Council criticised for not having emergency short-term let debate

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.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View

Have you ever noticed how people are either half full or half empty?

A new film from Bikepacking Scotland encourages people to change the ways they travel.

Changes to non-domestic rates exemptions were passed by councillors this week in a move which could bring in over £13 million.

The Council has been working closely with key stakeholders to secure a future for cultural cinema in the Capital.

A city councillor says he feels “embarrassed” when walking down the historic street.

A nail salon boss who repainted her pink shop front grey after planners objected has lost her fight to save her ‘expensive’ red, white and blue sign above the door.

Edinburgh Council is to spend £55 million replacing over 1,000 vehicles to ensure its fleet is compliant with the city’s new Low Emission Zone.

A tourist tax could cost Midlothian Council more to operate than it will bring in each year.

A new care facility for elderly Midlothian residents has been turned into social housing after health bosses withdrew support in a row over funding.

The Presbytery of Lothian and Borders has decided to close the church of St Nicholas Buccleuch within the next two to three years.

Nearly three quarters (73%) of the Scottish population wrongly believe that strokes don't happen to young adults.

Midlothian council leader Kelly Parry is to write to Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove to express her ‘disappointment.’

Lawfield Primary School is the first primary in Midlothian to win the national sportscotland Gold School Sports Award since Covid.

An Edinburgh library is to remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Scottish Borders Council is to share in a near-£23m ‘Levelling Up’ cash bonanza.

Councillor Peter Smaill told the meeting that while he was happy to take part in the minute’s silence he could not support the motion.

Staff members from the Community Access Team and people using their services have plenty to smile about.

Midlothian urged to get winter ready after chilling -10C lows.

As a young child in Slovakia she and her sister watched their mum suffer terrible perimenopausal symptoms.

Solicitors warn that all dog owners should be more aware of their legal responsibilities for their pets.

Edinburgh Council set to award environmentally friendly heat network contract for Granton Waterfront regeneration.

The owner of three flats used as holiday lets in a single property has lost two out of three appeals.

Plans to cut an Edinburgh bus route would be “detrimental” to locals who rely on public transport to get around, a councillor has said.

Reform of the public sector is needed to deal with longer-term financial pressures.

Edinburgh’s fireworks night of violence has been linked to individuals in East Lothian as part of a police investigation.

The scheme could see dog owners having to register their canines with the Edinburgh Council.

Local MSP Christine Grahame has marked 15 years of making crime pay in Midlothian.

Almost 100,000 people have paid £121 million using the HM Revenue and Customs app since April 2023

Review of the South East of Scotland Scouts and Girl Guides show at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh

A councillor has accused the chair of a planning appeal committee of showing an ‘apparent disregard for democratic process.’

Councillors have given the go ahead to a new house being built on a field used as an outdoor riding school.

Edinburgh Council has been urged to come clean over issues with its long-awaited multi-million pound bus tracker system.

The Bright Green Business Environmental Placement Programme 2023 awards took place last week.

Midlothian Council are pressing ahead with their most ambitious energy-efficient housing development.

Remembrance services were held across Midlothian yesterday. "Lest we forget."

Meanwhile Midlothian Council officers are currently evaluating a commissioned report on pavement parking across Midlothian.

An application for grant funding for a staffed Climate Action Hub in the county has been successful.

It is the work experience season for S4 pupils in Midlothian.

A short-term let ‘control area’ introduced in Edinburgh is “unfair” and “at odds” with Scottish Government legislation, a court has heard.

A new automated barrier system designed to allow traffic to be diverted via the Forth Road Bridge more quickly is now in place.

Burnbrae Primary School in Bonnyrigg has been selected as runner up for the Cycling Scotland Bikeability School of the Year award.

Norman Hampshire described Humza Yousaf’s announcement of a council tax freeze as ‘extremely disappointing’ in a letter to him.

The officer who set it up left the organisation and then staff without the relevant “experience or training” were put in charge.

Graeme Porter has been appointed as operations manager to lead the new arm of the business.

Two successful fireworks displays happened in Midlothian over the weekend.

A housing developer who replaced the doors of a Gothic church hall as part of a conversion has been ordered to bring the originals back.

Couples who are married or in a civil partnership are being urged by HMRC to see if they can their finances by up to £252 a year.

Police Scotland has faced unprecedented levels of violence while protecting communities from Bonfire Night disorder.

Dozens of eyesore phone boxes are to be removed from Edinburgh’s streets over the next six months.

Councillors in Edinburgh have voted against reversing an education cut which trade unions fear will lead to the loss of “vital” staff who work to boost pupil attendance.

Scottish football joins Scottish Rugby in backing Police Scotland’s That Guy sexual crime prevention campaign.

