Community News

Penicuik woman’s Fringe show puts army women first

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 08:22
A Penicuik playwright/ director’s Fringe show based on interviews with women serving as and married to Commonwealth soldiers in the British Army, begins today (Friday).

Call for answers from council investigation

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 13:48
The chairman of the Midlothian Federation of Community Councils is calling for answers to the serious fraud allegations investigation into the council’s roads department.

Lottery funding boost for local youngsters

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 10:00
Young people in Midlothian are set to benefit after three local projects received funding from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund.

River South Esk pollution issue stinks

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:42
Pollution has been spilling out into the River South Esk between Dalkeith and Newtongrange, leaving sanitary products and other items in the popular river.

Planning application for new homes in Roslin

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:17
Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has submitted a planning application to Midlothian Council for the provision of 304 new homes on land off Main Street on the northern boundary of Roslin.

Apply for lottery funding, urges local MP

Midlothian View - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:48

Goldies Cymru received £10,000 in 2016 to introduce a ten month project which incorporates singing and activity sessions for those who are visually impaired.

Danielle Rowley MP is encouraging good causes in her constituency of Midlothian to apply for a share of a funding pot worth over £3 million that has been raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery to support projects helping local people.

Awards of between £500 and £20,000 are available to both charities and community groups, with applications being open for the funding from 1 August until the 15 August.

This is the last chance organisations will have to apply for the funding in 2018, and so far this year over 350 projects across Great Britain have been supported. With previously funded initiatives ranging from community choirs for carers, to sports clubs, to wildlife conservation charities, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups to access funding to make a difference in the local community.

There are three trusts that groups can apply for funding through. Each trust focuses on a particular theme. Postcode Community Trust looks for applications on initiatives that will benefit communities through the delivery of grass roots health and wellbeing programmes; People’s Postcode Trust supports projects aimed at promoting human rights, employability and combatting poverty; while Postcode Local Trust focuses on proposals that aim to improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces.

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Commenting on the opportunity, Danielle said:

“There are so many brilliant community projects in Midlothian that could benefit from this fantastic chance to secure funding, get an initiative off the ground or expand the reach of a service. Across the three trusts there is scope for such a wide variety of organisations to benefit, and I’d strongly encourage them to visit the website, find out where their project could fit and get an application in.”

A minimum of 32% from every People’s Postcode Lottery ticket goes directly to good causes. To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £320 million for more than 4,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Goldies Cymru received £10,000 in 2016 to introduce a ten month project which incorporates singing and activity sessions for those who are visually impaired. Goldies Cymru is a social initiative, bringing positive change to marginalised vulnerable people in Wales. Using social singing and activity sessions, they encourage participation and functional exercise. Based on memory-evoking songs of the 1950’s, they encourage activities that improve mental and physical health. Goldies Cymru is open to all, with most participants being older people living in social isolation, and adults with learning disabilities and their carers.

For more information and to apply for funding, please visit the trusts’ three websites:

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Man dies in road collision at Easter Howgate

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:27
A man has died after his car collided head-on with an HGV lorry on the A702 yesterday (Tuesday) morning.

Annual event has been thrilling locals for more than half a century

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:00
Large crowds turned out on Saturday to enjoy this year’s Dalkeith Festival.

Midlothian set to benefit from historic £1.3bn City Region Deal

Midlothian View - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:18

Providing a flyover for Sheriffhall roundabout is one of the projects funded by the City Region Deal.

Midlothian’s economy is set to benefit from a £1.3bn investment package, following the formal signing this week of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

The Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, Scottish Government and Midlothian, Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian Councils, along with the region’s universities and colleges. There are also regional partners from the private and third sectors.

The Deal was formally signed in Edinburgh on Tuesday by Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The UK and Scottish governments will invest £300m each over the next 15 years with the other partners, including Midlothian Council, committing to an additional £700m. The investment is expected to generate a £5bn boost for the area’s economy over the same period.

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Projects planned for Midlothian include the building of a world class Data Infrastructure Hub by the University of Edinburgh at Easter Bush; the construction of the new A701 relief road and A702 spur road, and funding for major improvement to the A720 Sheriffhall junction.

Midlothian can also expect to benefit from City Deal investment in the integrated regional skills programme and potentially with new secondary school ‘centres of excellence’, similar to the digital centre of excellence recently opened at the new Newbattle High School. Other benefits will include major construction projects, transport improvements and new affordable housing.

A food and drink innovation hub is also planned for Queen Margaret University, just to the east of Shawfair, along with major investment in the Edinburgh Bioquarter, located near Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

“Following the official signing, work on the City Region Deal projects can begin in earnest,” said Midlothian council leader, Councillor Derek Milligan.

“The planned investment builds on our area’s many strengths, particularly in research, technology and innovation. It will also act as a catalyst in accelerating economic growth by encouraging further investment and boosting the economy of Midlothian and the wider area.”

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