Election candidates to take part in Midlothian View hustings

Candidates fighting to represent Midlothian at Westminster will face each other at a public hustings this week.

Parents of older children in East Lothian urged to ensure they know where they are, after concerns over anti-social behaviour.

Plans to build two new homes have been approved on appeal after developers revealed they would be planting nearly 2,000 new trees on the land.

Residents of Newtongrange’s Lothian Terrace marked 100 years since their homes were built with a good old-fashioned street party.

A new ‘school zone’ has launched at Dalry Primary School with a day of festivities to celebrate.

Families on low incomes in Midlothian are reminded they can apply for free school meals and clothing grants for the next school year 2024/25.

Colin Beattie MSP writes his monthly column for Midlothian View

Liam Thomson wins 'Overall Apprentice of the Year' at the ninth annual Scottish Print Apprentice of the Year awards.

The café has begun hosting live music events every Saturday night serving meals and drinks.

Two-thirds of people supported the plan a new report has revealed.

Two midlothian schools have entered the Keep Scotland Beautiful annual Pocket Garden Design Competition.

Bradan and Eilish completed their charity fundraiser in aid of their Auntie Tracy.

Midlothian Council held a public consultation regarding the proposed new development in Newtongrange.

Midlothian councillors are being asked to ban schools from demanding children wear uniforms with school logos on them.

Two people who suffered life changing injuries in crashes while not wearing a seatbelt have shared their harrowing ordeals as part of a national campaign to help save lives.

For the past ten years, I have been fighting to make Scotland a more free place to live in.

The county’s biggest town has seen a spate of youth-related problems from shoplifting and fire-raising.

A number of council homes in West Lothian could be sold after the council agreed changes to its buy back policy.

The number of homes broken into in East Lothian nearly doubled last year.

A letter from a Midlothian View reader.

Dozens of dead people were identified as still being on a council house waiting list with nearly 100 more holding blue badges during a fraud investigation.

A home owner has been warned to check for birds before replacing windows after planners spotted a nest on Google Maps during a check.

Newlands Tweeddale Trout Fishery near Gifford has enjoyed a really encouraging start since it re-opened in mid-May.

Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for Midlothian Keith Cockburn says new statistics revealing the number of potholes reported in Midlothian Council are "shocking".

Council leaders from across south-east Scotland are growing increasingly frustrated at delays to the upgrade of Sheriffhall roundabout.

The Midlothian General Election Hustings are taking place next week.

Scottish Furniture Makers Association annual exhibition returns with exciting line-up.

Re-engage, attempts to combat loneliness within the elderly through call and tea party services.

Lidl have launched a fresh fight to light up the signs on a Midlothian store 15 years after they were first rejected.

Four and a half thousand dogs are to converge on the region this weekend.

Adverts for cars, cruise holidays and other “high carbon products” could continue to appear on bus shelters across Edinburgh until 2030 despite a ban by the council.

UK Parliamentary Election Midlothian County Parliamentary Constituency Thursday 4 July 2024 Notice of Poll – Part 1

Residents in Midlothian are being offered help ensuring they have the proper ID to vote in next month’s general election.

Scottish Borders Council will consider a vote of no confidence in its former leader when members meet next week.

People power has led to an energy company scaling back plans for a new wind farm in the Borders.

Edinburgh’s Liberal Democrats have been slammed for handing out “fake newspapers."

An Edinburgh councillor has launched a blistering attack on Historic Environment Scotland.

An Edinburgh community youth project set up to help disadvantaged kids being targeted by criminal gangs.

Borders Wind Farm Watch is a cross-community initiative which monitors wind farm development in the region.

Council was forced to write-off debts amounting to £657k.

Scotland Against Modern Slavery to help Scottish businesses tackle modern slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.

Edinburgh Council is being urged to step in amid serious concerns over a dilapidated warehouse in Leith.

SNP candidate for Midlothian congratulates Midlothian Volunteers for successful Gala Days.

Local residents and the community council at Cockenzie have raised objections to the plans.

The National Mining Museum in Newtongrange played host to the Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar yesterday.

A new community campus on the site of a former primary school will bring together community and school facilities.

Concern over sewage “overflows” during heavy rainfall is growing amid increasing discharges.

A local women’s aid charity has been given the go ahead to move into a former children's nursery despite objections from neighbours.

This View has been written by Kirsty McNeill, Scottish Labour & Co-operative Candidate in the Midlothian Constituency.

Plans to move a support centre for vulnerable women and children into the home of a former nursery have sparked objections from local residents.

The authority is seeking a contractor to organise “night-time outdoor public projection mappings.”

