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Plans to convert the old Clydesdale Bank building in Dalkeith

Midlothian View - 7 hours 35 min ago

In association with Midlothian View, Libermove present details of noteworthy planning applications submitted to Midlothian Council.

On the 5th December a planning application was submitted to convert the old Clydesdale Bank on Dalkeith High Street into five flats and retain one commercial unit on the ground floor. The property is located close to the junction with South Street at 96 – 102 High Street.

The property currently has a large commercial area on the ground floor with further space contained on the first and second floors. From the planning application it would appear the applicant is proposing to convert the ground floor into 3 self-contained flats while retaining a commercial element to the front which faces onto the high street. With the first and second floors housing similar one and two bedroom units. The ground floor area extends along White’s Close to the rear of the property.

The floor plans provide details of the proposed individual flat layouts.

Full details of the application can be found HERE on the Midlothian Council website.

The application has been submitted by Mr Abdul Ibrahem with the architect Ken Smith registered at 7 Claremont Park Edinburgh EH6 7PJ. 104F High Street, a 1 bed flat located directly behind the old bank is under offer having been marketed at offers over £88,000

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Over £1m paid in Midlothian mitigating welfare cuts

Midlothian View - 8 hours 2 min ago

Midlothian MSP, Colin Beattie, has highlighted the millions being spent on mitigating Tory welfare cuts by the Scottish Government, after new figures revealed that a total of £1,044,688 was paid to people in Midlothian under the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme

In Midlothian, 1,485 of people in receipt of housing benefit or universal credit were given additional assistance towards housing costs by the Scottish Government.

The Discretionary Housing Payment scheme provides financial assistance towards housing costs for those claiming housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit.

Between April and September, local Authorities in Scotland made a total 100,635 awards under the DHP Scheme, with a total value of £56.9 million and an average award of £565.

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SNP MSP Colin Beattie said:

“These figures provide further evidence of the cost of protecting people from the very worst impacts of UK Government welfare reform, and make clear that the SNP will always stand up for a fairer welfare system which treats people with respect and dignity.

“It shouldn’t fall to the Scottish Government to mitigate the impact of damaging Tory policies like the bedroom tax – but we know that providing a lifeline for families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet is the right thing to do.

“Instead of being left trying to convince an uncaring Westminster government to recognise just how wrong their welfare cuts are the Scottish Parliament should be making all decisions on tax and social security for ourselves.”

The full statistical publication is available at:

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St David’s pupils’ appeal to Dalkeith people to donate to their foodbank

Midlothian Advertiser - 10 hours 29 min ago
Pupils at St David’s High School in Dalkeith, busy collecting donations for their foodbank, are keen to get more to pass on before Christmas.

Midlothian MSP calls for Brexit talks

Midlothian Advertiser - 11 hours 23 min ago
Following the UK Government’s withdrawal agreement with the EU, MSP Colin Beattie has written to Midlothian organisations to hold urgent discussions on the needs and concerns of businesses.

Christmas lights last stand

Midlothian Advertiser - 11 hours 24 min ago
After putting the magic into Christmas in Bonnyrigg for more than a decade, Davie Brown has put up his spectacular display for the last time.

Tone down Midlothian leisure facilities price rises!

Midlothian Advertiser - 11 hours 25 min ago
Midlothian Council has been criticised for a 96 per cent increase in the past year for the charge Tonezone members aged over 60 pay to use its gyms.

Vote 100 Exhibition officially launched

Midlothian View - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 16:58

P7 pupils from Kings Park (Green) and Woodburn (Red) Primary Schools with Councillor Russell.

Art work by Midlothian school children to commemorate one hundred years of women getting the vote is part of an exhibition launched at Dalkeith Library this week.

The exhibition titled ‘Vote 100’ was commissioned by Councillor Margot Russell to involve young people in the 100 year celebration of women over 30 getting the vote. She approached pupils from King’s Park and Woodburn Primary Schools to paint some scenes related to the Dalkeith area where the suffragettes had meetings.

St Mary’s Church was of particular interest as it was nearly bombed by the suffragettes because the church belonged to the Duke of Buccleuch who opposed women getting the vote.

Over 40 works were submitted for the exhibition and the best work from each school was selected for a prize.

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The winners were primary 7 pupils Murdo Jack from King’s Park Primary School and Amy Robb from Woodburn Primary. They both won a pass for a family of 4 to the Fort Douglas Adventure Play Park in Dalkeith Country Park. These were donated by the Estate Manager at the Restoration Yard in the Park. All the other pupils who took part received chocolate selection boxes from the Depute Provost.