The Royal Scots Museum is bringing a free interactive exhibition to Dalkeith Palace.

Midlothian’s MP has demanded the Prime Minister rethink his backing of the war in Gaza.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Communities in the South of Scotland are to boosted by almost £900m over the next 35 years.

The Lord Provost gave a short statement on events in the Middle East and led a one minute's silence for all victims.

Many objectors were furious believing the estate was going to be given a ‘local centre’ but instead is getting a care home.

Midlothian Council had been preparing to ask the Crown Prosecution Service to get involved after the hoarding was considered an ‘unacceptable’ risk to motorists.

Esk Valley Dog Training is holding a free seminar at One Dalkeith on 9th November.

The move is seen as a way that visitors to the town can help enhance community facilities

Construction began in July 2022 and the resort is set to open to the public in September 2024.

HMRC is urging individuals in Scotland to take advantage of the savings scheme this World Savings Day.

A ground-breaking social health project which provides adults in Midlothian with access to a wide range of services under one roof has been credited with saving lives.

Families across Midlothian will be able to download literacy support software to their own devices for free.

A proposal by SNP councillors in Edinburgh to de-fund city leisure centres until they raised the wages has been knocked back

Dynamic Property Services is based in Loanhead and was set up five years’ ago by Ross Barr.

BEAR Scotland is reminding motorists to plan ahead for overnight carriageway closures on the M90 on the nights of Tuesday 31st October and Wednesday 1st November.

People power in Peebles and a campaign by the town’s retail association has won the day after parking charges’ proposals bit the dust.

Andrea made space at her home to offer Post Office services to her Midlothian village where she has have lived for 48 years.

The descendant of Henry Dundas behind the removal of a plaque linking him to slavery has said he will not return it to the council after being threatened with legal action.

News that Scottish Borders Council has been ranked the second highest local authority in Scotland in terms of household recycling rates has been greeted with a degree of public scepticism.

Edinburgh Council is set to bring the axe down on an “invaluable” service which helps to get some of the city’s most vulnerable children back into school.

Police Scotland will be deploying Public Order officers in support of community policing teams throughout the Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night period.

West Lothian Council’s Labour Leader has rounded on a local MSP who backed the First Minister’s pledge to freeze Council Tax.

East Lothian Council has insisted the £16.7 million protection scheme in the Angus town did not ‘fail’ when Storm Babet hit.

Midlothian Council were also praised for their investment in one to one devices.

Parking will be banned on a residential street which has been described as a ‘key route’ for buses.

The owner of a seafood takeaway with an international following want to open it all year round.

West Lothian is bucking the trend in the face of harsh economic conditions with lower levels of unemployment.

West Lothian Council will develop almost 300 more electric charging points within the next three years.

Bonnyrigg Rose were back in the win column on Saturday afternoon.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has urged local people to give their views to a UK parliamentary inquiry into the horror in Israel and Gaza.

Top ten tips from 3 menopause and confidence experts on world menopause day

Students from Newbattle Community High School have taken part in Work Experience this week.

A widowed mum says she has been living with sewage coming into her bath for two years.

Ambitious plans to build council housing using ‘green’ Passivhaus standards have been ‘paused’ after it was revealed they are costing up to £150,000 more than standard homes.

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

Thousands of Midlothian homes and businesses can upgrade to new network.

Melville Housing Association celebrated Scottish Housing Day by rewarding a tenant for her tireless work creating a stunning garden

The five award categories reflect the various positive contributions of young people to Midlothian.

Tributes have been paid to a leading community campaigner who has died suddenly at the age of 70.

Midlothian councillors today called on officers to draw up a new set of rules for house builders.

Midlothian population growth needs urgent action say Councillors.

Peter Vardy Group has entered a strategic partnership with AffinityEV a provider of tailored software solutions for electric vehicles.

As today is World Mental Health Day here are 21 tips to help from local coach Kate Flory.

Loanhead’s multi-award winning, amateur photographer, Joe Gilhooley, LRPS is giving an illustrated talk on Monday 16th October

Labour councillors are calling for a temporary road closure to be overturned.

Secondary pupils could have to live more than three miles from school to qualify for free transport, under new proposals from Midlothian council.

This article has been written by Gregor Currie, Funeral Director, William Purves, Penicuik.

People in Edinburgh are “divided” over plans to reduce the speed limit to 20mph on more streets across the city.

LS Productions which was founded by Marie Owen from her home in Midlothian was last week named in the top 10 fastest growing companies.

Midlothian's MP is calling for an end to the two child benefits cap as recent figures reveal nearly 4,600 children in the county are living in poverty.

Owners of short term holiday lets have blamed Edinburgh ‘party flats’ for a change in rules which saw them ordered to stop operating.