We asked the other parties for their reaction and they have all been quick to respond.

Mayfield is one of 30 towns that the Conservatives have said they will give the money to.

Plans for a new family park in the East Lothian countryside have been recommended for refusal by planners over concerns about road safety.

Residents are being urged to make sure they have arrangements in place to vote, as a ceremony to mark the dissolution of the UK Parliament was held on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile today.

HcL working in partnership with SEAG have arrived at the Khmelnytskyi City Children's Rehabilitation Centre.

The A702 at Damhead near Hillend is restricted to a single lane controlled by temporary traffic lights.

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Eight East Lothian beaches are to be recognised this year with a Scotland’s Beach Award.

Consultants to help decide the uncertain future of the charitable trust that operates leisure, sport and cultural services in the Borders.

School attendance rates in Midlothian are higher than the national average but remain lower than they were pre Covid, according to the latest figures published.

Yesterday councillors agree to declare a housing emergency in the Scottish Borders.

Midlothian headquartered Blackmoon Lighting Ltd has expanded its business with three new directors.

The scheme that restricts the most polluting vehicles entering the city centre of the Capital will be enforced from 1st June.

Dramatic images captured from the sky have given a snapshot of the scale of housing coming to East Lothian in the next couple of years.

Local MSP, Christine Grahame uses the recent flooding and high rainfall, to demonstrate the need for climate action.

A planning bid has been submitted to Scottish Borders Council to put a a solar panel array on its roof.

An attempt to get Edinburgh’s Lord Provost to take the train to Germany for a taxpayer-funded trip.

A new charge for collecting garden waste in East Lothian has seen more than 90 per cent of those who use the service for free sign up.

This year’s programme of spring cleaning at Rosslyn Chapel has included conservation maintenance to the most prominent memorial in the Chapel’s grounds.

Dougie Bell, managing director of The Edinburgh Boiler Company (EBC), has been shortlisted for a prestigious honour at the Energy Awards 2024.

A new plan to improve the lives of people who use sign language has been delayed by Edinburgh Council following criticism.

MSP Christine Grahame has written to Transport Scotland urging it to review contingency measures to deal with adverse weather on the A720.

Missed bin collections across Edinburgh have been blamed on a group of rogue refuse collectors taking industrial action.

A community stalwart who was behind a campaign for the restoration of the Borders Railway has died at the age of 95, her family has announced.

An inspirational nurse who has helped transform intensive nursing care at Borders General Hospital has been named the Royal College of Nursing Scotland’s Nurse of the Year.

Council Leader Cammy Day welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s decision to pass the Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill on Tuesday 28th May.

Borders’ bars can stay open after midnight during Euro 2024 – if Scotland reach the semi-final stage.

The world’s leading producer of tartan based in the Borders has announced plans to reduce its carbon footprint.

Midlothian's MP has welcomed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's announcement of a General Election on July 4th.

Keith Cockburn says the General Election is a chance to beat the SNP and end their independence obsession for good.

Multi award-winning restaurant The Radhuni is sponsoring showcase concert.

Local campaigner Ross Laird has been selected as Parliamentary Candidate for Midlothian.

Drivers are being reminded to be alert for roe deer on the roads at this time of year.

Costs up £7m from the last estimate and significantly higher than it’s original £28m.

Relief for Midlothian residents who commute by car into Edinburgh.

This letter has been written by a Midlothian View reader.

The Scottish Government has unveiled new support for start-up firms in Scotland.

The proposals were revealed at a meeting of East Lothian Licensing Board this week.

The Scottish Government has today confirmed grant funding of £125,000 for the Midlothian Climate Action Hub in 2024-25.

More than 150 people living in villages surrounding a quarry have signed a petition to stop operators opening a new waste recycling facility in it.

The Scottish Government said it could ‘not afford’ to fund the development of a business case.

The local authority has received funding to provide an additional five pool cars for staff for the next year.

Council has no plans to introduce compulsory redundancies during the lifetime of the current administration.

Plans to block through traffic from key Edinburgh city centre routes have been hit with delays.

A list of the 11 most beautiful beaches has been shared by Time Out.

A Berwickshire castle is hosting a festival next month to mark the 60th birthday of an iconic American car.

Colin Beattie MSP, Midlothian North & Musselburgh, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

Proposals come into ‘direct conflict’ with enforcement action being taken in relation to trees which were allegedly felled without permission

Planners refused permission for a flat owner to create a driveway in their garden after measuring the space.

The Scottish Government has announced that peak fares on Scotrail trains will be scrapped over the Summer.

Midlothian Council is inviting local people to come along for an informal chat and to give views on emerging proposals.