Depute Provost Cllr Margot Russell said:

“I’m very impressed with the enthusiastic way in which the primary 7 pupils approached this art project. It is important to get young people involved in projects of this kind. They were very interested in the history of the suffragettes and their actions in Dalkeith. I would like to thank Dalkeith History Museum for donating Midlothian Advertiser press cuttings from the time for this exhibition.”

The Exhibition will run until Friday 11 January 2019.

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Local children's suffragette exhibition on display

Midlothian Council - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 16:35
Art work by Midlothian school children to commemorate one hundred years of women getting the vote is part of an exhibition launched at Dalkeith Library this week.

Bonnyrigg: Scotmid challenges school takeaway ban

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 15:32
A ban on new takeaways opening within 400 metres of a primary school is being challenged by Scotmid.

Entries open for the Mid & East Lothian Food & Drink Awards 2019

Midlothian Council - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 11:00
The Mid & East Lothian Food & Drink Awards 2019 are now open for nominations.

Midlothian and East Lothian food and drink awards merge for the inaugural joint celebration

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 10:52
Previously held as two separate events, the all new Midlothian & East Lothian Food and Drink Awards 2019 is now open for nominations.

Collect your Argos orders while getting your groceries

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 10:51
Sainsbury’s is pleased to announce that an Argos store opened in its Straiton supermarket last week.

New book takes us down Newtongrange’s memory lanes

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 07:05
Picnics in the Glen, swimming in Stickie Woods and sweeties from Charlie Pole’s are just some of the memories of local residents captured in a new book, Newtongrange Village Voices.

Free food waste caddy liners may stop

Midlothian View - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 18:45

At the council meeting next week councillors will decide whether to stop providing free food waste caddy liners.

It is a statutory requirement for Midlothian Council to offer kerbside collection of food waste to all areas classified as urban.

In January 2013 the Council agreed to the introduction of a food waste collection service from December 2015, coinciding with the completion of the Edinburgh/Midlothian food waste treatment plant at Millerhill.

Residents were provided with an internal caddy, an external caddy and a 12-month supply of caddy liners. Since that time residents have been able to make unlimited requests for additional caddy liners. These are provided free-of-charge and are delivered by food waste collection crews.

As a condition of receiving funding to introduce kerbside collections of food waste, Midlothian Council committed to the Scottish Government to supply householders with replacement liners for a period of three years.

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Additional caddy liners are therefore not required to be funded by the Council beyond December 2018. It is proposed that from this date, they are no longer provided to residents. Ceasing the provision of food waste caddy liners will save the Council approximately £16,000 per year (based on a potential 10% diversion of food waste into the residual waste stream).

Caddy liners are widely available from a range of local shops as well as via online retailers.

It is not necessary for residents to purchase caddy liners to secure their food waste. It is acceptable to use any type of plastic bag to secure food waste or to present it wrapped in paper.

Full details of the meeting next week can be found HERE.

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School takeaway ban challenged

Midlothian View - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 17:31

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

A ban on new takeaways opening within 400 metres of a primary school is being challenged by Scotmid.

Midlothian Council introduced its new guidance for planning officers last month which set out how close new hot food vendors would be allowed to its schools.

However the decision to include primary schools in the ban has been challenged by the supermarket giants who say most youngsters would not be allowed out during the day.

Scotmid have appealed a decision by the local authority to ban them from turning a shop they own into a takeaway because it is too close to Lasswade Primary School, in Bonnyrigg.

The shop, which was formerly Sprott’s News, on Lothian Street, is said to be 235 metres from the school boundary ‘as the crow flies’ although Scotmid point out that by road it is 380 metres away.

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Appealing against the refusal to the Scottish Government, on Scotmid’s behalf their agent said they were of the view that the restrictions “should not be applied to primary schools”.

They said: “Pupils in the latter, with perhaps some limited exceptions, are retained within the school grounds for their entire duration of the school day and as such will not be exposed to the food served in takeaway facilities.”

Referring to the distance between the proposed takeaway and the schools they added “In the circumstances described it is, on our opinion, quite inconceivable to consider that the physical relationship of the application site to the nearest primary school would pose a risk to the health and wellbeing of any pupils attending it.”

The retail shop closed at the end of September due to what was described as poor trading conditions.

Scotmid were hoping to turn it into a hot food takeaway however the new supplementary guidance approved by Midlothian Council led to it being refusing planning permission.

