Care home decor affecting residents quality of life

A small care home has been ordered to redecorate or find new premises after inspectors raised concerns over ‘tired decor’ and design.

A couple who wanted to put a boundary fence around their garden were told they could not because it gave pedestrians a safe place to escape vehicles on the road.

A new administration is to lead Scottish Borders Council forward after a coalition was formed in the wake of last week’s local elections.

The launch of a survey into parking in West Lothian has shown just how strong feelings on the subject are.

Edinburgh’s Labour group is awaiting a decision from party chiefs on whether to form another council coalition with the SNP.

The political future of Scottish Borders Council hangs in the balance as talks are launched this week in a bid to form a new administration.

A nursing home which closed after care chiefs suspended its licence following a shocking inspection report is to be turned into housing.

People who live and work in Midlothian are being asked to help set out a new vision for Dalkeith town centre.

Midlothian SNP have agreed the positions of Group Leader and Deputy.

The SNP are set to take control of Midlothian Council after returning as the biggest party in the elections.

The local council elections take place tomorrow, Thursday 5th May.

Bus services in Berwickshire were revolutionised this week with the launch of a new rural service.

A mum of two from Dalkeith who is facing the onset of Huntington’s disease is speaking out to build greater understanding about the incurable and devastating condition.

Fears that Ukrainian families who have fled to East Lothian could end up on the council’s homeless list have been raised by officials.

Councillors in Midlothian gave more than £500,000 to community projects after being allocated personal funds during the pandemic.

Nicola Sturgeon has suggested a deal with the Greens could be the way forward in Edinburgh if the SNP are returned as the largest party.

Edinburgh residents who drive into Midlothian should be charged in ‘retaliation’ for any congestion charge introduce by the city’s council, candidates for the local elections have been told.

Last night the Midlothian East candidates took part in a hustings organised by the Eskbank & Newbattle Community Council and Midlothian View.

Sharing a border with neighbouring East Lothian, Midlothian East has a large rural population and concerns about new housing developments in the countryside are never far from people’s minds.

A water-logged football pitch and mystery surrounding the location of a new secondary school have dominated the news in this ward over the last year.

Water-based deaths increased in 2021 from previous year, reports Water Incident Database.

View written by Bill Kerr-Smith, the Green Party candidate in the Midlothian East Ward.

New study from leading safety charity RoSPA finds e-scooters five times safer than bicycles.

There are seven candidates from five parties standing in the Dalkeith Ward.

There are four candidates competing for the three Bonnyrigg seats on the council.

The candidates for the local elections on Thursday 5th May.

Midlothian Green Party View on the Edinburgh SNP proposal for a congestion charge on commuters from outside Edinburgh.

Midlothian Conservatives Party View on the Edinburgh SNP proposal for a congestion charge on commuters from outside Edinburgh

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon and SNP National Campaign Director Councillor Kelly Parry have launched the party’s national manifesto ahead of the local government elections on May 5th.

The SNP in Edinburgh say they intend to charge Midlothian residents who travel to Edinburgh across the Edinburgh Council boundary.

Letter to the Editor from Midlothian View reader Celia Hobbs.

Two motorcyclists have died this month and five seriously injured in collisions over the Easter weekend.

It’s a legal responsibility and householders are responsible for making sure they respond.

Midlothian South candidate Daniel Fraser is championing home schooling.

After the success of Inception in autumn 2021, the team at Dalkeith Country Park are bringing the art show back to Dalkeith Palace in May.

A couple are being threatened with a £50,000 fine if they do not demolish a garage and sunroom they built four years ago.

A Midlothian electrician has become a star of the small screen after being filmed installing a free alarm system for a vulnerable local resident

Hundreds of elderly patients in Edinburgh are being made to wait more than six months for dementia diagnoses.

An enormous wildflower meadow is being created on the border of Midlothian and East Lothian, between Pathhead and Pencaitland.

Community groups have been given more than £1.5 million in funding from East Lothian Council in recognition of the contribution they make to the county.

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

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 solar farm which will help a research firm reduce its carbon emissions has been given the go ahead by Midlothian planners.

Letter to the Editor from Midlothian View reader Dave Soulsby.

The decision to refuse permission for a new pharmacy to open despite hour-long queues at existing branches shows the system has “gone wrong”, a GP has said.

Here are the Conservative and Unionist candidates for the Scottish local elections which take place on 5th May.

Reaction to the council's decision to severely restrict parking options for visitors and users of the Midlothian reservoir.

Lidl has opened its new store at Straiton Retail Park in Midlothian.

Here are the Scottish Liberal Democrats' candidates for the Scottish local elections which take place on 5th May.

As the Masters tees off today, novice and keen golfers alike can join the professionals and play a round on the famous Augusta National.

The Poltonhall Galaday Committee have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Galaday this year.

Midlothian View is teaming up with the Eskbank & Newbattle Community Council to organise a local hustings for the Midlothian East ward.

Young people in Bonnyrigg are being given the opportunity to connect with nature by planting and caring for their own ‘Wee Forest.’

A new campaign to attract visitors to Midlothian is being launched this week by Midlothian Tourism Forum.

The Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce held their Business Awards 2022 last week.

Dalkeith Rotary Club have been busy restoring the run-down garden area of a women’s refuge.

Expansion driven by significant rise in demand for returnable glass bottles from doorstep delivery customers in Edinburgh and Lothian.

Midlothian Conservative and Unionist Association have announced their candidates for the 2022 Local Government Elections on May 5th.

The Scottish National Party has announced that it will stand eleven candidates in Midlothian.

Midlothian Council’s land and countryside team is creating a new avenue of trees in Penicuik thanks to a donation by a local electronics firm

A Conservative MSP was accused of ‘inappropriate’ conduct at an Edinburgh Council meeting after she disagreed with an officer.

An investigation into plans to build houses on a former petrol station has been launched by the Scottish Government Reporter.

Seven of Midlothian’s councillors have chosen not to stand in next month’s election with one ward seeing all three of its elected members step down.

Football club set to cash in after they solve major headache for parents.

The Scottish Green Party have announced their candidates for the Scottish local elections which take place on 5th May.

Campaigners who have lost a battle to stop a rural site being turned into an ‘isolated commuter desert.’

Midlothian MP led a House of Commons debate last night on War Pensions and Armed Forces Pay.

A third of Midlothian Council-owned lock-ups are currently empty with one in five garage sites also unused.

Melville and Cycling Scotland help out with eco-friendly bench.

Midlothian Labour has announced the names of their candidates to contest the Local Government elections on May 5th.

A community council which has been fighting to help local residents for more than 30 years is facing being disbanded because of a lack of members.

A dad’s long battle to build a house in the countryside has been won by his family who took it on after he died from Covid.

Abandoned caravans left in the old Mayfield Leisure centre car park have been causing concern amongst the locals.

Children and young people in Midlothian are to benefit from a further £208,000 of Scottish Government money to support their mental health and wellbeing.

A waste recycling firm ordered to stop operations has appealed claiming the rules were too ‘vague’.

Environment minister visits Whitehill estate and encourages people to take part in community conversation.

Lidl has confirmed when its new supermarket at Straiton Retail Park will open.

A disused yard which has become a fly-tipping hotspot has been given the go ahead for housing despite warnings.

A builders yard operator has been ordered to cease operations after losing a planning appeal.

Traffic using the M90 will be diverted over the Forth Road Bridge on the night of Saturday 26 March.

Tenants of Melville Housing Association are to see big improvements to their homes over the coming year

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

Miners convicted of offences during the 1984-85 strike should be given an automatic pardon to help heal divides in former mining communities says committee.

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.

Food firms in Midlothian have been warned they face a crackdown if they are caught putting profit before public health.

A public consultation seeking the views of Borderers on a proposed active travel route between those two locations is now open.

Taxi fares in Midlothian could rise by up to 20% as councillors are asked to consider the first increase in rates for six years.

Crown Estate Scotland launches next stage of community conversation on Whitehill estate.

Dalkeith Palace is set to open its doors for a selection of exciting art, design and cultural events throughout 2022.

Craig Hoy MSP, South of Scotland, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

Hawick and Newcastleton could risk losing out on a proposed extension of the Borders railway.

The Queensferry Crossing has remained open in high winds on more than 100 occasions when the Forth Road Bridge is likely to have closed to some or all traffic.

