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Top award for dairy study

Midlothian Advertiser - 1 hour 24 min ago
The Principal of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) attended a special investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive SRUC’s Queen’s Anniversary Prize from Prince Charles.

New bouldering centre for Loanhead

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 14:19
A business which opened its doors in Carlisle in 2012 has seen so many Scots travelling down the M74, that it has now opened a new branch in Scotland.

Strangers rescue Jade’s wedding day

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 14:10
A bride has thanked total strangers who united to clear the road so she could marry the love of her life.

Council hosts ‘Two Trumpets’ autism strategy event

Midlothian Council - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 08:42
Midlothian Council is inviting those with a connection to autism to join an interactive event to share ideas and learn more about the progress of the Midlothian autism strategy ‘Two Trumpets'.

Council set to get more cash

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 07:13
Midlothian Council is just one local council which can apply for financial assistance under the Bellwin Scheme following recent heavy snowfalls.

Missing Edinburgh woman may have travelled to Carlisle

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 10:14
Police are appealing for a missing woman who they believe could have travelled to Carlisle via the Borders.

Section of cycle path closed

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 10:07
Following a road accident yesterday at Wester Auchendinny Bridge, causing damage to the parapet, the cycleway below has been closed until further notice due to unstable masonry.

Police try to trace missing woman

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 09:23
Police in Edinburgh are appealing for the public’s help to trace a 46-year-old woman reported missing from the Sighthill area of the city.

Give your views on the green network

Midlothian Council - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 09:08
There’s still time to give your views on how Midlothian’s green network can be improved.

MP visits Loanhead firm to discuss
new apprentices

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 07:12
Danielle Rowley MP met with apprentices and staff at MacTaggart Scott during a recent parliamentary recess.

NO! to new housing plans say Bonnyrigg

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 07:06
It’s looking like it could be squaring up for a David versus Goliath type battle as Bonnyrigg residents vow to fight developers plans.

Penicuik to Bonnyrigg Cycle Path Closed

Midlothian Council - Wed, 14/03/2018 - 14:32
Section of cycle route closed for until further notice following road accident

Veterans placement internship first

Midlothian View - Wed, 14/03/2018 - 14:26

Sean Clancy (right) pictured at a youth drop in session at Eskdaill Court.

Sean Clancy has become the first person to complete a veterans placement internship with Midlothian Council.

Sean, from Edinburgh, has been working in the Lifelong Learning and Employability team as a Youth Support Worker since December last year.

Having left the army after 33 years of service, Sean joined the army reserves two years ago.  However a rolling, zero hours, contract hasn’t offered much stability. The 10 week placement at the Council came at a time when there were no hours available within the reserves, and so provided an opportunity for employment.

Speaking about his experience of the placement, Sean, who now lives in East Lothian, said:

“I first heard about the placement from one of the guys at the Lothians Veteran Centre in Dalkeith.  I felt the job description was similar to what I’ve done in my recent role in army which has been coaching and mentoring, helping others develop leadership skills.

“Midlothian Council have been really good with me since day one, offering support and encouraging me.  It was great to know that I could transfer into something like youth work as I was a bit worried my skill set from the army wouldn’t be compatible with much.

Sean also feels others who have been in army could benefit from these types of initiatives:

“There are a lot of soldiers who are displaced when they leave – they either don’t know about joining the reserves or maybe don’t want to.  Placements like these can get them back on solid ground and give them a launch pad to other things.”

The result of collaboration between Bright Green Business and the Council, the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) Midlothian Council Veteran Placement Programme offers five paid internships to post discharge veterans.

A second placement has been offered to a candidate, working in a separate Youth Support Worker role, while a third and fourth placement has been advertised for a Travel Coordinator and an Event and Project Officer.

Sean’s contribution to the Council has been highly beneficial and accordingly, his placement has since been extended to continue his work on the project.