Edinburgh may be an ancient City, but it has always been at the forefront of innovation.

With the steel framework just about completed the new Easthouses Primary is on schedule to be open by August 2024.

Bonnyrigg Post Office opened yesterday at its new permanent location at Premier Store in Bonnyrigg.

Edinburgh’s councillors have voted to push for powers to move ‘nuisance’ buskers along.

One of the world’s oldest youth organisation turned Edinburgh Castle blue to mark their 140th anniversary.

A nail salon boss who repainted her shop front after planners objected to its pink colour is now pleading to keep its expensive sign.

The Scottish Government has offered to meet West Lothian Council for talks on the future of bus services.

Penicuik Arts Centre is hosting storytelling club nights celebrating ‘Oor Toon’ for all members of the community.

This week is Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week 2023 and all women and girls are encouraged to get involved in local events.

Two hydrogen hubs earmarked for the south of Scotland could move a step closer reality following a workshop next week.

An 18 metre tunnel to allow chickens to cross a rural road has been given the go ahead.

Edinburgh Council has set out how it plans to take action against short-term let hosts.

Local residents in some areas of Midlothian will be able to book a free collection.

Midlothian Council has relaunched four warm and well hubs across the county to provide support with the cost-of-living crisis.

This View has been written by Ross Laird, Convener of Midlothian, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Liberal Democrats.

A union representative welcomed the decision as “right for moral and practical reasons.”

The surging number of homeless people has pushed the council to an overspend of £3.5 million.

Children across Edinburgh are missing school because families can’t afford to pay for uniforms.

Edinburgh Council and emergency services step up preparations ahead of November 5th.

McGills announced on Tuesday night that they will end all Eastern Scottish services in the county by December.

Green city councillors said the authority should “lead by example.”

Midlothian View spoke to coach Kate Flory.

A senior Labour councillor has called on the Scottish Government to reinstate emergency funding for bus services in the county.

The pilot, which will last for at least six months, will provide financial relief to people commuting.

West Lothian Council is to ask Holyrood for the £53m it has spent tackling RAAC problems in its schools and community centres.

Visitors are being asked to avoid taking part in water sports on the loch at Loch Leven National Nature Reserve.

Lorna Slater, Scottish Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, Lothian MSP and Scottish Greens co-leader writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Collaboration with renowned filmmaker showcases the emerging space economy.

Real life animal heroes will be attending a two-day international conference in Midlothian.

Housing Minister leads visit to mark boost to region’s supply.

Planners said the new houses planned for a former fly-tipping site in Midlothian were too ‘suburban’ for the countryside

A homeowner has won his fight to put a driveway in his front garden despite it being ruled ‘too short.’

Planners calls for the rear windows of two new homes to be clad in slate to blend in have been dismissed.

The Energy Training Academy has secured £300,000 investment from the Catalyst Fund.

Bonnyrigg Rose were unlucky to lose out on the day as Stenhousemuir came out with all 3 points in a tightly-contested affair.

Midlothian MP and energy firm boss hit out at the PM's announcement last week.

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

A homeowner has hit out after he was refused permission to turn his front garden into a driveway.

Edinburgh council was warned about a safety issue around crumbling concrete in city schools six years ago

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View

A housebuilder ordered to change materials used on windows facing into an open field is appealing.

Customers at an East Lothian pub have been accused of singing ‘vile’ sectarian songs.

A former fire station now used as a booming Borders football club’s headquarters is to be reignited as a £400k community hub.

An Edinburgh businessman is behind plans for the city’s first Muslim school.

Residents in East Lothian are being warned to be on the alert for cold callers promising to improve their household heating.

Representatives of Penicuik Athletic Youth Football Club were presented with two parliamentary motions in Holyrood last week by their MSP Christine Grahame.

A council social work chief has revealed nearly half of its residential places for children are being taken up by young unaccompanied asylum seekers.

Almost 430,000 18-21 year olds with an unclaimed Child Trust Fund worth an average of £2,000.

It was meant to be a “swift and thorough” investigation – but for nine years people were left waiting for answers.

Four people have died from drugs overdoses in a single month in Midlothian in a devastating blow to social care teams.

A former Edinburgh council leader has commented on the findings of a nine-year inquiry into what went wrong.

Midlothian council is set to grass over landscaped beds installed after weeds ran out of control on the site.

Since 2007 West Lothian Community Development Trust has been supporting communities in the county with money raised from wind farms.

Edinburgh’s flagship Granton Gasholder restoration is at ‘high risk’ of overspending due to a lack of budget oversight.

The Edinburgh Tram Inquiry has laid most of the blame for the botched infrastructure project at the door of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Ministers.

An 89th minute penalty from Kieran Shanks resigned Rose to defeat.

