Community News

Mayfield fires raise concerns

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 07:23
Concerns have been raised about the number of recent fires in Mayfield, with four incidents reported in a week earlier this month.

Midlothian Council: Soutra Mains bus stop questionable

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 06:52
Demands for two new bus stops to be built next to a new rural retail unit  on the A68 have been described as “questionable”.

Midlothian Council’s setback in Gorebridge ‘Gas Street’ compensation claim

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 20/03/2019 - 16:31
Midlothian Council’s £12 million legal claim against two companies which advised it on a doomed housing development has received a setback.

Are you a tenant or on the housing list?

Midlothian Council - Wed, 20/03/2019 - 15:10
We are considering making changes to the way we allocate council housing.

Death crash Midlothian surgeon escapes jail

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 20/03/2019 - 14:46
A surgeon whose momentary lapse of concentration at the wheel caused a fatal head-on crash in which a woman died escaped a prison sentence today (Wednesday).

Midlothian’s best places to eat and drink

Midlothian View - Wed, 20/03/2019 - 12:19

More than 30 businesses across East Lothian and Midlothian are celebrating after reaching the finals of the esteemed Mid & East Lothian Food & Drink Awards 2019 following applications across all categories.
Organised by the Mid & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce, the awards are open to food and drink outlets, providers and producers in East Lothian & Midlothian.

East Lothian and Midlothian have an excellent base for growth in food, drink, agriculture and seafood, with its wide range of primary produce, new businesses, big name brands and international connections. The food, drink and agriculture sector is a significant part of the region’s economy.

This year’s award categories include Best Eatery in a Visitor Attraction, Takeaway of the Year, Café / Tea Room of the Year, Pub of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Excellence in Customer Service, Most Innovative Product, Local Producer of the Year and Commitment to Developing Young Talent.

The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 27th March at Eskmills Venue, Musselburgh. Ticket is £54pp including VAT and can be purchased online at HERE

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Chamber Chief Executive, George Archibald said: “The quality of entries to this year’s Midlothian & East Lothian Food & Drink Awards was incredibly high, which made the judging process challenging, but enjoyable.

“It was great to see the strength and diversity of businesses flourishing across the two regions and we believe the finalists reflect the very best East Lothian & Midlothian have to offer. Congratulations again to everyone that entered and I’d like to wish all the finalists the very best of luck.”

The full list of finalists are:

Best Eatery in a Visitor Attraction (sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland):

  •          Archerfield Walled Garden
  •          Bistro at the Brunton
  •          Saltire Hospitality at Roslin Chapel – The Chapel Café
  •          Restoration Yard
  •          Secret Herb Garden

Takeaway of the Year (sponsored by Costco)

  •          The Bombay Spice
  •          Dino’s of Loanhead
  •          The Filling Station
  •          The Lobster Shack

Café / Tea Room of the Year (sponsored by Midlothian Innovation Centre)

  •          Giovanni Bistro
  •          Lewis & Clarke Artisan Kitchen
  •          The Loft Café & Bakery
  •          Soutra Coffee House

Pub of the Year (sponsored by East Lothian Food & Drink Ltd)

  •          Laird and Dog
  •          The Nether Abbey
  •          Royal Mackintosh Hotel
  •          Tweeddale Arms Hotel

Restaurant / Bistro of the Year (sponsored by Business Gateway – Midlothian)

  •          Buenos Aires
  •          The Campaign Room Bistro at Carberry Tower
  •          The Paper Mill
  •          The Radhuni
  •          Osteria
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Excellence in Customer Service (sponsored by HR Dept Edinburgh and the Lothians)

  •          Dunmuir Hotel
  •          Gigi’s Italian Restaurant
  •          Hickory
  •          Saltire Hospitality

Local Producer of the Year (sponsored by Shawfair Park)

  •          Ross’s of Edinburgh Ltd
  •          The Spice Witch
  •          Stewart Brewing Ltd
  •          William Robertson & Sons Ltd

Most innovative New Product (sponsored by CATAX)

  •          Aye Pickled
  •          MaRobert’s
  •          The Old Curiosity Distillery
  •          The Rocketeer Restaurant

Commitment to Developing Young Talent (sponsored by DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian)

  •          Borthwick Castle
  •          Carberry Tower Mansion House & Estate
  •          Nether Abbey Hotel
  •          Stewart Brewing Ltd

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MSP raises Borders Railway issue with minister

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 20/03/2019 - 07:38
Michelle Ballantyne MSP has written to the Scottish Government’s Transport Secretary asking to meet regarding overcrowding on the Borders Railway.