The pilot programme, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, aims to act as a learning tool to demonstrate how other local authorities can and should engage with veterans, a group with much to offer but often overlooked by employers.

George Archibald, Joint CEO of The Business Partnership said:

“Bright Green Business has been delighted to work in partnership with Midlothian Council and the various Veteran Support Organisations to facilitate this pilot programme. The funding from the Armed Forces Covenant has enabled us to open up a range of Internship opportunities within Midlothian Council.

“We have applied our Graduate Internship model to this group of Veterans and will take the learning from this pilot to encourage a range of local and national employers along with other Local Authorities to offer placements and employment to Veterans.  They offer all the skills and attributes needed by employers and they shouldn’t miss the opportunity to engage with them!”

The Council and Bright Green Business are supported on the venture by a number of veteran organisations including Edinburgh Garrison, Career Transition Partnership (CTP), Lothian Armed Forces and Veterans Project, Poppy Scotland and the Lothians Veterans Centre in Dalkeith.

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Public Toilet Consultation

Midlothian View - Wed, 14/03/2018 - 11:25

The public toilets in Bonnyrigg, Woods Court.

A consultation on the future of public toilets in Midlothian has been opened by the council.

The consultation will gather views on whether new automatic conveniences should replace existing public toilets in Midlothian.

This follows a decision by council last December to keep all five current public toilets open, on reduced staffing levels, while the possibility of automatic toilets was explored further.

Council were presented with the option of introducing three self-cleaning, opening and closing public conveniences in Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith and Penicuik town centres. Recommendations were also made to close current facilities at Loanhead and Gorebridge.

However those plans were rejected at the time with council agreeing a public consultation should take place before any decision was made.

Midlothian Council currently operates five public toilets at the following locations:

  • Penicuik, Bank Street
  • Loanhead, Station Road
  • Bonnyrigg, Woods Court
  • Gorebridge, Hunterfield Road
  • Dalkeith, Eskdaill Court

The plans for automatic facilities will now be available at drop-in events later this month for residents to consider while an online survey is also open for those wishing to give their feedback online.

Dates for consultation drop-in events are:

– Tuesday 27 March, 2:30pm – 7pm at Penicuik Centre

– Wednesday 28 March, 2:30pm – 7pm at Dalkeith Library & Arts Centre

– Thursday 29 March, 2:30pm – 7pm at Lasswade Centre Library

You can read the report presented to Midlothian Councillors in December HERE, which laid out the costs involved both for the existing facilities (£83,700) and their replacement with automated toilet facilities (investment of £289,000 followed by annual savings of £46,700) and you can watch the discussion by councillors, who all agreed that public consulation was required, HERE (go to section 8.12).

The online survey and further information about the consultation can be found on the Midlothian Council website HERE.

The consultation closes on 6 April 2018.

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Stolen tortoise returned to Lasswade home

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 14/03/2018 - 09:36
Police in Midlothian can confirm that a stolen tortoise has been found.

Penicuik by-election reminder

Midlothian Council - Wed, 14/03/2018 - 08:52
Local people in the Penicuik ward are being urged to use their vote in the by-election to be held on Thursday 22 March.

Midlothian Council hoping to take on parking powers

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Wed, 14/03/2018 - 07:00
Midlothian Council is set to be awarded parking powers following the withdrawal of police enforcement in the county to prevent drivers “taking liberties when parking their vehicles”.

Free kids coding classes now at Lasswade!

Midlothian Council - Tue, 13/03/2018 - 16:38
Coding classes for kids now available at Lasswade Library

Consultation on Midlothian’s public toilets

Midlothian Council - Tue, 13/03/2018 - 12:19
Consultation on the future of public toilets in Midlothian now open

Bin collections update

Midlothian Council - Tue, 13/03/2018 - 12:12
On Wednesday 14 March, we are returning to collect the last of the bins missed during severe weather between Wednesday 28 February and Tuesday 6 March, inclusive. Glass collections will also resume.