtongrange Station

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 Christmas Competition

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

 
Kenny Young

Councillor Young decides not to stand again

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

 
funeral poverty

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.

 
Glencorse Barracks

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.

 
Councillor Peter De Vink

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.

 
Borders Railway to improve

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.

 
AM-Bid-Services-Ltd

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.

 
Poppy Scotland memorials

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.

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber 2016

MoD basing reforms

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

 
Lothian MSPs Clash

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.

 
Penicuik Cycling

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.

 
Glencorse Barracks

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’.

 
Daya Feldwick Greens Midlothian West

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.

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber 2016

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

 
Alison Johnstone Green Party Lothian MSP

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.

 
Michael Fallon

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
City Access Scafolding Boroughmuir high school

Midlothian scaffolding firm builds a reputation for innovation

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

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber 2016

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.

 
Borders Railway Track

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.

 
bonnyrigg medical practice

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

 
Andy Wightman Green MSP

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament Main

It’s called guising!

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

 
Get Ready for Winter

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.

 
Midlothian Council Fairfield House Main

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.

 
Colin Beattie MSP GRFW

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.

 
Provost Joe Wallace presents Jack Davidson with award

Evergreen Gardener Wins Competition

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

 
Usher Hall 2016

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.

 
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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

 
Cauldhall Opencast Mine

Opencast mine not going ahead

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

 
SESPlan

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.

 
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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.

 
Gordon Henderson FSB

Small business confidence takes a knock

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

 
Red Telephone Box

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

 
Dalkeith - Jarnac Court

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.

 
Scott Quinn

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.

 
Rosebank House Roslin c 1910

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.

 
Hate Crime Week Signing Pledge

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.

 
Ian Baxter Councillor Bonnyrigg Ward Midlothian

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 Roundabout from East

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.

 
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Northern Lights

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

 
Midlothian Council Webcast headline

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.

 
Colin Beattie MSP

Midlothian MSP to chair commission

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

 
Joe Wallace Midlothian Provost

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.

 
Jim Telfer with Family Cows Headline

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 Fairfield House

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.

 
Joe Wallace Midlothian Provost

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.

 
Webcasting Midlothian Headline

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

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.

 
Penicuik mosaic headline

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.

 
Police Motorcycle in Borders

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.

 
Dalkeith CAB at 50

Celebrating 50 years of advice

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

 
Midlothian Greens - green-on-white

“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.

 
Colin Beattie MSP

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.

 
Colin Beattie wears it pink

MSP is pretty in pink

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

 
Brexit

Local MSP demands Tory Brexit climate clarity

"Unacceptable" to see environmental protections rolled back.

 
Midlothian School Consultation Headline

High School and Feeder School Consultations

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

 
Owen Thompson Debate

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.

 
Margo MacDonald headline

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.

 
Alison Johnstone

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.

 
Owen Thompson Midlothian MP Profile

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

 
Dalkeith Corn Exchange

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

One Dalkeith Guerilla Gardening

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

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

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.

 
Midlothian Council Fairfield House

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.

 
Brexit

Public Meeting Post Brexit

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

 
Bilston School

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.

 
Derciminalised Parking Midlothian Council Headline

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.

 
Midlothian Council Fairfield House

Council take stance on xenophobia and hate crime

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

 
Melville Road Bridge Damage 3

Melville road update

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

 
Borders Railway Hop On Hop Off

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.

 
Willie Rennie Brexit implications headline

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.

 
Charity Scam headline

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.

 
Dalkeith High School Headline

Midlothian Exam Results show Improvement in Attainment

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

 
Bowel screening headline

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

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

 
Dalkeith - Jarnac Court

Man charged with bogus workman offences in Dalkeith

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

 
Bonnyrigg High Street

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

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.

 
Police Motorcycle in Borders

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament Main

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 Fort Douglas adventure playground

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.

 
sainsburys

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.

 
Midlothian Council Fairfield House

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.

 
Derek Milligan

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.

 
Community Hospital Garden

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.

 
Midlothian Council Fairfield House

Does Equality Matter to you?

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

 
Scottish Mining Museum Headline

Council Funds Mining Museum

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

 
Sheriffhall Roundabout from East

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.

 
Derek Milligan

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.

 
Owen Thompson Debate

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.

 
Midlothian Council Fairfield House

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.

 
Ironmills Park Council Meeting headline

Steps to Ironmills Park to be repaired

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

 
King's Park Illegally Parked Cars

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 Bridge Damage Headline

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.

 
Midlothian Schools in two day February break

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 Fairfield House

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

Flower of Scotland

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

 
WASPI Women headline

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 Council Meeting headline

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 Damage Headline

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.