Local MSP Christine Grahame has encouraged anyone who is in a position to do so to support the humanitarian effort in Ukraine.

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

The John Muir Award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.

Local politicians call for corporate sponsorship pathway for Ukrainians of Midlothian company.

Local residents are being reminded to check they can vote in the next Local Government Elections on the 5th May.

Owen Thompson MP has called for the UK Government to lift visa restrictions for refugees fleeing from the war in Ukraine.

An urgent action plan is being drawn up to address the criticisms outlined in a damning independent inquiry report.

Tree planted in the courtyard at Restoration Yard in Dalkeith Country Park in memory of Karen Henderson.

A brass band is taking ownership of a community hall for just £1,000 after councillors were told it needed up to £550,000 of repairs.

Provost and Conservative Group Leader Peter Smaill takes stock of last week's decision to raise Council Tax in Midlothian.

Midlothian Council is on track to meet its five year target of having 1,000 council homes either built or under construction.

A bid to build 308 houses on the edge of Gorebridge has been taken to Scottish Ministers after planners took too long to make a decision.

A bid to replace giant disused chicken sheds with housing was knocked back by officials because the owner demolished the sheds before applying.

A spokesperson for Midlothian Council said that current lighting outside school buildings was there for security reasons.

Developers have come under fire after they accused councillors of having an “unjustified prejudice” against controversial plans.

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

A damning report into Scottish Borders Council’s handling of allegations of attacks on vulnerable pupils with learning disabilities was made public today.

Violent crime has increased over 25% as the night time economy returns in Midlothian, police have revealed.

An Edinburgh primary school is set to ditch cartoned milk for pupils’ mid-morning break as part of a councillor’s bid to drive down waste.

More than half of homes firefighters were called to in Midlothian over the last three months of last year did not have a working smoke alarm in them.

Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan has praised the “fantastic” partnership working bringing major improvements to Poltonhall Recreation Ground.

Karen's family have chosen The Loft at Restoration Yard to locate the Karen's Collection pop-up shop.

The catholic primary school which has no pupils will close and be reused for additional support need youngsters.

A bid to increase council tax by nearly 5% in Midlothian was narrowly defeated as councillors clashed over the charges.

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.

Gorebridge and Moorfoot communities are working together on a Community Action Plan 2022-2027.

People are having to queue outside for up to an hour to pick up prescriptions in a Midlothian.

Work is now underway on a major new cycling and walking route linking the east and the west of the Capital.

The NWH Group based in Mayfield, Dalkeith, has broken ground at the site of its new construction and demolition waste recycling wash plant

Road policing officers are appealing for information after a crash involving a school bus and a car in Midlothian.

The money will be spent on a document management system for the millions of files associated with the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry.

One of the largest offshore windfarms in the world could be created.

ScotRail will be making timetable changes to the Borders Railway from May, which will see two trains per hour during the day operating.

Plans for new housing at the site of a motorhome company are set to be put out for public consultation.

Written by Ross Laird, local coordinator for the Scottish Lib Dems in Midlothian.

A giant spectator stand which has has stood on the top of a hill for more than 15 years is finally coming down.

Midlothian Council is paving the way by building 182 green council homes of the future.

Owen Thompson MP has urged MPs from all parties to get behind his bill to tackle cronyism.

The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership wants to hear people’s views on its draft regional transport strategy.

This week the Coal Authority shared more information about its latest project to protect and enhance the environment in Scotland.

Work has started to build a 40-bedroom care complex and 46 extra care flats alongside a day-care unit.

The future of Scotland’s town centres and how the changing nature of retail and e-commerce has impacted them is to be investigated

Dalkeith Country Park, including Restoration Yard, is embarking on a new two-year charity partnership with secondary breast cancer charity Make Seconds Count’s Karen Henderson Legacy Fund.

Edinburgh Council is set to issue Compulsory Purchase Orders for several plots of land in West Edinburgh as part a new active travel route.

The Edinburgh Low Emission Zone gets Green support despite no changes.

Midlothian Chair of the Police, Fire and Rescue Scrutiny Board calls for the end of the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements by Police Scotland.

A Borders village shop which has provided a lifeline to the community it serves is set to have its lifespan extended

Parents urged the council to consider further options for a dedicated city centre campus.

Work to establish the real impact of Brexit on council services has been commissioned by Midlothian Council.

A site visit to a former school at the centre of a controversial housing plan is to be be carried out as part of an appeal.

Little more than half of Edinburgh’s council houses have been upgraded to meet new fire safety regulations coming into effect from next month.

Scottish Labour have won a decisive council by-election victory as it was claimed Conservative voters stayed away from polling stations.

Specialists tackling pollution in the River Esk in East Lothian have brought in a tanker to try and remove the waste.

West Lothian Council is facing an additional £12.5m of cuts as a result of the Scottish Government’s draft budget.

Melville Housing Association achieve the Scottish National Standard for Information and Advice Providers for a fourth time.

DTP Print merges with Southfield Stationers to create Edinburgh’s largest digital print and gift producer

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has called for an independent inquiry into failures of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation schemes.

He was speaking as the cross party working group of councillors face a budget gap of £13.5 million for the year ahead

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 bid to build a two-storey extension rejected after its design was ruled not “bold enough” by planners.

The leader of Edinburgh City Council says he has been inundated with thousands of “blatantly racist” emails.

The Coal Authority has been developing proposals for a treatment scheme in Dalkeith to remove metals from the mine water in the South Esk.

Wildlife experts have urged planners to ensure new fencing at a house in Eskbank includes hedgehog holes to allow access through the garden.

Dog owners are being warned to keep their pets out of a polluted river after five swans were taken to a rescue centre for treatment.

A new Costa drive-thru is set to be developed as part of a small business development near Sheriffhall Roundabout.

A Cross-Party Group on beer and pubs has been established by Members of the Scottish Parliament.

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

Midlothian Council is asking local people to fill in a short survey about how to encourage more people to walk and cycle.

The Pharmacy Practices Committee’s decision has rejected the appeal of the application for a pharmacy in Rosewell.

New laws which will stop sex clubs opening in East Lothian could be in place by January next year.

A further 221 homes have been given the go ahead at a housing development in Penicuik.

The High Court rules the use of the ’VIP lanes’ for awarding lucrative Covid contracts to be unlawful.

Musselburgh has been named as the best place to house sex clubs and adult entertainment venues in East Lothian.

Plans to build a “new village” on a former school site in the countryside have been rejected by councillors.

Sarah Boyack, Labour MSP for the Lothian Region, writes her first monthly column for Midlothian View.

Owen Thompson MP has called for the Prime Minister to “do the decent thing” and resign.

First facility in Scotland for Disabled people to access bespoke personal training has opened in Straiton, Midlothian.

Registration is now open for the council’s charged garden waste service in 2022.

A bid to replace timber frames with plastic on a modern house in a conservation area would have been allowed if the design had been better.

Concerns about a country lane being used to access a dog park were dismissed by councillors after a virtual drive up.

Anyone aged 21 or under in Midlothian can now apply for a new card to allow them to travel on the bus for free.

The locations of the most and least thoughtful people in the UK have been revealed and it's good news for Midlothian.

More than 7,500 people have been told of a partner’s abusive past since the launch of a scheme six years ago to help tackle domestic abuse.

The father of a teenage student who died after his drink was allegedly spiked has called for a national approach to tackle the crime.

Plans for a 5G mast in the middle of a residential area have been thrown out by Edinburgh City Council.

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

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.

Christine Grahame MSP has raised issues facing town centres, particularly the blight of empty and decaying shops with untraceable landlords, in parliament.

Scouts launch campaign to recruit volunteers in Midlothian to help young people recover from the pandemic.

Delays on a decision for a new housing estate in the countryside have sparked an appeal to Scottish Ministers.

The Edinburgh Boiler Company has reported a record turnover of £4.4 million following a year of unprecedented growth as it moves into its new headquarters in Hardengreen.

An attempt to stop Edinburgh pupils being asked about sex and relationships in a controversial school survey has been blocked by city councillors.

Colin Beattie MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh asked the Scottish Government if they could provide an update on the proposed works.

Dalkeith-based Melville Housing Association has made donations totalling £2,800 to charities that help struggling households.

The latest update on the location of a new secondary school in Midlothian has again been heard in private because of “commercial confidentiality”.

The name of a council’s new finance boss sparked an unusual debate during a meeting – after one councillor said he could not use her title.