This View has been written by Dana Drzikova MSc, Certified Menopause Support Coach and Henpicked Workplace Trainer.

The eagerly awaited final section of Harelaw road connecting the A6106 Millerhill Road is now open.

The first national volunteer survey of litter found by Scottish rivers and waterways has revealed that plastic bottles were the most littered item.

A planning bid has been submitted to extend the lifespan of a “still commercially viable” windfarm.

An investigation has been launched after up to 12 trees were allegedly felled in Musselburgh to make way for a bin.

Now council chiefs are looking to “innovative financial models” and other new approaches in a bid to keep spades in the ground.

Pupils from schools across Midlothian and South East Scotland joined forces to showcase their innovation and learning.

New figures have revealed the extent of pressures on the city’s planning service.

There is a collective gap of up to £585 million between the money needed to deliver services and the money available.

Midlothian planners insisted the two-metre wide strip was part of the communal landscaping on the estate.

Edinburgh memorial to commemorate all those who lost their lives or experienced “loss and change” during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The owner of a cottage in Easthouses has won the right to add dormer windows.

Bradan and Eilish from Bonnyrigg are raising money for the My Name’5 Doddle Foundation in honour of their Auntie Tracy.

Calls for an improved digitalised and enforceable equine ID system to ensure all horses are identifiable and traceable.

Landmark Trust to save one of the most important buildings at risk in Britain thanks to National Heritage Memorial Fund support.

Eleven hardy volunteers have donated 44 hours of their valuable time to a Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust.

Vicki Miller has been appointed as the national tourism organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.

72 new electric charging bays installed by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Elected members were told the amount of glyphosate used by council workers rose by 50 per cent

Ambitious plans to turn Midlothian’s ski centre into a top visitors attraction have been dealt another blow as councillors agreed to go back to the drawing board over its design.

The final game of the 23/24 season for the Rose was played at New Dundas Park with a great crowd in attendance to watch their team stay in the league.

A company director has been fined after workers were exposed to asbestos during the demolition of a hotel in Cornwall.

Villagers are now enjoying the ball game pétanque at a new court built by the council in North Middleton, near Gorebridge.

Forty per cent of private property sales in the Borders go to households not currently resident within the region, senior councillors will be informed next week.

A new Post Office ‘banking hub’ in Jedburgh is closer to reality after a planning bid was agreed by Scottish Borders Council.

Those starting university in September can ‘tap the app’ to get National Insurance and tax information they need to complete their student finance applications.

A doctor has told of her horror after discovering her neighbours had installed a CCTV camera outside her bathroom window.

Midlothian Council today (7 May 2024) agreed school session dates for the academic years 2025 / 2026 and 2026 / 2027.

Paul Lawrence has been recommended for appointment as the new Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council.

One Dalkeith is set to open their new hub on Saturday May 11th as part of their grand opening.

Scottish Government propose to replace the PVG membership fee waiver with a fee discount.

Community groups in Edinburgh can now apply to have a Firework Control Zone (FCZ) in their local area.

The 90's boy band, Take That, have hit the roads once again, performing to a sold out OVO Hydro in Glasgow, during their world tour.

BT Group has installed its first EV charge point powered from a street cabinet, marking the first phase of trials which could lead to the wider upgrade of cabinet units across the UK.

In an effort to reach net zero by 2030, the City of Edinburgh Council has successfully deployed five electric refuse collection vehicles.

Work is underway to build a 40-bedroom care complex and 46 extra care flats alongside a day-care unit in Bonnyrigg.

Children help Lord-Lieutenant in special tree planting ceremony to mark the Coronation.

Report into Community Learning and Development services in Midlothian highlights positive progress.

Around 730,000 tax credits claimants will start receiving their annual renewal notices from this week.

The Child Disability Payment helps families cover the extra costs of looking after a child or young person.

Edinburgh Christmas market and Hogmanay operators have been awarded a new contract to run the events for another three years.

Big-hearted Edinburgh cabbies have hit out at the council after being asked to stump up cash to have planters moved.

Councillors overwhelmingly refused Henderson Place LLP’s bid to abandon allocating 10 flats.

Napier University law graduate Megan Kane joins the firm on a two-year traineeship.

Councillor Simita Kumar was voted into the SNP group’s top job at a meeting last night.

Children at Woodburn Primary School in Dalkeith are “happy and respectful” according to the national body for improving education in Scotland.

Plans to expand Straiton Retail Park onto land behind its Asda store have been put before councillors for the first time.

The health of the group of trees is being monitored by Midlothian Council officers.

New affordable flats in a Penicuik housing estate have been given the go ahead.