 
Dalkeith High School Headline

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.

 
Midlothian Community Hospital - Headline

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.

 
Colin Beattie MSP

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.

 
Jo Cox Headline

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.

 
Borders Railway Countryside Headline

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.

 
Ballot Box

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.

 
Aberfeldy - headline

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.

 
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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.

 
Colin Beattie MSP supporting Volunteer Scotland

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

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

3 Harbours Arts Festival 2016

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

 
Dementia awareness week 2016

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 Recycling Success

Food waste recycling success

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

 
Delta Air Lines

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.

 
Midlothian Council

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.

 
Jeremy Balfour MSP

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.

 
Jeremy Balfour MSP

Midlothian has had a Unionist elected to a Parliament

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

 
STEM success

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 in Penicuik Headline

Housing project for people with learning disabilities

Building work commences on innovative housing project in Penicuik.

 
Scottish Mining Museum Headline

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.

 
Midstock

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.

 
Bernard Harkins

Election Reflections 2016 from Scotland

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

 
Dalkeith High School Headline

Progress made in raising attainment

Young people in Midlothian are performing better at secondary school.

 
Alison Johnstone

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.

 
One Dalkeith

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.

 
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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.

 
Equality Strathesk Primary

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 Midlothian Headline

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

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.

 
Bernard Harkins

Message from Bernard Harkins

Labour Candidate offers his congratulations to those elected

 
Polling Station

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.

 
Ballot Box

How does the Regional List work?

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

 
Winners Higher Design and Manufacture Headline

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.

 
Midlothian South Tweedale  and Lauderdale Candidates

Meet the Candidates Midlothian South Listen Again

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

 
Midlothian North and Musselburgh Candidates

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

 
Dobbies Garden Centre Lasswade

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

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

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.

 
Hotel Hillend

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

 
Black Diamond FM

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.

 
Midlothian North and Musselburgh Candidates

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.

 
Midlothian South Tweedale  and Lauderdale Candidates

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.

 
Rosewell Road looking towards Poltonhall

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.

 
Dalkeith - Jarnac Court

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.

 
Midlothian Hop on Hop off bus

Jump aboard the new hop on, hop off Midlothian Explorer

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

 
Dalkeith High School Headline

Update on Midlothian School estate inspections

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

 
Bernard Harkins

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

On the Campaign Trail

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

 
Dalkeith High School Headline

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.

 
CALA Development Broomieknowe Golf Club

Restoring local democracy

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

 
49 Bus Service Cut

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

 
Midlothian Greens - green-on-white

Green Party Tax Proposals

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

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

Election candidates confirmed

Scottish Parliamentary Elections candidates announced

 
Bernard Harkins

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.

 
St Johns and Kings park faith lift headline

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.

 
Kelly Parry Midlothian Councillor

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

 
Ian Baxter Councillor Bonnyrigg Ward Midlothian

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.

 
Jim Muirhead Midlothian Councillor

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 Fairfield House

Midlothian Council signs off its budget

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

 
Millerhill Depot

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.

 
Newbyres Crescent

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

 
NWH Scottish Apprentice Week

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.

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

Fracking at First Minister’s Questions

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

 
Pentland Film Studios Petition

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

 
Use Your Vote Launch MPs

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.

 
Kris Chapman Liberal Democrat Midlothian

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.

 
Greggs Loandhead Factory Closure

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 Opencast Mine Zombie

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

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 in Parliament

Christine Grahame MSP

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

 
Ironmills Steps Security

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 Opencast Mine Zombie

Cauldhall “Zombie” application

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

 
Crime under spotlight Midlothian

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 Jims Farm Event

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.

 
Police Scotland

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 Restaurant Dalkeith Open

Eskmills Cafe opens in glorious sunshine

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

 
Andrew Stoddart Tenant Farmer headline

£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.

 
Damhead illegally dumped waste protestors Headline

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 Harkins

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.

 
Gorebridge Primary Clean up After Your Dog

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.

 
Alison Johnstone

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.

 
Midlothian Schools in two day February break

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.

 
MidAid Midlothian Refugee Donations

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.

 
Joys of Fostering in Midlothian

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

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.

 
Borders Railway Hop On Hop Off

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.

 
Midlothian Council

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.

 
Eskmills Cafe Restaurant Dalkeith Headline

New Cafe-Restaurant for Dalkeith

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

 
Kings Park Police Illegal Parking

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.

 
Free Dog Microchipping

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.

 
Midlothian School Names Competition

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.

 
Owen Thompson Midlothian MP Profile

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.