The money will be invested in replacing town centre CCTV cameras after it was revealed nearly one in three do not work.

Detectives at Dalkeith are appealing for information after an elderly woman in Penicuik was targeted by a fraudster.

Dalkeith Country Park’s Spectacle of Light and Santa Fun Run are set to raise vital funds for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) this Christmas

Ross Laird, Midlothian Scottish Lib Dems, writes his column for Midlothian View.

Local charity Play Midlothian, which started in 1996, is celebrating 25 years of play.

Supermarket giant Tesco has lost a bid to avoid paying interest on a £400,000 overdue payment towards new schools in Musselburgh.

After Covid delay, Patrick Henderson finally receives apprentice of the year award from SJIB and Edmundson Electrical.

Plans to build a drive-through coffee shop in a supermarket car park have been rejected.

Midlothian residents’ efforts to recycle increasing amounts of household waste have been commended following a recent study by Edinburgh University

New ‘smart’ wind turbines which could save the lives of wildlife and produce more power are set to be trialled.

Owen Thompson MP is today bringing the long-fought campaign to restore Midlothian’s historic Mavisbank House to Westminster.

Ross Laird, Midlothian Scottish Lib Dems, writes his column for Midlothian View.

SELECT issues reminder as February deadline approaches for launch of new legislation on heat, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The Scottish accordionist will dazzle residents at a Loanhead care home every month.

Penicuik’s community owned and volunteer run shop and café opened its Christmas local makers fayre on Saturday.

Print Scotland, the trade association and voice of Scotland’s graphic communication industry, has elected Susan Graham, managing director of Dalkeith based FLB Group.

A bid to turn a ‘troubled’ greenbelt site into housing will go before Scottish Ministers for a final ruling.

The Scottish Government has come under fire for pushing ahead with proposals for the biggest overhaul of social work services in more than 50 years during the pandemic.

Vital new affordable homes, all for social rent by Melville Housing Association.

Police Scotland is advising the public to be vigilant after a recent telephone bank scam in East Lothian.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has signed up to the campaign to introduce paid leave for families who experience a miscarriage before 24 weeks.

Trial aims to divert traffic if the Queensferry Crossing has to close.

Domestic abusers could face eviction from council houses under tough new measures to protect their victims in Midlothian.

Midlothian councillors support the development of a new strategy to tackle and ‘eradicate’ violence against females.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Motorists are being advised not to drive and members of the public not to travel.

The 19th century town hall has been brought up to date with green technology at the heart of its £700,000 restoration.

BEAR Scotland is warning road users ahead of Storm Arwen's arrival on the east coast of Scotland.

Early bird tickets now on sale for festival including headliners The Kooks and Ministry of Sound Classical plus Shed Seven, Circa Waves, Sister Sledge, The Magic Gang, The Futureheads, Callum Beattie and many more.

The first named storm of winter is on its way and BEAR Scotland is primed to tackle whatever weather conditions Storm Arwen brings.

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

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, has today announced that the UK Government has u-turned on the decision to close Glencorse Barracks.

West Lothian Council is to write to Nicola Sturgeon demanding the February deadline for fitting new interlinked fire and smoke alarms be pushed back.

A decision on controversial plans to build a housing estate on a former residential school in the countryside has been delayed after officials failed to send the paperwork to councillors in time.

BEAR Scotland and its well-loved team of gritters are geared up and ready to tackle Scotland’s infamous winter weather as temperatures drop.

Angela McShane, who survived a serious road incident over ten years ago, will share her powerful story to help raise awareness of the risks of drug and drink-driving.

Almost £1.5m is to be spent across West Lothian through a Covid recovery fund.

Ash Dieback disease could cost West Lothian up to £12 million over the next 18 years.

A homeowner who wanted to replace his beachfront windows with plastic frames has won an appeal after claiming they were better for the environment.

The cost of educating pupils in East Lothian has been revealed with the county’s cheapest and most expensive schools in the same town.

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

Pubs will be warned they face losing their licence if they fail to stop spiking incidents on their premises in a new campaign.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson MP launched a scathing attack on the chronic cronyism and corruption at Westminster and called for root-and-branch reform.

Police were called in to investigate claims of harassment and intimidation attempts targeted at councillors in Midlothian.

Jonathan Heawood asks whether Scotland has found a smart new way to fund public interest news.

Calls for an all-weather football pitch in Loanhead have been rejected amid concern it would lead to more communities demanding help.

Phil Gooding – Senior Statistician for Consumer Prices Inflation, Office for National Statistics - explains how inflation is measured.

Councillors have approved school session dates for the three academic years from August 2022 to the end of June 2025.

AM Bid, Scotland’s leading bid and tender specialist, has reported it has exceeded forecasts in recording a £1 million turnover.

Calls for an all-weather football pitch in a Midlothian town are being made after the local club had to cancel games because of rain.

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

Questioned by South of Scotland MSP Craig Hoy, the Deputy First Minister of Scotland has admitted that there are “a number of issues” with the booster vaccine appointments system in Midlothian.

Craig Hoy MSP, South of Scotland, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

A £20 million ‘green’ energy project which will have the same carbon impact as taking 1200 cars off the road has been given a boost after planners waived the need for additional reports.

Jim Muirhead, Midlothian Council Deputy Leader, gives his view.

Local MSP Christine Grahame has welcomed news that Scottish Borders Council has admitted liability in the civil case brought against them by parents of children who were abused by a teacher.

A new service to ensure cancer patients are offered emotional, practical and financial support has been launched in Edinburgh and the Lothians today.

Plans to build 134 affordable houses on a former high school’s playing fields in Midlothian have been lodged.

Owen Thompson MP has called for a return to a proxy voting scheme for MPs who cannot attend the House in person for legitimate health reasons.

The number of fly-tipping complaints in West Lothian has plunged over the last three months, reversing years of soaring costs to tackle the problem.

The Newtongrange Guerrilla Gardeners have been recognised by Action Earth for their hard work transforming the Midlothian village.

Woodburn Primary School playground has been transformed thanks to a collaboration with the arts group, Dalkeith Arts.

On the first anniversary of a ground-breaking Midlothian Council project, nine care-experienced young people are being supported to live independent, fulfilled lives.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has joined the charity Sepsis Research FEAT on a visit to the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute in Midlothian.

Midlothian Council is continuing to progress with its innovative new build housing programme which is funded through the Housing Revenue Capital Account.

A green-fingered tenant from Mayfield in Midlothian has won this year’s ‘Baxter Keiller Award’ for her outstanding Melville Housing Association garden.

Shirley-Anne Somerville said new qualifications will be developed to ensure learners’ achievements are fairly recognised.

Tributes are being paid to East Lothian Council leader, Councillor Willie Innes, who has died following a long illness.

Cabinet Secretary welcomes latest phase in £7.7m Bilston project

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

Detectives in Midlothian are appealing for information after a man was seriously injured following an incident in Bonnyrigg.

Midlothian MP, Owen Thompson, reacts to the horrific murder of fellow MP Sir David Amess.

There is no place in Scotland for flat roofs councillors warned this week, after plans for a new care village included them in the design.

Families of primary school children who are still missing out on hot school meals should be given food packages rather than cash to support them, a councillor has said.

Letter to the Editor from Laura Kerby, Myeloma UK Chief Executive

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

Ross Laird, Midlothian Scottish Lib Dems, writes a column for Midlothian View.

Plans for a new council-owned care village on the site of a former primary school received just one objection over a lack of fencing.

Officials were accused of holding councillors “to ransom” after a string of late reports were provided for a Midlothian council meeting.

Lidl has confirmed that its supermarket at Newmills Road, Dalkeith, will re-open on 28 October 2021 at 8am.

Yesterday after a legal challenge by the UK Government the UK Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish Parliament could not enshrine the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scottish law.

The application for Planning in Principle for Melville Gate is due to be placed before Midlothian Councillors this week.

Pensioners and families are living in fear in Midlothian communities because of a rise in antisocial behaviour, councillors have been told.

At the full Council meeting today, Midlothian Council’s Depute Leader Councillor Jim Muirhead explained why Council Leader Councillor Derek Milligan was unable to attend.

NHS Lothian has said that a number of second vaccination appointments have been mistakenly scheduled for 16 and 17-year-olds.

The Queen officially opened the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.

Travellers will see more relaxed rules.

In light of the Sarah Everard murder Police Scotland offer to public.