We take a look back at Edinburgh’s most controversial and costly construction projects

Two of the stars of hit BBC One show, The Travelling Auctioneers – Christina Trevanion and JJ Chalmers – are visiting Restoration Yard.

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

Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian has been revealed as a heritage tree hotspot after experts recorded 500 ancient, veteran and notable oaks over the last year.

The Energy Training Academy has announced that it has started work on the first net zero home of its kind in Scotland.

More than 300,000 homes in England, Scotland and Wales to get insulation installed.

West Lothian has been listed among the top ten Scottish council areas with the best roads.

Edinburgh Council has been criticised over a taxpayer-funded ‘hot fork buffet’ set to be provided for a networking event.

A community gardens project which introduces school children in Midlothian to nature has received a prestigious award.

Edinburgh’s transport chief attempt to put the breaks on plans to introduce the charges in the city has been outvoted.

An overnight parking ban at a popular coastal car park is to be extended half a mile inland.

Ambitious plans to roll out a network of West Lothian Council owned EV charging points.

This is the largest population ever recorded by Scotland’s Census and is part of the first set of statistics from last year’s census.

Officers in Midlothian have seized a significant quantity of controlled drugs following an intelligence-led operation.

Midlothian councillors have called for a tougher approach to new developments.

A six-month trial that will introduce cheaper and simpler fares on ScotRail services will get underway from Monday 2nd October.

A bid for a domestic windfarm in Hawick has been withdrawn after the Ministry of Defence raised concerns.

A bid to build three ‘modern’ homes on a former colliery site has been given the go ahead.

Peebles Parking Group was established to carry out an extensive review of parking charges.

NHS 24 is championing the health and well-being of students beginning their college and university journeys in Scotland.

The design of three proposed houses on an eyesore site on the edge of Eskbank has split community leaders concerned over its ‘industrial’ style.

An award-winning brewery is set to tap into expansion in Galashiels and create six new jobs.

A Berwickshire-founded broadband provider has issued a final call for charitable and community projects across the Scottish Borders to apply to its new £50,000 fund.

A credit union based in West Lothian will soon be offering vital services in the Scottish Borders.

The use of the common weed killer has been a contentious subject for over 4 years at Midlothian Council.

Pro-active action by officers saw millions of pounds worth of illegal drugs recovered between April and June 2023.

Transport chiefs in Edinburgh are mulling over a new ‘hybrid’ option for the city’s next tram line.

A school dining hall has been closed less than a week after it was confirmed RAAC had been used to build it.

A ban on the use of a controversial weedkiller in Edinburgh’s parks and greenspaces is set to be introduced next year.

Disused coal mines are being brought back into use as a low carbon alternative to heating thousands of homes.

A bid to turn a former caravan sales site into housing would lead to an unacceptable loss of trees and go against council policy.

Council officers are calling for the owner of a house described as ‘humongous’ to face prosecution.

The number of visits to libraries in Midlothian has risen by over two-thirds in the last year.

Football fans across Midlothian have been “vilified” by planned new guidelines for supporters' buses on matchdays, according to Owen Thompson MP.

Midlothian under 18 bowling team travelled through to Ayr on Sunday to the greens at the national bowling centre at Northfield.

Edinburgh City Council has called on the Scottish Government to stump up cash needed to fix crumbling school roofs.

Housing developers in East Lothian could be charged thousands of pounds extra by the council to provide bins for each new home.

More than 2,000 support staff in colleges across Scotland are to strike on September 7 in a dispute over pay, terms, and conditions.

The cost of living crisis has seen some school pupils in Midlothian take on ‘almost full-time’ jobs.

Customers have been left short-changed by the closure of nearly half of the free cash machines across Midlothian, according to it's MP Owen Thompson.

A second high school in East Lothian has been confirmed as being partially built using unstable concrete at the centre of a UK Government crisis.

He has promised his local authority will declare a nature emergency within weeks after his initial bid was blocked by opposition councillors.

A campaigner who spent 18 years fighting for a new home after hers was condemned for a crumbling concrete roof has warned that the problem extends far wider.

This View has been written by Nick Garland a subject matter expert on Asbestos.

Last week Midlothian Council presented a report to councillors on RAAC in Midlothian schools.

The South of Scotland’s aim of becoming one of the leading cycling destinations in the world is on track and on schedule.

Four staff members are gearing up to take on a variety of tough challenges for St Joseph’s, a Rosewell-based charity for adults with learning disabilities.

East Lothian’s only Green councillor helped block an urgent motion calling on the council to declare a nature emergency.

Councillor Cammy Day said the council remains “absolutely committed” to introducing regulations for Airbnb-style accommodation on October 1st.

Midlothian Council’s £37m Destination Hillend project is facing delays after the discovery of additional water pipes under the land.

