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Celebrating equality and diversity in Midlothian

Midlothian View - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 14:22

Celebrate the contribution that different groups make to their communities by getting involved with Equal Midlothian Week, 4-9th March 2019.

The purpose of Equal Midlothian Week is to raise awareness of equality issues and to promote a more equal Midlothian.

A range of organisations working on equalities issues will be holding events during the week to highlight the work they do to create a fairer, more inclusive Midlothian. This includes sessions about cultural awareness, disability, mental health, kinship care, domestic abuse and LGBT issues.

The week culminates with the Midlothian Mela event in the The Gorebridge Beacon (Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge, EH23 4TT) on Saturday 9th March. This annual event features music, dance, artistic performances, workshops and food. There will also be activities for adults, young people and children. Come along to this family friendly event and celebrate the work people do on equalities in Midlothian.

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Midlothian’s Equalities Champion Kelly Parry said:

“Find out more about equalities work in Midlothian by popping in to some of the free events being held during the week. Not only will you get to find out more about Midlothian’s diverse population but you will also have an opportunity to meet new people. The highlight of the week is the Mela which has become a popular annual fixture. This event for all ages and interests provides a great opportunity to socialise.”

You can see the full programme at www.midlothian.gov.uk/equal-midlothian

Equal Midlothian Week in Midlothian is supported by the Midlothian People’s Equality Group and Health in Mind.

For more information on Equal Midlothian Week, please contact Erin Cuthbertson on: 0131 271 3358, Erin.Cuthbertson@midlothian.gov.uk

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Categories: Community News

Young People Invited to Jobs Roadshow

Midlothian View - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 13:58

Young people and their parents from across Midlothian are invited to attend a free jobs roadshow at the Corn Exchange (10 New Market Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ) in Edinburgh on Wednesday 6th March, 9-4pm.

The event will offer S4 – S6 pupils, young college leavers and those who have left school within the last three years with an opportunity to meet employers with current vacancies, apprenticeships and intern opportunities. The event slogan is ‘informed, inspired and hired’.

The roadshow has been organised by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, with support from Midlothian Council. Organisations such as Skills Development Scotland will be in attendance at the event to offer guidance to young people on interview skills, applications and CV’s.

Over 50 organisations and companies will be attending to inform about opportunities including NHS Lothian, Scottish Government, Arnold Clark, HMRC, Edinburgh Airport, Apex Hotels, Ingenza, FLB Lettes, and HMRC.

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Working with DYW and other partnership agencies is vital in helping Midlothian Council achieve their goal of ensuring every young person in Midlothian moves into a positive destination after leaving school.

Councillor Jim Muirhead, Midlothian’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We want to support all our young adults to find their ideal educational and career paths. Events like the DYW jobs roadshow are a great way of helping young people meet employers and find out about the range of opportunities available to them. Employers benefit too as they get to meet talented young people face to face. Many young people have been able to move directly on to a positive destination after attending a roadshow. I would encourage any young person or parent/carer wanting information on the opportunities available, to go along.”

Fourth, fifth and sixth year pupils in Midlothian have been booked to attend the roadshow and transport into Edinburgh has been arranged for them. Anyone else who wishes to attend can just turn up on the day.

For more information on this event please contact the DYW team at dyw@edinburghchamber.co.uk or give them a call on 0131 221 2999 option 9.

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Categories: Community News

Midlothian Council: MCAT curfew arrests

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 13:18
More than 30 people have been reported to the procurator fiscal for breaking a court-imposed curfew after community police officers carried out routine bail checks.

Funding boost for Midlothian GP practices

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 06:49
GP practices in Midlothian will receive a funding boost this year, the Scottish Government has announced.

Scottish pupils warned off music exams to save schools cash

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Mon, 18/02/2019 - 17:07
Youngsters in Midlothian are being discouraged from taking music as an academic subject due to financial burdens put on individual schools by the local council, a teaching union has warned.

WATCH: Exploring the secret herb garden at Midlothian’s Old Curiosity Distillery

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Mon, 18/02/2019 - 13:26
The Secret Herb Garden off Old Pentland Road hosts more than one secret. And it is thanks to a wrangle with Midlothian Council’s planning department which threatened to plunge the quirky herb nursery and wedding venue into dissolution, that this curious secret to success has been unearthed.

Save Kippielaw Campaign

Midlothian View - Mon, 18/02/2019 - 12:30

Written by the Save Kippielaw Campaign Group

Local residents are outraged at yet another attack on their local community from developers. These are sustained and deliberate attacks amounting to harassment. Since 2004 this will be the fourth attempt by the landowner to offer this piece of countryside to developers for profit.

The last time this happened was as recently as the 2017 Local Plan when all 18 Councillors rejected the landowner’s housing proposals for Kippielaw.

The Save Kippielaw Campaign received cross party support from MPs ,MSPs, Local Councillors and Community Councils to reject the unnecessary housing and save the green space for the community. The 2017 Local Plan received 2100 comments from residents in the whole of Midlothian. 1300 of these were objections to the Kippielaw Site.

The campaign group have now discovered that Council officials have been in negotiations with the landowner to construct a deal whereby the Council will re-zone the land from countryside to housing development in return for a piece of land and a financial contribution to build a new primary school.

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Local democracy has now been replaced by developer greed supported by council officials who think they know better than our elected councillors.

This time round the landowner has doubled the area being proposed for housing. Increasing from 18 acres last time to 50 acres, the site includes the “triangle field” which separates Easthouses from Kippielaw and will also cross Easthouses Road joining Easthouses Way to Woodburn at the A68.

Based on recent planning applications in Mayfield, the campaign group estimate the number of new houses to be around 500. Ironically with a primary school pupil ratio of 0.5 pupils per new house, the sacrificed land will generate around 250 extra pupils making the problem of lack of school capacity even worse.