Edinburgh based Royal Scots Association unveil two national memorials.

Melville Housing Association’s two dedicated Welfare Benefits Advisers play a crucial role in maximising tenant income

Midlothian Council wants to hear your views on proposals to close St Margaret’s RC Primary School in Loanhead.

The risk Brexit poses to Scotland’s fastest growing council has been upgraded as the impact on services and supply begins to appear.

Supermarket giant Tesco has launched a fresh bid to avoid paying interest on £400,000 overdue in contributions towards schooling in Musselburgh.

A homeowner is appealing a decision to stop him replacing windows at his beach front home with plastic frames.

Fresh calls for the reintroduction of community safety officers to tackle antisocial behaviour problems across Midlothian are being made.

Midlothian Council is preparing to welcome five Afghan families, with the first family due to arrive at the end of October.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View

Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership’s flu vaccination programme for 2021 gets underway on Monday 27 September.

Aldi is set to open its brand new store in Dalkeith tomorrow (Thursday 23rd September) at 8am.

Midlothian Council invites you to take part in a consultation for the proposed A701 Relief Road and A702 Link Road.

A series of weekday overnight slip road closures will be implemented on sections of the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass.

Hot meals are still not being served to older children in schools across Midlothian despite being reintroduced by neighbouring councils, it has been revealed.

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

Developers of a multi-million pound business park have been ordered to produce reports on the impact noise from it will have on nearby houses and schools.

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

Councillors have expressed ‘grave’ concerns over plans to turn an empty house into flats.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has called on the UK government to deliver a clear roadmap to capitalise on the “immense” potential of geothermal energy in Scotland

A bid to turn a vacant car showroom into new retail units has been rejected amid concerns over its impact on Penicuik town centre.

Claims a new house would ruin the views from a “well-used” footpath have been dismissed.

Brexit and a lack of drivers has forced a local authority to delay introducing a new recycling scheme after bags were held up in port.

Supporters of a man trying to build a house on a disused yard warned turning him down would be a “travesty” as they backed the plans.

Craig Hoy MSP, South of Scotland, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

Midlothian Council are improving the B7003 Roslin Glen road for the safety of motorists and cyclists.

A former rail yard used in the construction of the Borders Railway could be turned into housing under plans first put forward 13 years ago.

Edinburgh’s World of Football and bowling alley are set to be bulldozed.

A minute’s silence was held in tribute to union stalwart Tom Waterson by health and council colleagues today as new of his sudden death was announced.

The story of a campaign to stop pesticides being used in a tight-knit community has been captured in a new book to raise money for a children’s memorial.

Nearly 200 new homes at the new town of Blindwells have been approved despite a bid by developers to delay improving access off the A1 for a second time.

Work on a huge 1700 home development ‘designed around the happiness and success of its people’ has been delayed amid a struggling over £1.9m of developer contributions.

Scotland’s first carbon neutral waste centre has been given the go ahead to operate on Sundays for one year so it can win lucrative new contracts.

Fears a new railway station will become a “white elephant” have been raised as councillors gave it the go ahead despite not knowing how many trains would use it.

Owen Thompson MP has called for a rethink of the UK Government’s plan to raise National Insurance.

Midlothian Councillor and Provost, Peter Smaill, writes his new monthly column for Midlothian View.

Newly released national statistics show that 93.7% of young adults in Midlothian were in work or had enrolled in further or higher education or training during 2021.

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

The much-anticipated redevelopment of the A720 Sheriffhall roundabout will not be complete until 2027, transport chiefs have revealed.

By popular demand we have created a mechanism for people to subscribe to Midlothian View.

A section of the A720 between Straiton and Lothianburn is set to benefit from upgrades to emergency laybys next week.

Hundreds of new jobs could be created if the warehouse gets the go ahead outside Dalkeith.

The Coal Authority raised no objection to the housing but said the site fell “marginally” into an area designated high risk for hazards.

Midlothian is to welcome the UK’s most prestigious stage race on Saturday 11th September.

A new ‘secret’ location for a secondary school is set to be acquired by Midlothian Council in a matter of weeks.

Spaces for people is making it “impossible” to teach learner drivers safely and creating more dangers on town roads, instructors have claimed.

A cottage extension would look more in place on a Malibu beach house than a conservation village, councillors were told at a meeting this week.

A new holiday retreat on a landfill site could bring more than £4 million to the economy.

Health chiefs were today warned that medicine and drugs will not help people who are suffering from Long Covid.

Efforts to recruit a business manager for councillors were put on hold after it was claimed the salary could be used to fill “1,000 potholes”.

More than half of Midlothian Council’s workforce are now equipped to work from home.

A review of CCTV coverage in Midlothian’s communities is being carried out amid concerns the deteriorating system is putting public safety at risk.

Harrowing footage of desperate families trying to flee Afghanistan was described as deeply moving by councillors as they pledged to support refugees.

Midlothian Council is considering bringing in private contractors to target people responsible for blighting town centres and the countryside with rubbish.

Christmas will come early for pupils in East Lothian this year after term dates were changed to avoid any Covid case clash with Christmas Day.

Talks at advanced stage to take over at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh facility.

The oldest surviving miner in a Midlothian village has unveiled a new welcome sign paying tribute to its mining heritage.

S6 Newbattle High School pupils Beth Aitken and Iona Westaby are among the first in the county to get a free iPad or Google Chromebook.

A state-of-the art women’s health centre which aims to tackle Scotland’s low birth rates has taken a step closer as detailed plans have been revealed.

Detailed plans are now being drawn up for Destination Hillend, including a new carbon neutral main building.

Edinburgh’s ‘Just Eat’ cycles are set to disappear from the capital’s streets next month.

A date has been announced for the Foundation of Hearts to become majority shareholders of Heart of Midlothian.

Drivers who put others at risk by drug driving will be the focus of a campaign over the next few weeks.

Details of school holidays 2021-2022.

Afghan refugees who worked for the British Armed Forces are expected to be offered homes in Midlothian as part of a national scheme.

Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Craig Hoy for South Scotland is urging the SNP to back his party’s plans for a Local Policing Act.

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

Midlothian’s first pump track for BMX bikers, scooter riders and skateboarders has opened at Auld Gala Park in Gorebridge.

Craig Hoy MSP, South of Scotland, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

A second substation to bring offshore energy into the National Grid is set to be given the go ahead at the former Cockenzie Power Station.

A fresh bid to build houses on a ‘troubled’ greenbelt site has been rejected by Midlothian planners over a lack of garden space.

Householders in East Lothian are to have a sixth recycling container added to their homes next month

Council chiefs have been accused of ‘consistently ignoring warnings’ after risking the council’s finances and reputation over Spaces for People schemes.

As pupils across Midlothian receive their exam results today, new figures show significant improvements in attainment levels across the county compared with the five year average.

Normally Midlothian View confines itself to local news but this bit of international news impacts the world everywhere, including Midlothian.

It had been home to advice services for young people in Dalkeith before being closed down by the pandemic, but the 17th century Tolbooth has a much more famous place in local history.

Easter Road and Tynecastle Stadiums' roar to return as Council grants full capacity crowds

‘Mindless thugs’ have been blamed for a decision to introduce a £100 deposit to a publicly funded e-bike hire scheme.

Horrified residents have complained after a blocked sewer left a stream of raw sewage running down a village street during this week’s summer heat.

An historic palace is set to open its doors to the public for the first time in it’s 300-year history.

Concerns have been raised about the environmental damage being caused by campers pitching up on protected areas of Scotland’s coastline.

A £20million ‘green’ energy project which will have the same carbon impact as taking 1200 cars off the road now looks set to be built next to a recycling plant in Midlothian.

Six times as many men now dying from drugs related deaths compared to a decade ago.

The shop chain wants to build a new store at the business park, despite already having a branch just over 800 metres away.

Customers are now able to buy and download Single including Advance and Return tickets straight to their smartphones using a brand new ScotRail app.

All residents in Scotland under the age of 22 will be eligible for free bus travel from 31 January 2022.

Visitors to a busy beach resort were left crossing their legs at the weekend after the toilets had to be closed because of blockages.

Following attempts to gain access to sheds, garages and houses in Midlothian recently Midlothian Police would like to remind residents of a few simple hints to assist in securing your property.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Necklace of Days is a participative arts project launched on 1st January 2021 with the intention of telling the story of the year as it unfolds.