A temporary bus service for residents affected by the decision to close a busy road for 12 weeks will start operating on Monday.

The drive to net-zero emissions may be the trump card for Winchburgh Developments to secure a new railway station from the growing town.

Tribute has been paid to a former Scottish Borders Council officer who helped bring the Tour of Britain to the region for the first time.

A coalition representing councils, campaigners and the Scottish Government has met to discuss progress with the £10m feasibility study to extend the iconic rail route.

East and Midlothian Charit said a fond farewell and a warm welcome to not one, but five board members.

Welfare funds set up to help people through the cost of living crisis by Scottish Government are running out of money, councils have warned.

HMRC is reminding families to open a Tax-Free Childcare account today.

Measures to tackle homelessness including no longer using bed and breakfasts as temporary accommodation has seen figures drop.

Opportunity to explore incorporating a wider refurbishment of the building into Dalkeith town centre regeneration plans.

East Lothian councillors today gave the green light to emergency measures to plug a £14.5m budget gap.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Midlothian View editor explains how we can make Midlothian View even better.

This View has been written by both Lisa Cleeton, Canine Physiotherapist and Dog Trainer Nick McMechan.

The Scotland and Motherwell defender is asking people to raise funds for international school feeding charity Mary’s Meals.

Spiralling costs have seen the budget for building the new Peebles High School rise.

A Midlothian councillor has been cleared of an allegation he made a ‘disrespectful’ comment.

Council to cut opening hours at recycling centre and making residents book their visits in advance.

East Lothian Council has ordered protesters to remove ribbons on trees in Musselburgh.

Bonnyrigg Post Office will be re-opening the branch as a permanent service on Thursday 28th September 2023.

The council and Scottish Government have been met with a huge backlash from the industry in response to the crack down.

The Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project has awarded a £450,000 grant to assist with the repair and restoration.

Community sergeants at meetings in Whitburn and Linlithgow were this week grilled about the lack of detail about police activity.

The sponsorship is announced as Dalkeith Rugby Football Club celebrates their 125th Anniversary.

A village-based Borders company has received recognition for helping “put the planet first”.

The Energy Training Academy CIC has agreed a deal with St Andrews Timber & Building Supplies.

A new dedicated facility in Gorebridge Library opens which allows free access to equipment to repair, reuse, and upcycle everyday items.

The Edinburgh council-owned energy company hasn’t been used for anything since the idea was conceived nearly a decade ago.

Online sex offences and sextortion cases have risen across Midlothian despite police campaigns to increase public awareness of the dangers.

An energy company set up by Edinburgh Council still has “no clear role” more than seven years after it was started.

Parents have until 31 August to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that their 16-year-old is continuing their education or training.

A group of Corstorphine residents opposed to the area’s low traffic neighbourhood have called for all measures to be removed.

Tributes have been paid to a Midlothian shopkeeper who died at his store last week.

A police crackdown on speeding drivers saw the number of people injured on the roads in Midlothian fall by more than 30 per cent.

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

Edinburgh Council has unveiled plans to transform its headquarters into a more “modern” workplace in a bid to get staff back into the office.

Applications are now being taken for free guided tours of the Forth Road Bridge.

This View has been written by Garry Clark, Development Manager – East of Scotland, Federation of Small Businesses.

Communities are being invited to have their say in the coming weeks on plans for a major 80-turbine Borders windfarm.

Repairs and upgrades required at Castlegreen and North Merchiston care homes.

A luxury spa resort was ordered to stop selling alcohol after it was discovered it had been operating for a month without a licence.

One Dalkeith will be participating in this year's Midlothian Doors Open Day on the 9th of September.

Edinburgh Council will seek to improve buses serving the rural west of the city by early next year.

A report to the council’s Corporate Policy and Resources Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel (PDSP) branded council tax as “regressive”.

Praise has been heaped on communities who turned on the style during the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Firefighters across Scotland have seen the number of emergency call outs to false alarms fall.

The Secret Garden Distillery has introduced its fourth release from 2023 to celebrate the spirit of summer.

Discover buildings and spaces not normally open to the public as Midlothian once again takes part in Scotland’s annual Doors Open Days.

A bid to replace traditional windows overlooking a historic harbour with UPVC has been rejected

Housing Minister Paul McLennan tells guests at launch of second Green Home Festival in Edinburgh.

A reduced speed limit of 50mph will be in force on the Queensferry Crossing.

An energy giant has applied for planning permission to put nearly 1,300 solar panels on the roof of a Midlothian supermarket.

Plan to regenerate the Bathgate Burn have been renamed after a successful bid for lottery funding.

A seafood takeaway with an international following is applying for permission to keep operating at its harbour location.