The guidance said: “It is reasonable and appropriate for the council to prevent provision of new premises and the change of use of premises to hot food takeaways on account of the adverse impact that they have on the diets of young people and the health of communities.

“Hot food takeaways will not be permitted where they fall within 400 metres of the curtilage of a primary or secondary school.”

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Committee for asset transfers

Midlothian View - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 17:26

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

A new committee established to oversee requests for council assets to be transferred to the community is holding its first meeting.

Midlothian Council has established a Community Asset Transfer Committee to decide future asset requests.

The move comes after the Scottish Government introduced the Community Empowerment Act which gives community groups the right to request any land or buildings from public bodies.

It will meet this week to discuss a request from Loanhead After School Club (LASC) to lease a community garden for 12 years.

The club, which is based on George Avenue, already uses the garden, which is owned by the council and lies adjacent to the Link building.

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A report to the committee says the club has no formal agreement to use the land and has asked for a 12-year lease to tie in with the tenure it has of the building.

The strip of land lies on Mayburn Walk at the front of the club building and runs up to the boundary of a new council play park.

The committee is recommended to approve the lease under the condition the garden remained open to the public during the working hours of the building adjoining it and is used for community benefit.

The report on the transfer points out it “will require the applicant to meet the costs of maintaining the community garden.”

LASC took over the Link building after acquiring it from the Big Lottery following the dissolution of Loanhead Community Learning Association last year.

They said the Link will be home to their after school club and out of school childcare activities as well as being open to the public for a wide range of uses including a cafe, soft play rooms and clubs.

LASC said: “We seek to make The Link a vibrant, welcoming community hub for new and existing residents alike.”

Adding it would benefit the community by “creating a safe, welcoming and accessible outdoor garden and creative play area for children using our childcare services, including those with additional support needs, and other users of the Link including older people.”

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Noble on the podium in Japan

Midlothian View - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 17:20

Scottish racing driver and rising star, Colin Noble from Midlothian, scored his first podium finish in the Asian Le Mans Series alongside teammate and fellow 2018 UK LMP3 Champion Tony Wells at the Fuji Speedway in Japan on Sunday.

It would be a first start at the previous home of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix since 1986 for Scottish motor racing team, Ecurie Ecosse, a race which earned the team a dramatic class win in the 1000km World Sports Car Championship Race.

The pair, sharing the #79 Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing Ligier JS P3 Nissan was in the mix all weekend but were forced to start from the back of the 20-car field after a technical problem in qualifying.

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On this occasion, a win would be out of reach, but the podium finish marked a big step forward in the international ambitions for the reborn team and their young Scottish star.

Despite every available weather forecast predicting a dry race, rain began to play a part almost from the start, throwing well-practised strategy out of the window in plummeting temperatures and with snow even threatening for a while in the shadow of Mount Fuji.

A strong start from Wells saw the scene set for a strong potential finish and with Noble taking over the wheel for the second half of the race it was a charge for points and a podium.

Assisted by a late-race safety car for another LMP3 rival losing a wheel and getting stranded on track, and a tactical pit stop, Noble gained a lap on the car he was battling for third, giving him a comfortable margin to work with in the final minutes.

He took that battle to the car ahead and brought the #79 car home third, after 133 laps of the 5.4 km circuit.

After cold weather races in Shanghai last month and at Fuji, the Asian Le Mans Series has warmer climates ahead with the next round at Buriram in Thailand on 12 January, with the series concluding the following month at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Colin Noble: ”Actually, I’m pretty pleased with that result. Coming into the race I thought we would not get to the podium starting from the back and with the conditions we found ourselves dealing with.

“Our pace though was there all day and when you look back there were a number of factors that actually held us back; Tony was hit by a Ferrari and that cost us time. I don’t think it would have made a difference to our ultimate result but we’re very encouraged with our overall performance. On pace we were amongst the very quickest out there, particularly as we race as a pair with a real Bronze that has to do plenty of heavy lifting, and Tony had to do that when the conditions were at their trickiest.

“We’re learning these tracks for the first time and when you throw a bit of weather into the equation that becomes tougher. All in all though the team will go away from here happy with that.”

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Newtongrange drugs discovery

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 11:11
Police in Midlothian have recovered around £35,000 worth of Class B drugs following enforcement activity in Newtongrange.

New grants give our little ones the best start in life

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 08:55
There’s more help available for low income families with applications now open for pregnancy and baby payments.

Dalkeith musician packs his bags for new song

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 07:07
Dalkeith singer songwriter Mark Corbett has a new single and promo video out, all about the dilemma of trying to decide where to go on holiday.

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