Petrol station owners have been dealt a double blow after they were refused permission for a drive-thru coffee shop and ordered to cut their grass at the same time.

McDonald’s has lost its fight to open a drive-thru in Musselburgh after an appeal to Scottish Ministers was thrown out.

Every Member of the Scottish Parliament is being asked to nominate one of their constituents.

Concerns for the safety of women over plans for outside tables at a Loanhead restaurant have been dismissed by officials but permission was still denied.

A bid to bring wild salmon back to a stretch of river made famous by hit show Outlander is moving forward.

A ban on fans in Scottish care homes has been reversed by public health officials in Scotland after providers challenged an order to remove them from rooms during a heatwave.

"Many of the factors which contribute to poor health and health inequalities such as housing education, work and income, are the same as those which contribute to the risk of offending, reoffending and becoming a victim of crime."

It has been announced that The Tour of Britain cycle race will come through Pathhead, Dalkeith, Eskbank and Lasswade as part of one of two Scottish stages that will round out the weeklong Tour.

Ombudsman's report confirms failings in the way the UK Government communicated about the State Pension age rise.

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

Midlothian Council held a meeting in private to decide on a new location for the long awaited replacement for Beeslack High School.

A Midlothian distillery will be able to produce five times more gin than it currently can after being given the go ahead to expand.

Craig Hoy MSP, South of Scotland, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

Colin Beattie MSP refutes claims made that plans to deliver improvements to Sheriffhall Roundabout are to be scrapped.

Local MP urges a rethink and vows to support any campaign to save the centre.

Dandara East Scotland applied for a change to conditions to allow them to add the extra ‘new Scottish House type” homes to their site at Eskbank North.

Calls for permanent tribute have been made after a local community group unearthed part of their history.

Officers warned not to get "carried away" with town centre regeneration plan v.1

Adoption UK is warning of a mental health emergency amongst some of the UK’s most vulnerable children, caused by failings in a system that is not set up to meet their needs.

A document to be discussed at the full council meeting next week proposes radical changes to or the demolition of council buildings in Dalkeith.

Campaigning trade association SELECT has welcomed a number of new additions to its Wall of Support which promotes its ongoing crusade for regulation of the electrical industry.

Edinburgh City Council has voted to retain its Spaces for People schemes for at least another 18 months.

Additional car parking, entrance paths, cycle parking and toilet facilities are to be created in the Pentland Hills Regional Park after two separate funding bids to Visit Scotland were successful.

His family were on a picnic and didn't know the people who had been there earlier had doused a fire with sand.

A bid by housebuilders to double the number of new homes set to be built in East Lothian over the next decade is being opposed by councillors.

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

If you are have a retail, hospitality, leisure or aviation businesses impacted by COVID-19 then you can can apply for 100% business rates relief during 2021-22.

Owen Thompson writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

Auditors have called for more scrutiny to be given to Midlothian Council’s investment policy after it put £13million into a local authority which ran out of cash.

Health in Mind, a Scottish mental health and wellbeing charity, looks to spark creative connections at the end of Loneliness Week.

New plans for a warehouse and business units on a site previously earmarked for a film studio are expected to be lodged with Midlothian Council.

Council takes next steps toward polluting car ban but Spaces for People decision delayed

External auditors produce review report of Midlothian Council’s treasury management.

Retired East Lothian MSP Iain Gray has revealed his biggest regret is not being able to become Scotland’s First Minister.

Taxpayers are being made to foot the bill after Marketing Edinburgh has been fined for failing to file its accounts two years in a row.

Frustration over the lack of progress towards a flyover at Sheriffhall Roundabout has sparked concerns over a new business park plan for Midlothian.

East Lothian’s police chief has warned that a new McDonald’s drive-thru in Musselburgh will lead to a rise in anti-social behaviour and public nuisance.

Local MSP Craig Hoy has welcomed the announcement of the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange as the Midlothian Climate Beacon for the COP26 summit.

The Green Apple Gold Award for Environmental Best Practice was presented to Dalkeith-based Melville Housing Association.

A farm owner has won the right to turn holiday cottages into homes after arguing that the Covid-19 crisis has wiped two years of bookings out.

Residents, businesses and organisations across south east Scotland are being urged to take part in a major upcoming consultation to help shape the economic future of the region.

Over the coming months we will be publishing videos about Midlothian, news, views, things to do and places to visit.

Police Scotland is investigating the high-value theft of e-scooters from a business premises in Loanhead.

Older vehicles that produce higher emissions are set to be banned from the city centre, with heavy fines for drivers who fail to comply.

Spaces for People measures around the city’s shopping districts are set to be scrapped but some of the more controversial schemes are set to be retained for a further 18 months.

A private nursing home that was been given weeks by the Care Inspectorate to improve its fire safety procedures or lose its registration has decided to close.

Buccleuch Property is to bring forward proposals for the construction on the land at Sheriffhall South, Gilmerton Road / Melville Gate, Dalkeith.

CJ Lang who operate SPAR stores throughout Scotland have announced that they intend to close 31 of their Post Office branches which includes the Woodburn branch in Dalkeith.

Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Craig Hoy has criticised the SNP Government for failing to secure sustainable long-term employment opportunities for people in Midlothian.

Midlothian Council is set to receive £252,000 from the Scottish Government to encourage children to play and socialise as part of the recovery from the pandemic.

Sending a carrier pigeon would be easier than trying to book anything online on Midlothian Council’s website, one of its councillors has said.

Crops in every field farmed in Scotland have been recorded by satellite imagery to create a new interactive map to helping to breakdown agricultural land use.

People aged 40 and over, who require a first or second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, can drop-in to Gorebridge vaccination centre in the leisure centre.

The impact of Covid lockdowns on East Lothian’s pupils will continue for years to come, councillors have been warned.

Edinburgh Council is looking to develop 20-Minute Neighbourhoods to meet Edinburgh residents’ needs better locally.

Craig Hoy, MSP for the South of Scotland, writes his first column for Midlothian View.

A police sting operation, targeting antisocial behaviour and violence towards Lothian Buses drivers, has resulted in 38 children and young people being charged with offences.

Work starts next week on the latest phase of the building work and will last 38 weeks.

Police Scotland has today released its Q4 Management of Information data for the end of March 2020, to the beginning of April 2021.

Controversial plans to build housing between two communities have been thrown out after it was ruled they would lead to “significant erosion of the green belt”.

Midlothian will not move into Level 1 restrictions on Saturday after cases in the county remained higher than average.

Police Scotland has joined forces with partners in the Lothians and Scottish Borders in a scheme to help trace vulnerable missing people, such as those with dementia.

With increased collisions between deer and vehicles at this time of year NatureScot is warning motorists to slow down and be on the lookout for deer on the road.

Police sent a decoy bus out at weekends in Midlothian to catch youths who had been targeting local bus services.

The brave mother of Christopher Nelson, who sadly drowned in 2015, has tackled her fear of water by completing a swimming relay in the loch where her son’s ashes are scattered.

Road named to recognise the courage and sacrifice of Jane Haining, a Church of Scotland missionary, who died in Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.

Police Scotland officers across the country took part in a UK-wide week of activity targeting County Lines drugs dealers.

The strategic document for housing in the area sets out the key housing issues to be addressed across all accommodation in Midlothian.

Dog-free zones to protect wildlife could be introduced in East Lothian’s countryside under new rules to protect the county’s coastal landscape.

Coastal car park charges across East Lothian will increase by 20 per cent from August 16th.

MYPAS receives a multi-year National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund to support young LGBT+ people of East Lothian and Midlothian.

The club met His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge, to discuss the club's Mental Health Programme.

East Lothian MP Kenny MacAskill has called on the UK and Scottish Governments to act over the “shameful” rise in child poverty revealed in new research.

Council is set to close the book on the controversial ‘statutory repairs’ saga, by admitting it cannot recoup £2.3m of debt owed to the council by affected homeowners.

Concern that new housing near an industrial estate could create a “rod for the back” of future councillors has been raised.

Dalkeith, Danderhall, Newtongrange and Penicuik Libraries are now open to the public for bookable limited browsing.

Local businesses have been affected as people have stayed away from Dalkeith whilst South Street is closed.

The daily cost of using coastal car parks in East Lothian could go up by 25 per cent from August.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo announces the cancellation of its 2021 Show.