 
Midlothian Council Fairfield House

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.

 
CALA Development Broomieknowe Golf Club

Bonnyrigg to be joined to Eskbank and Dalkeith

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

 
Battery-Dukosi

Lothian Science Park fosters growth for tenants

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

 
Burns Plaque Dalkeith - headline

‘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 in Parliament

Christine Grahame MSP

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

 
Nelson Mandela in Glasgow 1993 Headline

Anti-Apartheid exhibition comes to Midlothian

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

 
Leader Programme

£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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

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.

 
Lauder Road

£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.

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

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.

 
Owen Thompson Midlothian MP Profile

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.

 
SGN-Newtongrange-emergency-repairs-160111

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

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?

 
Fleming Building

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.

 
Damhead illegally dumped waste protestors Headline

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 Headline

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 Heading

Rosewell Development Trust Ceilidh

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

 
Save Jim's Farm Headline

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.

 
Midlothian Community Hospital - Headline

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.

 
Greens Paris Agreement

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.

 
Gritter

Snow Forecast

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

 
MLCP Headline 322

Planning decisions made

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

 
Midlothian Council

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.

 
SGN-Newtongrange-emergency-repairs-160111

Update on Newtongrange gas main repair

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

 
Bridges 2 Schools project web

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.

 
Bernard Harkins

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

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.

 
Midlothian West Ward - Loanhead

Schools’ catchments report published

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

 
Alison Johnstone

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".

 
Scottish Football Fans Right to Buy

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.

 
Newtongrange Gas Main Headline

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

 
Newtongrange Gas Main Headline

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

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.

 
Catherine Johnstone

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

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.

 
Pentland Film Studios Petition

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 Paris Agreement

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.

 
FakeStamp

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.

 
Alison Johnsone cycling

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.

 
Civic Trees Van Forth Bridge

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 in Parliament

Christine Grahame MSP

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

 
Matin Khan Midlothian Bangladeshi Restaurateur

Immigration Laws threaten Bangladeshi Restaurants

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

 
Newbattle High School Video

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

 
Newbattle Community High School

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.

 
Andrew Stoddart Tenant Farmer headline

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 find Chris Nelson

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.

 
Sheriffhall Roundabout from East

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 Headline

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.

 
Chris Nelson Missing in Amsterdam Headline

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.

 
Book Week Scotland

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.

 
Aye Midlothian

Owen Thompson says ‘Aye’ to refugees

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

 
Cold Calling scam boiler

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.

 
Carers Rights Day

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

 
Midlothian Council tenants garden competition headline

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 Missing in Amsterdam Headline

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.

 
Penicuik High Headline

Food education pilot reaping rewards

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

 
Usher Hall 2015 Headline

Midlothian Schools excel at Usher Hall

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

 
Dalkeith Arts Exhibition Headline

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.

 
Dalkeith - Jarnac Court

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.

 
Derek Rosie in front of Agripa panel

Food waste recycling service on its way

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

 
FloraShedden Headline

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

 
Colin Beattie TUBill

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

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.

 
Ready for Winter

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.

 
TTIP

Midlothian Council adopts strong anti-TTIP Motion

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

 
Syria Destruction

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.

 
Midlothian Council

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 Council

Midlothian agrees to resettle around 40 refugees over five years

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

 
Alison Johnstone

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 Bonfire

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

 
Ryze photo

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 in Parliament

Christine Grahame MSP

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

 
One Dalkeith Public Meeting Headline

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.

 
MLDP - Arniston

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.

 
Midlothian Council

Have your say on licensing overprovision

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

 
carrier bags

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 National Library

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.

 
Alison Johnstone

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

 
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.

 
Alison Johnstone

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 Hook a Duck

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.

 
Owen Thompson Midlothian MP Profile

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

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 Fund

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.

 
Owen Thompson MP

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.

 
Dalkeith - Jarnac Court

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.

 
Legal Highs Prosecution

Call for prosecution on legal highs

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

 
Midlothian Greens

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.

 
Midlothian Council

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 in Parliament

Christine Grahame MSP

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

 
Gorebridge sod cutting with Jim Cassidy

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.

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

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.

 
Willie Rennie Video

Video Message from Willie Rennie

Midlothian View has been sent this video from Willie Rennie

 
Midlothian Council

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.

 
Alison Johnstone

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.

 
Lauder Road

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.

 
Festival of Friendship 2015

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.

 
Newbattle Viaduct

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.

 
Alison Johnstone

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.

 
Federation of Small Businesses

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.

 
Cancer Awareness Month

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.

 
Midlothian Council

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.