Bonnyrigg charity shop’s hopes of Stepping Stones to a new home

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 20/03/2019 - 07:00
A Bonnyrigg charity shop and community projects hub, due to lose its home on April 1, is desperately looking to remain in Midlothian.

More railway disruption

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 20/03/2019 - 06:34
Angry ScotRail passengers condemned the cancellation of ten trains on the Borders Railway on Sunday as among the worst disruption since it re-opened.

Scots invited to take a bite out of The Big Lunch during its 10th anniversary

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 19/03/2019 - 16:39
A new survey has revealed that one in five people in the UK have never spoken to their neighbours.

Penicuik Athletic boss makes plea for pitch

Midlothian View - Tue, 19/03/2019 - 15:49

Tony Begg, Penicuik Athletic and the youth club’s development officer Louise Shepherd

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

An investment of just 24 pence a day is all that is being asked to support the health and fitness of children in Penicuik, a football chief has told councillors.

Tony Begg, manager of Penicuik Athletic, was speaking as he backed the club’s youth movement’s demands for their pitch to be recarpeted at a cost of £250,000.

The campaign to have the pitch, used by Penicuik Athletic Youth Club, resurfaced has already drawn support from Scotland international Claire Emslie, who grew up playing there, local politicians, Police Scotland and the town’s medical centre.

Mr Begg revealed that the adult teams at the club no longer played on what had been their training grounds because they had “lost confidence” in the surface.

They now travel to Peffermill in Edinburgh to train before their weekly matches.

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And he warned the youth teams, who still currently use it, would also have to move further afield or see their numbers fall unless urgent actions is taken.

He told a meeting of Midlothian Council’s petitions committee “the pitch is done”.

Mr Begg urged councillors to find the money to recarpet the surface pointing out that a recentUEFA report had estimated grassroots football investment in Scotland brought a return of £1.25billion to society and over £762million in health benefits.

He said: “There are 350 players under the age of 18 from our town. A £250,000 investment over eight years is £89 per year for each of these children and equates to 24 pence a day.

“I am asking if you are prepared to invest 24p per day in the children of Penicuik to keep them healthy and active.”

And he pointed out that current charges for using the pitch, which are about gto increase, brought in an annual revenue of £33,000 so the investment would “wash its face”.

A petition calling on the local authority to resurface the pitch, which is 12 years old, was launched by Penicuik Athletics Youth Club (PAYC) club development officer Louise Shepherd.

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At the meeting yesterday councillors were told it had received nearly 600 signatures on line and 88 on paper.

Among those backing the petition is Scotland international Claire Emslie, who grew up playing on the pitch, which is across from Penicuik High School.

The council’s own facilities manager Garry Sheret confirmed the pitch needed to be resurfaced.

He said: “It is compressed to the point that it is hard and some areas are bare of turf.”

The committee agreed to pass the petition to its director of resources to look at funding again and report back to council before it breaks for recess in June.

They also said it would be included in next year’s capital budget as a proposal.

Following the meeting Mr Begg said: “It is encouraging that the councillors recognise the value football has to the wider community and that they are going to inlcude it in the budget for next year.

“It is all about keeping the pressure on.”

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Travelodge plans to open in Dalkeith

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 19/03/2019 - 12:44
Travelodge plans to open a hotel in Dalkeith as part of its Scottish expansion plans, investing £6 million and creating new jobs.

Midlothian MP to host her second annual women’s event

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 19/03/2019 - 12:34
Danielle Rowley MP is hosting ‘Women’s Matters: Everyday Action’, her second annual women’s conference, next Saturday (March 30) at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange, 12pm-5pm.

Woman sexually assaulted in old Dalkeith High School car park

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Tue, 19/03/2019 - 11:41
Police in Midlothian are appealing for witnesses following a serious sexual assault in Dalkeith.

Serious sexual assault in Dalkeith

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 19/03/2019 - 11:22
Police in Midlothian are appealing for witnesses following a serious sexual assault in Dalkeith.

Heating issues resolved

Midlothian Council - Tue, 19/03/2019 - 10:23
We had been having problems with heating at Beeslack High School and Mayfield and St Luke's primaries. These issues have now been resolved.

Eater Bush set for new super computer

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 19/03/2019 - 07:05
Midlothian is to host a £79 million national supercomputer that will be five times quicker than the UK’s current capabilities.

Midlothian crimebeat March 5-12

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 19/03/2019 - 06:40
Here is your weekly round-up of crime across Midlothian, as reported by Police Scotland.

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