Christine Grahame MSP has called for an independent inquiry into Scottish Borders Council’s handling of abuse allegations at the Tweeddale Support Unit in Peebles

First and second year pupils at a Midlothian high school have been told to stay home as Covid cases continue to rise in the county.

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

Identical holiday cottage bookings can cost hundreds more depending on the booking site, Which? finds.

The official countdown is on to celebrate the UK’s sporting legacy for National Sporting Heritage Day.

Dalkeith Police Station will no longer have lock-up facilities under new plans to downgrade its custody centre.

A primary school closed after a Covid outbreak is to remain shut for another week as cases continue to increase.

Children and young people in Midlothian are to benefit again in 2021 from extra Scottish Government funding.

A public consultation is underway to help inform a new three-year Community Learning and Development Plan for Midlothian.

Lothian MSP, Alison Johnstone, has been elected as the Scottish Parliament’s sixth Presiding Officer.

Councillor Margot Russell has been appointed as Midlothian’s first Older People’s Champion.

An outbreak of positive Covid-19 cases at a popular beauty spot has seen the numbers in Midlothian go from just two to 33 in the space of one week.

People are being urged to return to Dalkeith town centre after a decision to reintroduce car park charges was suspended.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has been confirmed as the SNP Chief Whip on a permanent basis.

Midspace is an online place containing local information about mental health and wellbeing services.

A Homeless Prevention Fund will be trialled by Midlothian Council offering support to people facing eviction or losing their homes.

Residents did not receive the pain medication they needed when they were dying because of “incompetent” nursing staff.

This View has been written by Dominic Ashmole, the Scottish Green Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

Mosaics depicting everything from a Minecraft character to 'Caring Cats' are brightening up Woodburn Primary School playground.

Communities will take part in 10 consultations over the future of their schools in the next three years.

Council workers could be given an extra day’s holiday to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee next summer.

The acceptance speech of Colin Beattie, SNP, the successful candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

This View has been written by Stephen Curran, the Scottish Labour Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

The SNP held Midlothian North and Musselburgh as incumbent MSP Colin Beattie was returned to the post by voters.

The turbines have been given the go-ahead, despite objections, after Scottish Ministers agreed it would take an impact of “overwhelming importance” to stop them.

The owners of former council houses are terrified Edinburgh City Council is trying to take their homes from them.

This View has been written by Stephen Curran, the Scottish Labour Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

Karen Henderson Legacy Fund and ‘The 500 mile challenge’ launch in aid of Make 2nds Count.

This View has been written by Michael Banks, the Vanguard Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

The prospect of a hard border has alarmed community leaders either side of the Scotland/England dividing line.

Penicuik resident, renowned scientist and human rights activist, Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, has today been named the new Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University.

A former supermarket’s first floor could be converted into flats under new plans for Penicuik town centre.

This View has been written by Shona Haslam, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Colin Beattie, the Scottish National Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

Pandemic fundraising will pay for day trips and activities.

This View has been written by Christine Grahame, the Scottish National Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Katherine Sangster, the Scottish Labour Party's and Scottish Co-operative Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Iain Whyte, the Scottish Conservatives and Unionist Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

This View has been written by AC May, the Scottish Liberal Democrats's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

Contractors sprayed weedkiller around a primary school, despite a council pledge to make it a no-go area amid concern over the use of glyphosate in the community.

This View has been written by Michael Banks, the Vanguard Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

Temporary toilets are set to be installed on the Meadows and in Portobello, to combat the public urination and defecation witnessed during the recent sunny weather.

This View has been written by Colin Beattie, the Scottish National Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

A new course, which launched this week, will provide people in the region with a direct progression route into a health care support worker role.

This View has been written by Alison Johnstone, Green lead candidate for the Lothian Regional List.

This View has been written by Stephen Curran, the Scottish Labour Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

Plans to use Newtongrange to recreate the car park where the remains of King Richard III were discovered have been given the go-ahead.

This View has been written by Christine Grahame, the Scottish National Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Katherine Sangster, the Scottish Labour Party's and Scottish Co-operative Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Shona Haslam, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

More than 30,000 vaccination appointments have been missed since NHS Lothian set up mass vaccination centres in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

This View has been written by Iain Whyte, the Scottish Conservatives and Unionist Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

Residents concerned about the use of toxic weedkiller in their community have come together to adopt public land and stop council workers spraying it.

Plans to introduce two giant jumping pillows in a country park’s adventure playground have been given the go-ahead.

The return to school after the Easter break was all the more exciting for pupils at Danderhall Primary with the opening of their new building.

This View has been written by Charles Dundas, the Scottish Liberal Democrats' candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

This View has been written by AC May, the Scottish Liberal Democrats's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

Rapid COVID-19 testing sites for people with no symptoms of coronavirus are set to be rolled out across Midlothian in the coming weeks.

Window experts CR Smith have won an appeal against planners who wanted them to remove PVC windows from a house in a conservation area.

This View has been written by Michael Banks, the Vanguard Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Charles Dundas, the Scottish Liberal Democrats' candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

This View has been written by Shona Haslam, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Katherine Sangster, the Scottish Labour Party's and Scottish Co-operative Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Christine Grahame, the Scottish National Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Iain Whyte, the Scottish Conservatives and Unionist Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

This View has been written by Colin Beattie, the Scottish National Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

This View has been written by Stephen Curran, the Scottish Labour Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

Charity Sustrans has been given the go-ahead to build a new footpath linking Danderhall to new developments at Shawfair.

Widespread talk on social media about a surge in thefts of dogs in West Lothian is not backed up by the figures.

This View has been written by AC May, the Scottish Liberal Democrats's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

Adults, young people, MYPAS Board and staff members are joining in the virtual Kiltwalk this year on 23rd-25th April.

Health bosses have pledged £55,000 towards tackling the impact of falls on people living in Midlothian.

“He never intended to kill himself, he was so used to doing this he never thought he would probably die – he was self-medicating.”

Buckingham Palace announced today that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99.

A state of the art leisure centre which will create up to 75 full-time jobs has been given the go-ahead by Midlothian councillors.

Members of the public can now again watch Midlothian Council meetings live online.

Nearly 13 people out of every 100 invited for their Covid-19 vaccine are not turning up every day across NHS Lothian.

Developers will be asked to provide their own eye-in-the-sky image in future applications.

This View has been written by Katherine Sangster, the Scottish Labour Party's and Scottish Co-operative Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Dominic Ashmole, the Scottish Green Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Iain Whyte, the Scottish Conservatives and Unionist Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

This View has been written by Stephen Curran, the Scottish Labour Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

This View has been written by Christine Grahame, the Scottish National Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Shona Haslam, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Colin Beattie, the Scottish National Party's candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

This View has been written by Michael Banks, the Vanguard Party's candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This View has been written by Charles Dundas, the Scottish Liberal Democrats' candidate in the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

A community school will be at the heart of a new 1,000-housing development at Bonnyrigg.

This View has been written by AC May, the Scottish Liberal Democrats' candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency.

This year we have invited all candidates in both Midlothian constituencies to take part in the 'Midlothian View Holyrood Challenge.'

The list of candidates for Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale and the Scotland South list has been confirmed.

A Midlothian football club has been handed a financial boost by family housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel.

The Social Enterprise will deliver an “eclectic” programme of projects in Midlothian with children and young people most affected by Covid-19.

Donald Trump wants to purchase Dalkeith Country Park and Palace.

The list of candidates for the Midlothian North and Musselburgh constituency and the Lothian List have been confirmed.

Changes to some parking restrictions will come into force in Edinburgh from Sunday, 11 April.

Visitors are being warned to stay out of East Lothian this bank holiday weekend as the local authority teams up with police to crack down on those from outside the county.

A bid to turn a former Post Office into a private home after it lay empty for 18 years has been granted on appeal after councillors were warned against “playing God”.

Local Holyrood candidate Colin Beattie has backed a pledge to support the Scots language and raise its profile if elected as an MSP in May’s election.

A Scottish Parliament hopeful has become the latest SNP candidate to jump ship and join Alex Salmond’s newly-formed Alba party.

The development would build on the farmland between Mayfield and Newtongrange so that the two communities would no longer be separated by fields.

Stuart McKenzie has become Midlothian's newest Councillor, elected for the Midlothian East Ward last Friday.

Shona Haslam candidate for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale has vowed to deliver a ‘fair funding deal’ for Midlothian Council.

The owner of a former Post Office building which has lain empty for two decades has hit out after he was refused the right to attend a meeting to decide its future.