 
John Ferry Liberal Democrat

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.

 
Kelly Parry SNP

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 Xmas Edinburgh

Foodies Festival Christmas

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

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

Response to the Refugee Crisis

Christine Grahame gives her response to the refugee crisis

 
Midlothian Council

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

Fala Village Residents Petition Local MSP For Speed Limits

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

 
Midstock

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

 
Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament

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.

 
Federation of Small Businesses

FSB investigates UK digital communications market

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

 
Queen at Newtongrange

The Queen at Newtongrange Station

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

 
Matin Khan Itihaas

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

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

 
Cockenzie Power Station

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.

 
49 Bus Service Cut

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.

 
Colin Beattie MSP

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.

 
Pentland Hills Hotel

Green councillor asks Scottish Government to call in controversial hotel development

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

 
Alison Johnstone

Programme for Government: Green MSPs Respond

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

 
Borders Railway Steam Train

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.

 
Red Ensign

Merchant Navy Day

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

 
Hotel Hillend

Hotel given planning approval in Pentland Hills

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

 
Little Voices Big Stars

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.

 
Alison Johnstone

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 in Parliament

Christine Grahame MSP

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

 
Christine Grahame Endorsement

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.

 
Dalkeith Straight As Headline

First week back with 5 A Highers

Seven pupils from Dalkeith High School achieve five straight A Highers

 
Police Scotland

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

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

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.

 
Midlothian Council

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.

 
Scottish Lib Dems

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.

 
Midlothian Council

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).

 
Lauder Road

Council block move to install CCTV in Lauder Road

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

 
Alison Johnstone

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.

 
Midlothian West Ward - Loanhead

By election candidates announced

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

 
Robert Wilson Childrens University

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.

 
Newbattle Community High School

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.

 
FunBox Midfest 2015

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 Zone

‘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.

 
Gordon Henderson FSB Scotland

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.

 
Alison Johnstone

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 Foodie Festival Visitors - Headline

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.

 
Keltic Seafare

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 Summer Surgery Tour

Christine Grahame MSP – My Summer Tour

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

 
Live Fast Die Old - Headline

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

 
Scottish Labour

Audit Scotland must Investigate

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

 
Borders Railway Steam Train

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.

 
The Fratelllis

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.

 
Midlothian Council

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 Countryside Headline

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.

 
Bonnyrigg High Street

Neighbourhood plan for Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and Poltonhall

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

 
Police Scotland

Security Mark your bicycle free of charge

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

 
Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

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 Plans

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

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

 
Dalkeith Country Park Main House

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

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.

 
Kings Park

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 Kings Park

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 - Jarnac Court

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.

 
Alison Johnstone

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.

 
Daya Feldwick

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.

 
Colin Beattie MSP

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.

 
Childrens University

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.

 
Colin Beattie MSP

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 MSP Parliament Headline

Christine Grahame’s Column

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

 
Home Link Family Support

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 Headline

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

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.

 
Willie Rennie

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

 
Colin Beattie MSP Headline

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.

 
Catherine Johnstone

New council leader for Midlothian

Councillor Catherine Johnstone has been elected as the new leader of Midlothian Council following Councillor Owen Thompson’s resignation.

 
Federation of Small Businesses

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.

 
Midlothian Greens - green-on-white

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.

 
Willie Rennie

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 Developers Headline

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)

 
Grandparents meet Nicola Sturgeon Headline

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 visit Headline

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 & Drink Headline

Midlothian Food and Drink Awards 2015

Winners of the Midlothian Food and Drink Awards 2015 announced

 
Borders Railway Countryside Headline

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.

 
MLCP Headline

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

 
Papermill Headline

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

 
Macsweens Headline

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 MSP Parliament Headline

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.

 
Colin Beattie MSP Headline

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.

 
Federation of Small Businesses Headline

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 Tourism headline

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.

 
Parking Dalkeith Headline

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.

 
Smart Meter Initiative Headline

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.

 
MLCP Developers Headline

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

 
Pentland Film Studios Headline

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.

 
Colin Grant Insureness Headline

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

 
Police Scotland

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.

 
Google Mobile Friendly Headline

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.

 
Ian Baxter - Greens

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-logo

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

Ryze Edinburgh to Reopen

Scotland’s largest trampoline park is set to reopen to jumpers in time for the Easter weekend.

 
Midlothian Council

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

 
Cauldhall Opencast Mine Headline

‘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.

 
MLDP Panel Headline

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.

 
King George V Park Headline

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 Hub Headline

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.

 
Colin Beattie MSP at ML Men's Shed Headline

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.’

 
Kings Park Eclipse Headline

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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