Edinburgh Bus Station’s owners have entered talks with the council over the future of the city centre transport hub.

A group of trees have been placed under an emergency protection order.

This View has been written by Christine Grahame MSP.

Two separate public consultations will inform and guide Midlothian Council’s development of a sustainable transport network

A three-month investigation by the Local Democracy Reporting Services has been digging into the details on some of the city’s 4,000 or so short term lets.

Electric vehicle chargers could be installed in lampposts across Edinburgh to serve residents without driveways.

This View has been written by Midlothian Reader Bill Kerr-Smith.

Edinburgh Science is bringing hands-on science to primary school pupils in Midlothian

A new nationwide initiative to better support young people and unlock genuine opportunity

A wind energy hub is proposed on land north-east of Peebles.

Boundaries Scotland revealed revised proposals to create an additional seat for future Scottish Parliament elections last week.

A consultation has opened seeking the views of Borderers on parking and parking enforcement.

Concern over the loss of arable farmland was one of the issues raised during public consultation.

Runners at this year’s Edinburgh Marathon will be able to celebrate crossing the finish line.

The annual celebration of creativity, innovation, and community spirit, is back for its fourth consecutive year.

The future of Edinburgh Bus Station is hanging in the balance as its owners could attempt to redevelop the city centre site.

Midlothian Armed Forces and Veterans Champion Councillor Pauline Winchester unveiled a plaque at Mauricewood Primary School.

Concern over the cost of bringing an East Lothian theatre back into use saw a call for community funded grants to be suspended.

Vulnerable and elderly residents in East Lothian will have to pay more for services including meals, community alarms and transport.

Maximum stay periods across all types of chargers will be extended after an annual review

The last remaining shop front improvement grants have been awarded by the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project.

Easy-to-use touch screen offering local people up-to-date information and confidential advice at MAEDT.

40 people came along to a free family pickleball session during the Easter holidays at the Lasswade Centre.

Thousands of stray and homeless animals in Ukraine have been helped after an activist’s speech at a Scottish conference.

It comes after councillors backed a call to consider introducing restrictions on larger cars.

A review of East Lothian Council’s licence charges raises the cost of a three year licence for a short term let.

Councillors fear a demand for photo ID to vote could disenfranchise people.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has signed up to take part in a bungee jump off a Highland bridge.

Colin Beattie MSP, Midlothian North & Musselburgh, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View

A new fund launched by Scottish Borders Council has opened for applications.

An Edinburgh tenant is to be evicted from her flat just as the Scottish Government’s ban is lifted.

The pantry was the grateful recipients of a donation of £1500 from food wholesaler, Fife Creamery Ltd.

Model Railway Exhibition returns to Edinburgh after many years.

Midlothian’s MP has hailed a men’s shed project for revolutionising community well-being.

A community gardening project has taken over a derelict council site behind shops to turn into a woodland garden.

Tyne & Esk Rural Communities Development Fund is part of the Community Led Local Development funding stream from the Scottish Government.

A company director has been jailed for eight months after failing to protect workers from exposure to asbestos.

Parks and roundabouts across Midlothian are awash with colour thanks to the council's Land and Countryside teams.

A new tool that allows anyone living with or beyond cancer to check their emotional wellbeing.

Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce have confirmed two networking events this month.

Families could save up to £200 on yearly energy bills with some helpful hints on how to bring costs.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has called for the UK Parliament to be urgently recalled to ban arms sales to Israel.

Gensource, a leader in sustainable energy solutions, has embarked on an ambitious energy project on Edinburgh's historic Scott Monument.

National Records of Scotland report on the popular names with local authority breakdowns.

Lothian’s strong year was headlined by an increase of over 17% in its passenger numbers.

This View has been written by Midlothian Dog Trainer Nick McMechan.

Plans to close two community hospitals and a care home to help plug a £10.8m funding gap in East Lothian.

Plans to relocate East Links Family Park from its current home outside Dunbar to East Fortune.

The owner of a holiday flat in a Midlothian village has won an appeal to keep operating.

The tourism organisation announced the closures of all such venues across the country.

A ban on pavement parking across Midlothian will come into force next week despite concerns.

Midlothian Council is looking for everyone’s views as it continues to develop its new Local Transport Strategy.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has revealed his delight after a youth project was awarded £300,000 Levelling Up cash.

From Monday 1 April tenants of Melville Housing Association will have a new maintenance service.

Midlothian Council is to enforce a ban on parking on pavements and dropped kerbs and double parking.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Members of Scottish Borders Council planning committee have agreed not to object to a new BESS.

A Greens councillor questioned whether they were better for the environment.