Tenants move in as £3.5m development nears completion.

Covid restrictions mean door to door campaigning and in person events are not possible for this years’ election.

SNP candidate Stuart McKenzie has won the Midlothian East council by-election after a close-run contest with his Conservative rival.

Police Scotland has launched a national campaign to tackle the rising number of bike thefts taking place across the country.

Santander has announced that its Dalkeith branch is one of 111 to be closed across the United Kingdom.

Voters go to the polls today to select a new councillor for the Midlothian East ward.

The issue of Midlothian Council's use of the Glyphosate weedkiller is a very emotive one and the recording of yesterday's meeting is now available.

John Hackett gives his View of the five candidates standing in the Midlothian East by-election tomorrow.

Council workers went on a “killing mission” after being allowed to use a banned weed killer, it was claimed this week.

Library fines for late returns have been abolished by Midlothian Council after they were branded “outdated” and a barrier to making the service accessible.

Anne Stewart celebrates her 106th birthday today and we understand the Rosehill Care home resident is the second oldest person in Midlothian.

Children and staff at Woodburn Primary School in Dalkeith are delighted to have been awarded their Gold level Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) linked to their work on the Rights of the Child.

A Bonnyrigg man has been recognised for his tireless work cleaning up the local area.

Colin Beattie MSP writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

Improvements across care services were described as “positive” after three inspections produced good feedback during the pandemic.

Lothian Buses today announced its intention to withdraw all services from 19.30hrs tonight (17 March) following months of incidents of antisocial behaviour.

Edinburgh City Council has approved plans to add a plaque to the Melville Monument – denouncing Henry Dundas’ role in deferring abolition of the slave trade and his role in expanding the British Empire.

A cyclist ran over the neck of a small dog as he cut through a two-metre gap between her owner and another walker on a popular pathway.

The plan is to build a new car park and entrance road into the Park and to upgrade some of its pathways.

Parents, carers, staff and pupils have been informed after Scottish Ministers agreed Midlothian Council can go ahead with plans to close Glencorse Primary School in Penicuik.

The Scottish Government has apologised after a delay to vaccine letters saw some residents in the Lothians miss their coronavirus vaccination appointments.

Stephen Curran, Midlothian Councillor and Labour party candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh gives his view about Sheriffhall.

The search for the remains of King Richard III is to be recreated in Newtongrange for a new movie with Alan Partridge actor Steve Coogan.

Police officers in Dalkeith are appealing for information after cars were deliberately set on fire at a premises in Loanhead.

The GO e-bike hire ‘hubs’ that have been built at Jarnac Court and Eskbank rail station.

The programme on Wednesday 24th March is open to applications from members of the general public from Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Officers enquiries into a report of sexual assault in Midlothian are now complete

Sherrifhall Roundabout on the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass is set to be refurbished with a £100,000 package of road safety improvements.

From 8am on Tuesday 23 March, all patients and any child or young person requiring access to A&E, must go to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France.

Dick Vets was recognised with the Host Venue Award for their dedication to hosting donation days for the charity.

The development would mean the two communities would no longer be separated by fields.

The Young Person’s Guarantee provides every 16-24 year old in Scotland with the opportunity of a job, placement, training or volunteering place.

Midlothian's MP is urging the UK government to do more to tackle the threat of so-called ‘cybertroops’

Police Scotland is appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in Midlothian.

Lidl has confirmed that it has submitted a planning application to Midlothian Council for the extension and modernisation of their Dalkeith.

People are being invited to share their views on a planned new Aldi store at Straiton as a public consultation is launched online.

The pandemic has affected children in many different ways but their need for a loving, stable home has not changed.

Newly released Scottish Government statistics show that 94.5% of school leavers in Midlothian were in ‘positive destinations’ during 2019/20.

Donation from builder Dandara helps staff at Midlothian Community Hospital.

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has ramped up in East Lothian and Midlothian, with more than a third of the population receiving their first dose.

Five candidates are set to fight it out for a seat on Midlothian Council when a by-election is held on March 25th.

Owen Thompson MP is leading a drive to bring free government support to more local firms in Midlothian.

Midlothian Council has been able to lease more electric vehicles to add to its green fleet due to a Scottish Government grant of £45,600.

'Six years ago, completely out of the blue I had a sudden and life-changing stroke. I’m not alone in this'

A number of local improvement projects in Midlothian have been given the go-ahead with funding from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Capital Fund.

Every school age pupil in the county is to receive a learning device such as an iPad or Google Chromebook as part of Midlothian Council’s £10.5 million investment in digital learning.

Ambitious budget proposals aimed at “leading the way out of the pandemic” have been unanimously approved by Midlothian Council.

Council tax will be frozen and rent increases postponed for the coming year in Midlothian.

Last week Karen Henderson, the star of Sunshine on Dalkeith, sadly passed away at the age of 48.

The Covid vaccine rollout across the Lothians remains slower than the rest of the country although it is gathering pace, according to latest figures.

Owen Thompson has written to Sir Keir Starmer calling again for Labour to back his bill to tackle 'Tory cronyism’ in Westminster.

The private care home failed to provide social distancing and showed “significant weaknesses” in hygiene standards, despite being in the middle of the second Covid-19 lockdown.

Colin Beattie MSP writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

A transport charity is offering people with mobility challenges free trips to get their Covid-19 vaccine.

Small or micro businesses in Midlothian may be eligible for support from a newly launched COVID-19 discretionary fund.

NHS Lothian chiefs say there will be ‘lessons learned’ over the region's vaccination programme.

NHS Lothian has released further details of its coronavirus vaccination programme.

A former snooker hall will be turned into a Nepalese restaurant after planners gave the changes the green light.

Golfers can now analyse their shots in detail thanks to new technology at the Midlothian driving range.

Reader Patricia Baillie Strong encourages everyone to register to vote in the Scottish Parliamentary elections this year.

The case for a fairer funding allocation for Midlothian has been put to Scottish Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, by council leaders at a “very positive” meeting held last week.

Edinburgh City Council is set to post a balanced budget thanks to a UK Government loan repayment holiday and a rise in council tax.

The speed of the vaccine roll-out in East Lothian has been branded “unacceptable” as the county was revealed to be the third slowest council area to administer it in Scotland.

A backbench bill from Owen Thompson MP which would prevent Government Ministers giving contracts to friends and colleagues without scrutiny passed its first hurdle in the parliament today.

New figures show Edinburgh and the Lothians still have the lowest vaccination rates in the country.

The Ministerial Interests (Emergency Powers) Bill would require UK Ministers to answer questions about any personal, political or financial connections they may have to a company that is awarded a government contract.

A new retail park project next to Straiton could create 145 permanent jobs as well as providing additional affordable housing and care for the elderly.

The announced closure of the store has put 200 capital jobs at risk in the middle of a global pandemic.

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

Tour of Britain to come back to Edinburgh but it is unknown if Midlothian will miss out again.

Politicians have expressed their dismay over the handling of the region's vaccination programme with one MSP saying some of the priorities have been ‘frankly ludicrous’.

Many of the directors of around 2 million small and micro businesses have gone ten months without any income and no support from the Government, says Midlothian MP.

Newbattle Community High is taking part in a Scottish Government pilot of the new, quicker ‘lateral flow’ Covid-19 tests in Scotland.

A homeowner who claimed that lowering his garden fence would breach his family’s human rights has lost his battle to keep it in place.

Some of the world’s best cyclists are set to grace the streets of Edinburgh once more as the Tour of Britain is set to return

Two fifths of business owners say they’re worried about their mental health, a survey of 1200 Scottish entrepreneurs has found.

Scores of local children enjoying new play equipment in Fala thanks to a community venture supported by Midlothian Council.

The closure of Glencorse Primary School had been put to a public consultation by Midlothian Council during the latter part of last year.

Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses following the death of a man found near Cousland in Midlothian on Sunday 17th January.

Colin Beattie MSP writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

The owners of The Secret Herb Garden at Lothianburn say the expansion could create nearly 40 new jobs at the venue over the next two years.

Council flats will be built on land previously earmarked for a community hub including retail units in the heart of a residential estate, despite objections from locals.

Motor neurone disease treatments that boost energy in nerve cells could be developed thanks to new research at Edinburgh University.

Working with the community at the heart of council's policy as it moves into a new digital era

Owen Thompson MP has called for urgent investment from the UK Government to help address the backlog in cancer services during the Covid19 crisis.