500 new houses will create around 1,250 new residents for the local area. GP practices are already stretched to breaking point. We need more GP practices not more houses.

The 2017 Local Plan states that Midlothian has met the targets for new housing set by the Scottish Government with a margin of nearly 20% flexibility overall, so there is no need for sites such as Kippielaw to be allocated for housing.

Mayfield and Easthouses have been allocated a major share of new housing in the local plan. Around 900 new houses have been proposed excluding this site. Potentially this would increase the population of Mayfield and Easthouses by 3500 residents, a 40% increase to the existing population of around 8,000. It is completely unrealistic to expect this part of Midlothian to absorb another 500 new houses simply to fund the cost of a primary school.

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Even if further sites were required for housing, this would not be an appropriate choice. Kippielaw has been rejected three times already for a whole raft of reasons:

– It would lead to the coalescence of Easthouses and Dalkeith depriving each of its separate identity.

– It is prime agricultural farmland producing much needed food for the nation.

– It is treasured green space designated by planners as countryside.

– There is a 10” diameter high pressure gas pipeline bisecting the site on both sides of Easthouses Road with a Blast Zone corridor of 34metres leaving residents with unacceptable risks in the event of a pipe fracture.

– These lands are widely used and appreciated by local residents who otherwise would have no green space between the centre of Dalkeith and the top of Mayfield.

– Further development would result in increased pressure on local services including schools at primary and secondary level, GP practices, and increased traffic flow on Easthouses Road.

– The campaign group understand that the Council has alternative sites available for a new primary school in the event that this site is rejected. Surely they should look to these alternatives rather than sell off our remaining green space for a short term cash payment.

– The Local Plan Review process is the appropriate place to discuss major planning issues such as re-zoning huge chunks of countryside for alternative uses. Individual speculative planning applications are not the appropriate forum to use to create an amended Local Plan. This just makes a mockery of the Local Plan process and renders the MLDP worthless.

-The Local Plan is an agreement between Midlothian Council and the Community. Development such as this is a fundamental breach of that agreement. A breach of Trust.

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Categories: Community News

Community Police curfew arrests

Midlothian View - Mon, 18/02/2019 - 12:13

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

More than 30 people have been reported to the procurator fiscal for breaking a court-imposed curfew after community police officers carried out routine bail checks.

The Midlothian Community Action Team (MCAT) carried out checks at more than 330 homes between October and December where people should have been in.

It said 33 people failed to present themselves to officers and were reported for breaching their bail conditions.

A report on the work of the team to Midlothian Police Fire and Rescue Board also revealed that during the same period the team carried out 57 searches of people, as well as more than 20 house searches.

A further 40 people were arrested on warrants and more than 100 breath tests carried out with no positive results.

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The report revealed that the team had supported police in a number of high-profile investigations at the end of last year, including catching a delivery driver who took parcels and uncovering a gang who were using rural buildings to carry out vehicle thefts.

It said: “MCAT officers have been involved in a number of significant incidents, including assisting in the arrest of a male employed as a delivery driver who decided to steal rather than deliver a high number of parcels.

“All the parcels were subsequently recovered during searches of two houses.

“Assistance was given to the Community Investigation Unit in searching rural buildings believed to be being used by a gang stealing, breaking up and exporting vehicles. A number of items were seized and the lease terminated by the landlord.”

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The board also heard that fire crews in Midlothian were called out to 974 incidents over the last year – a fall of nearly 20 per cent on the previous year.

The number of deliberate fires fell from 378 to 243 on the previous year, with accidental house fires also falling to just 35 over the last year, compared to 45 the year before.

The vast majority of deliberate fires were described as “secondary” with 64 per cent in waste or scrubland, woods or crops and one in three involving bins.

The report said that deliberate fires were frequently linked to other anti-social behaviour.

MCAT officers reported attending a large number of anti-social behaviour calls involving youths over the last three months of last year and said patrols had targeted hotspots.

Their report said: “This activity has been well received within the affected areas providing reassurance to residents who have been encouraged to report incidents.”

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Categories: Community News

Spaces left on some swimming classes

Midlothian Council - Mon, 18/02/2019 - 10:10
We've still got some spaces left at various swimming classes at The Lasswade Centre. Sign up now.

Record response to Midlothian health and social care consultation

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 18/02/2019 - 06:50
Midlothian Council received a record response to its recent health and social care consultation.

Roslin research teams want your views on gene-editing

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 18/02/2019 - 06:45
People are invited to share their views on the use of gene-editing technologies in animals in an online survey.

A behind the scenes tour of Traffic Scotland’s National Control Centre

Midlothian Advertiser - Sun, 17/02/2019 - 12:17
An unimposing building with an unparalleled view of the three bridges sits on the banks of the River Forth in South Queensferry.

Midlothian Council’s new recruit to share her care experiences

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 15/02/2019 - 15:00
Midlothian Council has recruited the help of a highly qualified member of staff to help launch its latest foster care campaign.

Refurbishment work brings Mayfield and Easthouses Church closer to the community

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 15/02/2019 - 15:00
Mayfield and Easthouses Church has re-opened after a £450,000 refurbishment to transform it into a community hub fit for the 21st century.

Help Midlothian fight back against scams

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 15/02/2019 - 15:00
Midlothian Council’s Trading Standards team is calling on local people to take a stand against scams.

Life saving equipment in the bag for Bonnyrigg Primary School

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 15/02/2019 - 14:48
Bonnyrigg Primary School last week took delivery of two life-saving defibrillators – one for inside the school and one accessible to the public – paid for by a donation from Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign.

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