A public inquiry has been triggered today after councillors lodged a formal objection to a proposed Borders windfarm.

A bid to stop housing being built on a popular woodland has been rejected by East Lothian councillors.

Members of Scottish Borders Council will next week be asked to agree to help its sports, leisure and culture trust.

Sustainable energy services company won the ‘New Business of the Year’ Award at Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

A “decaying” Art Deco cinema is to be examined by Edinburgh Council officers amid fears it could be “demolished by default”.

Edinburgh Council's Culture and Communities Convener, Val Walker gives her reaction.

Trade body says the Scottish Government needs to set minimum standards of competence for installers.

Battery Energy Storage Systems have been in the news this week so we thought we would take a look at what they are.

Owen Thompson has urged the UK Government to back research into the benefits of ‘magic mushrooms.’

Inception Art Show has announced the dates for its return to Dalkeith Palace.

A national insurance association has advised that work would not be covered by standard home insurance.

The accolade is seen as marking a significant milestone in its history.

The ribbon was cut on the City Centre to West East Link.

Councillors will be recommended not to object to a proposed windfarm despite concerns from villagers.

A descendant of Henry Dundas says his row with the council has “descended into farce” after a new one was installed.

An application is under consideration for the construction of a BESS on land west of the Eccles Substation in Mid-Berwickshire.

Rosslyn Chapel is one of Scotland’s iconic attractions and a hugely important driver of tourism in Midlothian.

The replacement features the same wording as the original plaque which was stolen in September 2023.

This View has been written by Midlothian View Reader Celia Hobbs.

During a national County Lines intensification week Police Scotland took action to protect vulnerable people.

The annual fair serves as a vital platform for organisations to come together

Scots are at risk of not having their affairs in order when they die.

The waste facility which has been operating for over three years in the centre of Loanhead.

Owen Thompson MP has joined forces with Midlothian Council's transport chief Cllr Colin Cassidy.

Nominations for deserving households can be submitted until the end of March.

A bid to build nearly 80 new homes on derelict land once used as a caravan sales site has been rejected.

Councillors in West Lothian have agreed an increase to their annual pay awards for the year.

Work to replace a level crossing described as one of Scotland’s most dangerous will begin in East Lothian next week.

The cost of “lifeline” Edinburgh Council gardening services used by the elderly and people with disabilities is set to be hiked by 70%.

HM Revenue and Customs is reminding working families to save money on their childcare costs in time for the school holidays.

A permanent roof is now visible over the Great Hall of Rosslyn Castle for the first time since 1650.

A citywide crackdown on blue badge fraud has seen several stolen and misused badges seized.

The Gold and Gray Soccer Academy was established in 2016.

Midlothian Dial-A-Bus service proving a “lifeline” to local people.

A waste facility in a Midlothian town could have ‘disastrous consequences” for the health of local residents it has been claimed.

Loanhead Gala Committee intend to arrange 3 Community Litter Picks this year.

The Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards took place night.

A major Edinburgh planning application determined on the toss of a coin is to go before councillors again.

Edinburgh residents, visitors, and industry have backed plans for a visitor levy in their thousands.

Edinburgh’s councillors have voted to remove a ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ scheme in Morningside.

MSPs to raise urgent concerns about Edinburgh Council’s decision to stop childcare funding for families living outwith the city.

Police Scotland will be promoting fraud awareness to commuters across the country next week.

Plans to reduce the speed limit on the former A1 in East Lothian to allow a new cycle path to be built.

Edinburgh’s new bus tracker screens are not expected to provide real-time service information until summer.

Plans to build up to 150 homes on land earmarked for a public park were described as ‘too much icing on a cake.’

A local authority has increased the cost of operating a zoo by nearly 1000% despite not having any in its communities.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Two new types of parking permit are set to be introduced for carers in Edinburgh.

Plans to spend £500,000 on a ‘party’ for the Edinburgh’s 900th anniversary have been branded ‘shameful.’

SELECT urges others to follow in its footsteps to ensure Scotland makes a successful transition to net zero.

Embracing Innovation and Excitement in the Heart of the Community

The £20 million project is to provide low carbon alternatives to heat houses at the new Shawfair town.

This View has been written by Midlothian Dog Trainer Nick McMechan.

Anas Sarwar came to find out how community facilities are faring during the cost of living crisis.

Labour councillors have condemned Midlothian Council’s SNP administration for trying to abandon plans to build a new High School in Gorebridge.

Midlothian Council yesterday agreed to a 5.5% increase in foster carers fees.