The social enterprise will create much needed paid work opportunities for local arts practitioners.

Recycling centres in East Lothian will reduce opening hours in a bid to stop people crossing county borders to use them.

Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for Midlothian South has strongly praised the UK Government for helping jobseekers in Midlothian to start up their own businesses.

A new £13.8 million Hillend Destination resort in Midlothian took another step forward this week as councillors granted planning permission in principle to the project.

A ban on hot food takeaways being allowed to open within 400 metres of schools has been lifted by Midlothian Council.

Plans to create a new mixed retail park to the west of Straiton Park and Ride could come unstuck after planners warned that the proposal spilled into the greenbelt.

The East Safety Camera Unit and Eskbank and Newbattle Community Council have been working together to improve road safety, by encouraging drivers to stick to the 30mph speed limit.

A new council flat complex in Dalkeith town centre will be as “near to zero carbon” as possible after its design was given the go-ahead by planners.

Midlothian Council has supplied around 3,800 Chromebooks and 54 4G dongles to pupils since the start of the pandemic as live lessons start where appropriate.

Thousands of people have signed a petition demanding a wildlife haven be protected from plans to build a Formula 1 race track on it.

Proposals to demolish a 19th-century hotel and replace it with student flats are set to be rejected by Edinburgh City Council.

Rainbow’s End has raised an impressive £3,100 for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland during Spectacle of Light

Owen Thompson MP has urged people over pension age to check and make sure they are claiming all the grants, benefits and allowances they are due.

GP Practices across Midlothian will receive deliveries of the Covid-19 vaccine from Monday as they start offering it to over-80s across the county.

A Formula 1 race track at a site earmarked for a wildlife haven would bring more benefits to the local economy, council chiefs are being told.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson comments on the updated package of Covid19 support announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

A bid by supermarket giant Tesco to get out of paying £400,000 towards school provision in Musselburgh has been ruled ‘unlawful’ by Scottish Ministers.

Residents living in parts of Midlothian and East Lothian will receive an emergency cold weather payment after temperatures fell below zero for seven days in a row.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

How many of these Midlothian based questions set by Gordon Clayton of Black Diamond FM can you answer?

The Churches bells are ringing out over Dalkeith and Danderhall for Worldwide Santa Christmas Eve Jingle.

In order to help spread a little Christmas cheer in what has been a pretty awful year for everyone, Dalkeith-based Melville Housing Association has made a £3,000 donation to local charities.

Colin Beattie MSP writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

Free parking will be extended till March 2021 at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for staff, visitors and patients.

Midlothian Council has successfully applied for Scottish Government funding to build a new Mayfield School Campus and refurbish and extend Penicuik High School.

Midlothian North and Musselburgh Labour party have selected their candidate for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.

Council, NHS, emergency services and planning partners join forces regarding coronavirus guidance.

A play-at-home escape room game that was designed by a Dalkeith schoolgirl will soon be on sale raising money for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital charity.

The next intake of MSPs must deliver new laws designed to help Scotland’s local and independent firms recover from this year’s crisis, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

Drugs deaths in Midlothian have doubled in the last 10 years, with 18 deaths recorded last year.

Teachers in East Lothian are being urged to support union calls for schools to move to remote learning.

Network Rail fined for failing to maintain and improve the railway fencing near Musselburgh.

A rural development programme covering areas of East and Midlothian has succeeded in providing more than £2.5 million in grant funding for 42 local projects over the past six years.

A decision by Midlothian Council to invest £13million in a local authority is being investigated by external auditors.

A plea for council workers to be recognised for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic was backed by Midlothian councillors.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson called for the updating of gambling laws while using video games.

Midlothian and Edinburgh will both remain in Level 3. East Lothian is moving back up to Level 3 coronavirus restrictions.

Midlothian health bosses have been told to get ready to administer a second Covid-19 vaccine from December 21, it has been revealed.

A change to the way people shop has led developers of a new town to scrap plans for a large supermarket at its centre.

More than 500 NHS Lothian staff vaccinated but concerns remain over vaccine supply.

Council’s SNP leader calls on Scot Gov to follow ‘scientific evidence and advice’ regarding coronavirus levels.

Midlothian Council is pressing the Scottish Government to urgently reconsider the way in which it provides funding for local councils.

Midlothian Council has issued a statement in which it says it is “devastated” to be remaining in level 3 of the Coronavirus restrictions.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced that Scottish Highers have been cancelled.

Concerns have been raised after it was revealed that Midlothian Council had invested £13million in an English local authority which has declared itself bankrupt.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has informed the Scottish parliament.

Scottish mental health and wellbeing charity, Health in Mind, and Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership have partnered to launch a wellbeing booklet for the festive period.

Owen Thompson MP said Midlothian's mining communities could play a central role in the "green renaissance."

Lib Dems select AC May to fight Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale for Holyrood 2021

Letter written by AC May Liberal Democrat Candidate, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale

More employers across Edinburgh and the Lothians can now tap into funding to provide upskilling and reskilling opportunities for their staff.

Highbank, Midlothian Council’s short- term intermediate care facility for people over 65, has been rated as ‘good’ for its quality of care.

The first new attraction has opened as part of the council’s Destination Hillend project.

Marks & Spencer has today opened its largest M&S Food store in Scotland, in Straiton.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Edinburgh City Council officials have also given an update on the capital’s vaccination plan.

Edinburgh councillors are calling for more ‘transparency’ after data revealed the city is below the threshold for the majority of the level three criteria.

Midlothian will remain in Level 3 Covid restrictions for another week after the First Minister said no changes would be made to local authority tiers this week.

Demand for help from older people and their carers leapt by 15 per cent as a direct impact of Covid-19 on social services in Midlothian this year.

Local MSP welcomes free school meals for all primary school pupils.

Police in Lothians and Scottish Borders Division have launched their annual campaign to keep the public safe and deter crime over the festive period.

Bilston-based FMS Fire and Security Ltd recently donated text books to Newbattle Community High School after learning the school was struggling to afford the latest versions.

Midlothian community hospital and every care home in Midlothian will have a real Christmas tree in their grounds thanks to a new initiative by Midlothian Council.

Melville Housing Association has made a £300 donation to the Penicuik Foodbank, run by Food Facts Friends.

Girlguiding Scotland has launched their new Media Mindful campaign to support girls and young women to challenge sexism and negative gender stereotypes in the media.

The City of Edinburgh Council has unveiled a ten-year delivery plan outlining the actions it will take to help eradicate poverty.

Health chiefs at NHS Lothian have refused to say how many patients were transferred to care homes after testing positive for coronavirus.

Councillors were warned not to make policy “on the hoof” in a row over an industrial estate this week.

Concern over plans for a new primary school in Auchendinny saw proposals for nearly 400 new homes in the community scrape through planning this week.

Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, has held his fourth annual Christmas Card Competition for school children.

Midlothian two constituency MPs Colin Beattie and Christine Grahame have reacted to yesterday's decision.

Hart Builders, part of the Cruden Group has secured a £10.4m contract to build a new affordable housing development on behalf of Midlothian Council.

Visitors to an Dalkeith Country Park are not using its main entrance because they do not realise it is there.

Midlothian Council Leader Councillor Derek Milligan has confirmed the Scottish Government has just informed him that Midlothian is to remain in level 3

A sharp spike in Covid-19 cases in Midlothian has put plans to move the county into a lower level of restrictions in doubt.

Thompson attends virtual school assembly to promote digital safety for kids

Council Leader urges residents to abide by the law.

Owen Thompson MP raises concerns for Scotland's Space Industry following a UK-US Agreement.

Opposition councillors have called on Edinburgh City Council’s ruling administration to ‘eat a large slice of humble pie’ over its tram extension project.

Improvement work on Penicuik Town Hall begins next week and will be completed by the end of April 2021.

The First Minister said this was due to Midlothian having seen a marked decline in infection rates.

The failure to act on a football pitch which has seen children injured has left one councillor “embarrassed and ashamed.”

East Lothian could see Covid restrictions eased this week after the First Minister hinted that at least one Level 3 local authority was being considered for a move to Level 2.

A 50/50 joint venture between Vattenfall and Midlothian Council will deliver low carbon energy projects across the area.

Colin Beattie MSP writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

The number of new homes built in East Lothian this year is three times the national average.