A ‘milestone’ will be reached next month over the creation of £14m Dutch-inspired 60-bed care village at Tweedbank.

Business brains are being invited to shape the future of a major new industrial and housing development site

Major safety improvements to one of Edinburgh’s most dangerous junctions will not begin until 2028.

his View has been written by Ross Laird, the Convener of Midlothian, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Liberal Democrats.

St Davids Brass Band has bought the dilapidated hall in Gorebridge.

Public safety fears sparked by a decision to reduce the number of fire engines in Edinburgh fitted with turntable ladders.

Appeal to people interested in fostering to get involved and help other young people achieve their dreams

Edinburgh councillors have raised concerns over the spread of “wild conspiracy theories” about 20-minute neighbourhoods.

The spirit of childhood was alive and thriving as Play Midlothian held Playday 2023 at One Dalkeith.

Church and community groups urged to attend Green Home Festival and discover how former religious buildings can be transformed for energy-efficient housing.

The first phase of a programme of improvements to Rosslyn Chapel’s lighting is underway.

The decision to expand its portfolio with MG dealerships comes as a part of Peter Vardy's strategic vision.

This article has been written by Midlothian East Councillor, Peter Smaill.

Scottish Borders councillors will soon be taking part in Community Conversations 2023, building on the success of last year.

A decision on proposed expansion at an electricity sub-station in Mid-Berwickshire has been put on hold amid fears over the loss of prime agricultural land.

The council had previously planned to start the resurfacing work in early July but stopped due to an outcry by users of the path

Overall there were a higher number of SQA entries and awards in 2023 than last year.

The Skills Development Scotland Results Helpline, staffed by more than 30 expert careers advisors, opens today for four days to help pupils, parents and carers.

The company taught students the fundamentals of software programming.

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

Crunch talks to save the Edinburgh Filmhouse have stalled after its new owners sought assurances.

Portobello, Leith and Tollcross are just a few of several ‘town centres’ tipped to get attractions.

Today marks the official start of the 76th Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Rules which would have made it more difficult for entire homes to be used as holiday lets have now been scrapped.

East Lothian Council is spending over £320,000 refurbishing its headquarters ahead of changes it says will save up to £850,000 a year.

The rate of homelessness in Edinburgh has risen by almost a third in a year.

Community groups and individuals are encouraged to provide feedback into potential new walking and cycling routes across the Scottish Borders.

Twenty independent local and hyperlocal news publications serving urban and rural communities across Scotland have joined forces.

Leading political commentator, author and broadcaster, Steve Richards is back in Edinburgh this August.

Concerns have been raised over staff at Edinburgh council-owned leisure centres being made to “bear the brunt” of financial pressures.

13 park tennis courts across four of Edinburgh’s parks will reopen this summer after state-of-the-art renovations worth £190,000.

A restaurant owner has been told he will not have to rebuild a disused chimney stack on top of his Category B listed building.

The organisers of this year’s Green Home Festival are urging homeowners and the construction industry to “be brave” and embrace innovations.

Plans to close a busy road next to the Edinburgh bypass for three months have sparked anger among local residents.

East Lothian Council has launched a new grant scheme which will support local groups and organisations.

Potential changes to the council tax system that could see those in the highest value properties asked to pay more.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Conservation projects that aim to put Scotland’s land, rivers and seas back on the road to recovery are being invited to apply.

Temporary toilets have been set up following a plea to curb the number of people defecating and urinating in public.

Edinburgh Council has been told to apologise to a vulnerable resident repeatedly threatened with legal action.

We tried out one of Midlothian's premier activities to see what it was like.

Keep Scotland Beautiful announces 2023 award-winning parks and open green spaces.

A retired home owner ordered to tear down a 6ft fence by planners said he is delighted.

Lorna Slater, Scottish Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, Lothian MSP and Scottish Greens co-leader writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

A new dedicated environmental crime team will be cracking down on flytipping, dog fouling, littering and other offences.

Developers have applied to replace traditional windows in a conservation area.

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

Overnight works to refresh road markings on the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass are set to begin on Monday 7th August.

The annual Midlothian Summer Reading Challenge has begun.

NFU Scotland has officially welcomed John Davidson as its new Chief Executive.

Residents of an Edinburgh retirement home have told of how negotiating treacherous steps has left them injured.

The last year has seen more than 1,100 deliberate blazes started in the county.

Homeowner refused permission to move his garden fence to enclose all of his side garden.

Bid to move a vehicle entrance to his land away from a village road has been blocked

Funding to help families has been cut by nearly two-thirds in East Lothian by the Scottish Government this year.

As the holiday season is underway the best places to holiday in the UK for EV drivers have been revealed.

Elaine is kicking off the Debutots’ summer of fun with outdoor classes suitable for children aged from 6 months to 7 years old.