Woodburn Primary is first school in Midlothian to sustain its Gold Rights Respecting School Award

Council tax bills in Midlothian will be frozen for the coming year as rent for local authority tenants rises by just under five per cent.

The Mercat Grill in East Lothian has its first charity doggy event for 2024 happening on Saturday 2nd March.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Drivers using satellite navigation and users of Google Maps have recently seen Midlothian covered in what appears to be a blanket of snow.

Plan to get Edinburgh council tenants to secretly record their noisy neighbours shelved.

New secondary school for Gorebridge removed from capital plan.

This View has been written by Garry Clark of the Federation of Small Businesses

Edinburgh-based legal firm Watermans is to represent former Clackmannanshire sub-postmaster Rab Thomson.

The housebuilder has announced a sponsorship deal with Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has been campaigning for the students to come to Scotland.

The Auditor General for Scotland has published his report today on Scotland's NHS.

Councillors have been warned as they prepare to set the authority’s budget.

This View has been written by Brett Ferguson, a Chartered Surveyor in the Perth office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors.

Claire Miller has been presented with a British Empire Medal.

Plans to introduce parking charges in the first of East Lothian’s six towns are being sent back to the drawing board.

Residents in East Lothian will face a 10 per cent rise in council tax next year.

Council tenants in East Lothian will see rent go up by seven per cent this year.

ELCAP have shared the results for this year’s Care Inspectorate findings.

Greens in Edinburgh have proposed ending free meals for councillors, continuing free tram travel for youngsters and boosting funding for projects aimed at addressing climate change impacts.

A free online event for parents and carers will explain apprenticeship options for their young person and how to find local opportunities.

A proposed £50 charge for West Lothian residents to have garden waste collected may not last for long.

Plans to relocated a community high school to new £120 million facilities have been put out for public consultation

Midlothian MP, Owen Thompson, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

Edinburgh is set for a 20 per cent rise in city centre parking charges and a freeze on council tax if budget plans are passed next week.

Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce have revealed the shortlisted finalists for the Business Awards 2024.

This time last year, the site of the former Top Club in Newtongrange was a derelict wasteland, overgrown and gathering litter.

Dalkeith Country Park has announced its new charity partnership with My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

Bonnyrigg Rose performed admirably at Pittodrie as the Scottish Cup run came to an end.

Midlothian MP has called for more social housing as he visited a new multi-million pound community development.

Council tenants Evelyn and Gordon Smart have given Midlothian Council “ten out of ten” for improving their cottage.

It follows a special meeting of council leaders yesterday.

Traffic Scotland’s Control Room Operators often witness drivers on CCTV ignoring the Red ‘X’ signal.

Vaccine ‘fatigue’ in the wake of the covid pandemic.

Barclays Bank has announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, Tesco Bank, the retail banking business of Tesco.

Local Artist Yvonne Weighand Lyle from Mayfield has been selected as Lead Artist to design commemorative Covid benches for Midlothian.

Work is part of a wider plan to introduce an active travel freeway from Dunbar to Edinburgh.

This View has been written by Audit Scotland.

The findings are a result of Freedom of Information requests submitted to all UK councils.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, LNER is keen to hear from customers who were struck with cupid’s arrow on the train.

The Council Tax freeze for next year will mean a further £1.4million of budget cuts for West Lothian.

This View has been written by Volunteer Midlothian.

A wedding venue has been given to the end of the year to carry out a survey of resident bats.

This View has been written by Midlothian Dog Trainer Nick McMechan.

The YMCA and RUTS’ recently opened Penicuik Youth Hub received a visit from the Minister for Victims and Community Safety Siobhan Brown.

A couple who work away from home have won their fight to let their house as a short term holiday property when they are not there.

Children in schools in Malawi are to benefit from 122 projectors donated by Midlothian Council.

Planners refused to grant permission for a new chemist sign in a village after describing it as ‘unappealing’.

A crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Livingston shopping centre has pushed troublemakers to get on the bus.

Flat owners have hit back after planners refused to let them rent it out as a holiday home.

A wedding venue has been ordered to carry out a survey of resident bats before being allowed to play music outdoors.

Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland set to install a new vehicle restraint system.

A joint initiative has been launched in Midlothian to help young people avoid homelessness.

The Society of Editors has vowed to call out fake newspapers and “name and shame” parties and candidates.

Parked police cars could be used to tackle anti-social behaviour it has been suggested.

A Midlothian library is giving local residents the chance to work on their sewing skills after opening its own Lend and Mend Hub.

Midlothian Council wants to hear your views on a proposal to have the same start and finish times across all six secondary schools.

A record-breaking 11.5 million taxpayers submitted their Self Assessment tax returns this year.