A bid to build houses on a former fly-tipping site have been rejected by Midlothian planners.

There has been a noticeable increase in litter on the A1 trunk road between the English border and Edinburgh

Developers building a new housing estate in an East Lothian village will towards school accommodation.

This month Borders Buses will be increasing the number of journeys they operate on routes through Midlothian.

Paul McLennan MSP Minister for Housing visited Midlothian this week.

Eagle-eyed Midlothian councillors met a very unusual staff member at a recent fact-finding trip to a factory on the west coast.

A college which created Scotland’s first solar meadow is to add a new solar array onto its roof.

A review of speed limits and work to create safer routes to schools across West Lothian will not happen for at least another year due to a lack of funding.

This article has been written by Graeme Whitlie, Funeral Director, William Purves, Dalkeith.

A landower who inherited a field with a run down caravan on it has applied for permission to repalace it with a holiday chalet.

Ten of the most exciting weird and wonderful comedy shows coming to the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe.

King Charles III was presented with the Honours of Scotland during a national service of thanksgiving.

Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth visited Midlothian today.

Plans to turn a derelict site at the gateway to Dalkeith into a row of upmarket town houses have been lodged with Midlothian planners.

Here are ten up and coming stand up comedians that we have been given the tip-off are set to get crowds laughing this summer.

Robertson Homes, has completed the acquisition of the former Rosslynlee Hospital site in Roslin.

A local artist has been commissioned by St Giles’ Cathedral to create its 2023 Christmas card.

A retired couple who replaced a 20ft high hedge at the side of their home with a 6ft fence are fighting to keep it.

Work has finished to complete this year’s design on the world’s oldest Floral Clock.

A decision by Scottish Borders Council to cease the use of cheques “seriously limits” the needs of care home residents, a councillor warns.

They are reaching out to gardeners across Midlothian to take extra care and think twice about using poisons.

School transport in the Borders has picked up speed after the implementation of a series of improvements.

Midlothian View Reporter, Sofia Villegas, takes an in-depth look at a Military pension issue that goes back to 1975.

Temporary road closures will be in place next week across Edinburgh’s city centre.

Transformed Granton walking and cycling path named after British explorer William Speirs Bruce.

The decision was unanimously agreed at the club's AGM this week.

Today marks one month until the biggest Alcohol Duty reforms in 140 years come into effect.

Lasswade High School is setting up a taskforce of pupils and staff to cut energy use.

Lasswade Athletic Club's athlete Sarah Tait has taken a day off from her gruelling training schedule to graduate.

The contractor building Midlothian Council’s first Passivhaus project in Bonnyrigg has donated to Bonnyrigg Rose Community Football Club.

Questions were asked about the rising costs of the Beeslack replacement school at a meeting of Midlothian Council.

Edinburgh Airport’s charged Pickup & Dropoff zone will reopen to passengers following a £1.6 million project to transform the facility.

Midlothian councillors are calling for new Scottish Parliament constituencies to be renamed amid claims they will confuse residents.

Masonry from a primary school building which is due to be replaced fell onto the playground.

People with Tax credits have a month to renew their claim or risk having their payments stopped.

Council officers launched a review of how it administers 46 trust funds after repeated criticism from Audit Scotland.

Midlothian Council is expecting a tax rebate of nearly £7 million after successful claims against HMRC which go back as far as the 1980s.

World Bicycle Relief is calling on audacious Scots to donate their time at the Cycling World Championships.

NHS 24 is launching its latest health campaign which aims to promote essential health advice to the public during the hotter months.

Growing demand has seen the Midlothian-based high-end renovation specialist add to its senior management team with two key hires.

A warm and sunny day brought thousands of people into the centre of Loanhead on Saturday to witness the crowning of Loanhead's 111th School Queen.

The children at St Andrew’s Primary School in Gorebridge have been awarded a Certificate of Recognition in the eighth annual Pocket Garden Design Competition

Ian's Wee Cafe will have a grand opening of its warm and welcoming establishment in the heart of Bilston on Saturday.

A bid has been lodged to extend the lifespan of a pionnering Borders wind farm.

Calls have been made for community policing to be stepped-up at an Edinburgh primary school.

The Midlothian Conservative and Unionist Association have announced the passing of their Honorary President.

Passenger numbers have doubled on Edinburgh’s trams since the long-awaited extension through Leith opened

Calls have been made for a national fund to be set up to help local councils tacking vital but expensive repairs as a result crumbling concrete.

A vision of a cruise terminal at the site of a former East Lothian power station looks dead in the water.

Electric scooters have become as much of a menace to pedestrians as off-road bikes, West Lothian councillors claimed today.

This article has been written by Joe Cobb, Head of Wills, Trusts, Tax & Succession Planning at JMW Solicitors.