Midlothian Councillors have approved the asset transfer of the Poltonhall Sport Complex to Bonnyrigg Rose Community Football Club.

A fully functioning one-bedroom bungalow the unique property is housed within the training centre in Dalkeith.

Edinburgh has become the first Scottish local authority to enforce against parking on pavements.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

A public consultation has been launched as part of a bid to make all buildings across the Borders more energy efficient.

Second home owners in the Borders with the “broadest shoulders” are to fund the Council Tax bonus.

A public consultation will inform the Strategic Business Case for a tram route from Granton to the BioQuarter and beyond.

Prospective students will be able to find out about the various courses they can apply for.

Leading trade body SELECT is urging Scotland’s private landlords to ensure their electrical installations are compliant.

Have you heard the story of the Dalkeith man who helped shape WWII?

The landmark church in Newtongrange village has won its fight to install solar panels to help with energy costs.

A landlady ordered to rip out 16 UPVC windows installed in a listed building faces court action despite sympathy from councillors.

More drivers are being caught drink or drug driving on Scotland’s roads.

The scheme which has seen costs soar in the last 10 years has been given the go ahead to move to the next stage.

Arrangements for the Midlothian Climate Action Hub have been put in place to ensure that it was operational from the very start of 2024.

The Dalkeith bespoke cabinetmakers have announced their expansion and the opening of several key positions within the team.

A candle wax shop owner who defied planners to install a sign branded ‘unworthy’ of its conservation surrounding has been given two weeks to take it down.

Bonnyrigg Rose defeated unbeaten Falkirk to reach the Scottish Cup fifth round.

The cost of making Edinburgh schools which were built using dangerous crumbling concrete safe has been estimated at up to £50m.

A seventies bungalow that leaks energy ‘like a sieve’ is to be demolished and replaced.

A landmark village church built to support a growing mining community over 80 years ago is fighting to have solar panels installed on its roof.

Flowcopter lands funding from Scottish Enterprise to develop greener, greater drones to rival helicopters.

Demand for single bedroom properties in East Lothian is outstripping supply.

Local volunteers in Cousland have planted more than 300 hedge saplings and 400 bulbs in the village park.

LNER is to launch a new Simpler Fares pilot scheme for selected journeys along the East Coast route.

A Dalkeith candle wax shop owner is facing possible court action and a £50,000 fine.

Plans to slash more than £8m of funding for Edinburgh’s schools have been described as “absolutely devastating.”

Colin Beattie MSP, Midlothian North & Musselburgh, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

Midlothian’s MP has called for more scrutiny of the construction industry.

This View has been written by Craig Biddick, Head Teacher, Penicuik High School.

Midlothian Council is on track to permanently repair 5,000 potholes in a year with its new JCB Pothole Pro machine, more than double the target.

Edinburgh Council has spent nearly £400k of taxpayers’ cash defending unlawful short-term let policies after losing two court cases in less than a year.

Nine roads have been chosen to take part in the trial by the University of the West of England.

A home owner has been given the go ahead to install UPVC windows despite living in a conservation area.

The chief executive of Edinburgh City Council has announced he will step back from his role later this year.

A strictly confidential private loan agreement has been struck to return a chair used by Mary Queen of Scots to her homeland.

Cash-strapped councils could face huge bills as they pick up the pieces after Scottish house builder Stewart Milne called in the administrators this week.

Nearly £150,000 in funding for local causes remains unclaimed with just two months of the year left in East Lothian.

It comes as the local authority sets out how it plans to cut meat and dairy consumption in schools and council buildings.

The Penicuik-based station is the Best Community Radio Broadcaster for the second year running.

The purpose of the Housing Allocations Policy is to let available vacant properties to those in greatest assessed need

Enforcement against parking on pavements, parking at dropped kerbs and double parking will begin in Edinburgh on Monday, 29 January.

This article has been written by local coach Kate Flory.

This article gas been written by Karen Ritchie CEO of the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce.

Melville Golf Centre has become the first in Scotland to install a new state-of-the-art camera system that can take your golf swing to the next level.

Dana Drzikova is really keen to understand your thoughts and experiences around perimenopause and the menopause.

HMRC has been filming with Santa to encourage customers to tick their tax return off their to do list

Government Chief Science Adviser unveils the scientific secret behind Santa’s miraculous Christmas Eve delivery run.

The practice recently held an exhibition and celebration to mark the occasion, displaying a selection of their extensive portfolio.

Residents in an East Lothian village face a ‘dry’ Christmas after its only shop lost its licence to sell alcohol.

The Energy Training Academy has completed the delivery of its first flagship Solar PV and Battery training course.