The future is in safe hands as Scottish print industry apprentices are honoured with Apprentice of the Year Awards

People across Lothian place their trust in the NHS at all stages of their lives.

West Lothian will see three swimming pools close their doors for good at the end of August.

A motion is to go before Scottish Border Council next week calling on the Bank of Scotland to reconsider its decision to axe four branches.

A minister has cried foul to a bid for a law change which would penalise dog owners who allow their pooches to poop on sports fields.

A homeowners driveway is being investigated by council officials for being too short.

A decision to refuse plans to turn a house into flats over the size of garden has been overturned.

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

A bid to create a food takeaway in a shipping container in a Midlothian park has been rejected.

Midlothian’s loss is the Scottish Borders gain as approval was rubber-stamped today for the relocation of a successful timber business.

Young people from the length and breadth of Scotland travelled to the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative National Event.

Midlothian's oldest local festival and one of Scotland's largest traditional children's gala days takes place in Loanhead this Saturday.

The number of people fined for not wearing seatbelts went up by a staggering 525 per cent in Midlothian.

Ideal Heating expands UK training footprint with investment in new Scottish training facility.

Police used a Taser on a man who threatened them with an aggressive dog during a house raid in Midlothian.

This highly sought-after award is part of the Accreditation Scheme in Scotland which is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland.

The first pipes to supply the brand new Shawfair Town in Midlothian with low-carbon heating have been installed, with construction on the site now well-underway.

A final operational plan for Edinburgh’s George Street and First New Town (GNT) project was approved by Transport and Environment Committee today.

Where can you find connections between Mary Queen of Scots, Bonny Prince Charlie and castrated male sopranos?

Claims one in three Scots now live alone are being used to support an appeal against the refusal.

National volunteering and social change charity Volunteering Matter has received funding from the Midlothian Community Mental Health and Wellbeing fund

A performing arts school in the heart of the capital is geared up to welcome budding young performers to its summer programmes.

Midlothian’s former mining communities need targeted investment to overcome Margaret Thatcher’s legacy, according to a new report.

The introduction of the eRCVs to their fleet is the first major step to decarbonising the Council’s approximately 200 trucks.

A food takeaway owner who was named a Local Hero by business leaders was refused permission to open his first snack van.

Pupils from Beeslack and Penicuik High Schools have been given an opportunity to experience some hands on training repairing and restoring stone boundary walls.

More than a year after the Scottish Government introduced new laws requiring all houses to have interlinked fire alarms installed.

The booming nail bar business in West Lothian may soon be licensed to tackle concerns over safety standards and modern slavery.

Auditors have told East Lothian Council to expect a bigger bill this year after they ruled several of its internal controls were unreliable.

A dispute over ‘doctored’ photographs will be on the agenda next week when a Midlothian timber yard’s bid to relocate is decided.

West Lothian Council is to push for a change in planning laws to demand more bungalows be built.

East Lothian Council paid out less than £100 in compensation for pothole damage last year, despite receiving more than 40 claims from drivers.

Two Midlothian women have just completed 13 half marathons in 13 days to raise money for a Midlothian children's charity.

Rogue traders could restrict access to the already limited times the public will be able to get into West Lothian’s recycling centres.

A furniture school is giving graduates the chance to rent work benches in two new workshops.

A new battery storage plant in Berwickshire will contribute to the drive towards net zero emissions.

A 14-year-old boy who died following an incident at St Kentigern’s Academy in the Blackburn area has been named.

Trustees of a charity set up to help the poor have been warned they are at risk of failing to meet their responsibilities.

Eight young Penicuik footballers set about cleaning a stone erected in memory of a local mining disaster.

 Entries open for Melville’s 2023 Great gardens contest.

Bighearted Midlothian pupils have urged their MP “listen to us, we have great ideas.”

An interim Edinburgh Council boss is to leave his job less than a month after he started.

The work of mental health teams in Midlothian has been hailed as ‘inspirational’ by a local councillor.

Edinburgh City Council’s licensing scheme for short-term lets has been ripped up by a judge.

The X62 operates to and from Galashiels to Edinburgh, via Innerleithen, Peebles and Penicuik.

New increased fees for charging electric cars in East Lothian will make it more expensive than buying petrol.

An Edinburgh councillor was ‘shouted and pointed at’ by a coach driver after he pulled them up for parking.

Edinburgh’s long-awaited tram line through Leith is here at last but already attention is turning to the next extension.

Rosewell Development Trust have announced that they have been awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award by Volunteer Scotland.

Developers of an award-winning housing estate have been ordered to work with neighbouring residents.

Plans to keep elements of the controversial West Lothian Spaces for People programme welcomed by councillors.