TV star has teamed up with international school meals charity to encourage families to bring hope to hungry children over the festive season.

Scottish Borders Council’s sporting, leisure and cultural services provider has a new man at the top.

COSLA Leaders described the draft Budget as leaving councils at real and significant financial risk for the coming year.

Adventure Cyclist Markus Stitz rides to Germany from Scotland via Route YC on the Yorkshire Coast

See when your bin is being collected over the Festive period.

Attainment levels for most school year groups across Midlothian are increasing compared with last year.

Owen Thompson has written a personal letter to police, ambulance, fire service and military personnel

Council officers were accused of riding a ‘horse and cart’ through the democratic process .

Owners of empty town centre buildings in Midlothian will have rate relief cut in a bid to persuade them to find tenants.

Concern about rapidly rising private rental costs in the county which has a council house waiting list of more than 5,000 applicants.

A summit on fireworks between the Council, partner agencies, community representatives, local MPs, MSPs and councillors took place yesterday.

COSLA Vice President Councillor Steven Heddle today sent a strong warning to the Scottish Government that any Council Tax Freeze must be fully funded.

A petition calling on East Lothian Council to ‘pause and review’ a multimillion pound flood scheme will now be considered by East Lothian Council.

As we approach the end of 2023, James Morris, a Dalkeith resident and managing director of William Purves Funeral Directors reflects on this time of year.

The Scottish Beacon news website is the first collaborative journalism outlet of its kind in the UK.

A replacement plaque explaining Henry Dundas’ ‘instrumental’ role in delaying abolition of the slave trade is to be installed on Edinburgh’s Melville Monument.

Dalkeith-based Melville Housing Association has made donations to charities that help struggling households.

New laws introduced this week making pavement parking illegal in Scotland.

A judge ruled this month that the council’s planning guidance for owners of Airbnb-style holiday lets was unlawful.

A critically endangered moss has been restored thanks to a collaboration between NatureScot and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

As the festive season approaches NHS 24 is urging the people of Scotland to be prepared.

ELCAP are an East and Midlothian Charity supporting individuals with learning, physical and mental health disabilities.

Responses to an online survey will inform next steps for a potential Workplace Parking Levy in Edinburgh.

The Auditor General for Scotland has published a s22 report on the challenges facing the Scottish Prison Service.

A pair of homeowners have won their fight to build an extension in their back garden.

A dad’s bid to build a home for his son, who lost his leg in a road accident as a teenager, has been rejected by planners.

The action by HM Revenue and Customs officers took place over the last four weeks with 24 hot food takeaways and restaurants targeted.

Councillors passed a motion calling on officials to explore adopting a policy allowing fruit and vegetables to be grown in public spaces.

Urgent action needed on medication processes at Hawick-based housing support service.

Church representatives on East Lothian Council’s education committee could be stripped of their voting rights.

Plans to build 21-metre high buildings to handle offshore energy in rural East Lothian have been approved.

East Linton railway station is expected to open on 13th December.

Work on a new £4.8 million social housing development has started in Midlothian.

Melville Housing Association’s two dedicated Welfare Benefits Advisers have helped tenants claim benefits.

A decision to not have an emergency council debate shows “astonishing complacency,” a councillor has said.

Bonnyrigg Rose suffered a defeat at Stenhousemuir in a game that saw two red cards.

The winners have been announced for the Midlothian Young People Awards (MYPA) 2023 at a special ceremony held at Rosslyn Chapel.

The comments came as COSLA launched their Budget Lobbying campaign for the coming year.

The Capital is celebrating the start of December with the ongoing success of Edinburgh’s Christmas.

A crackdown on short-term lets from Edinburgh Council has been ruled unlawful for a second time.

Nine in ten people in Scotland believe that litter is an issue across the country, an opinion that has continually grown for the past three years.

Chief Executive urges greater collaboration in future planning and targets.

Plans for a new secondary school within the new Shawfair community in Midlothian have been put in doubt.

Haddington to host public discussion with Ministers.

Midlothian Council’s cabinet this week heard the county was experiencing similar problems to Fife .

A £13m public inquiry to establish why costs and timescales associated with the scheme spiralled out of control released its findings after a nine-year wait in September

The Midlothian MP has spoken out on the need for support for veterans of the armed forces.

Official road signs are being installed on the boundary of Edinburgh’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ), with six months until enforcement begins.

The owners of land where two healthy trees were chopped down could face criminal action.

Councillors on the scrutiny committee quizzed him on what the justification was for the sizeable payout.

Kelly Parry said the difference on roads was noticeable when driving from the county into the city’s boundary.