Community News

Union members recommended to reject pay offer

Midlothian Advertiser - 5 hours 22 min ago
Local services across Scotland could be plunged into crisis after UNISON, Unite and the GMB wrote to COSLA to say they will recommend their members reject their revised pay offer when they consult them in the coming weeks.

MP condemns defence proposals

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 06:00
Plans to cut defence spending as part of a revised blueprint for an independent Scotland are “irresponsible and short-sighted”, a Scottish Conservative MP and former naval officer has said.

Minister opens new affordable housing

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 05:30
A new affordable housing development for the area’s largest registered social landlord has been opened in Bonnyrigg.

Midwives are under growing pressure

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 11:09
The increase in obesity levels, age of mothers in pregnancy and a big rise in midwifery vacancies is putting Scottish maternity services under pressure.

A772 Gilmerton Road, Eskbank, Dalkeith - Temporary Road Closure

Midlothian Council - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 08:02
Road will be closed from 7:30pm Friday 28 September until 6:00pm Sunday 30 September for resurfacing works.

Training to aid investigations

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 06:00
Bus operator Lothian has begun bus driving training for Police Scotland’s Divisional Road Policing Unit in Edinburgh.

New supply in pipeline

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 05:00
A seven-mile pipeline is currently being installed in the Pentland Hills to help to deliver fresh, clean drinking water to more than 165,000 people in Edinburgh and the Lothians area.

Anger over street lighting

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 19/09/2018 - 06:00
Dalkeith residents have criticised Midlothian Council for replacing a conservation area’s street lighting with new lampposts which they say are unsuitable.

Helping to plan for the future

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 19/09/2018 - 05:30
A series of ‘Planning for the Future’ roadshows, which will offer Scottish farmers advice on everything from accounting to writing a will, is to be held around the country.

Accusation city bypass is not a priority

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 19/09/2018 - 05:00
New Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has been accused of putting the brakes on improvements to Edinburgh City Bypass.

Garden competition winners announced

Midlothian View - Tue, 18/09/2018 - 15:06

Kevin Armstrong in his garden being presented with a gold certificate for Best Overall Garden and another gold certificate for Best Floral Garden by Depute Provost Margot Russell.

Bonnyrigg resident Kevin Armstrong and Lewis and Jean Bassindale from Roslin have won joint first place in the Midlothian Council Tenants Garden Competition 2018.

The annual competition is judged by Midlothian Council tenants. They were impressed with the high standard of entries this year and found it hard to choose between the two top prize winners. Kevin impressed them with his stunning garden that features herbaceous and ornamental shrubs, decking, a green house and a pond. The Bassindales are keen gardeners and have had success in the competition before, winning the competition last year. They were awarded top prize again because judges were impressed by the mixture of plants and flowers in their garden and the tidy lawn.

Kevin also won the gold award in the Best Floral Display category. He has been in his home for eight years and says it took him five years to get the garden looking like it does today. Kevin managed to salvage many of the plants he used from an acquaintance who was doing a garden clearance. He still has lots of ideas for further development of his garden and future plans include a shed and a hot tub.

Commenting on winning the competition he said: “I really enjoy spending time in the garden. It was quite neglected and characterless when I moved in and I have spent many years improving it. This is the first year that I have entered the competition and it’s great to have my efforts recognised by winning the awards for Best Overall Garden and Best Floral Display. I’m proud that I managed to achieve what I have by salvaging plants that were surplus to requirements. I also managed to source a recycled trellis and garden furniture. ”

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The Depute Provost, Councillor Margot Russell said:

“Congratulations to all the dedicated gardeners who participated in the competition – particularly to the joint gold prize winners Kevin and Jean and Lewis. Gardening is a satisfying hobby that not only keeps you fit but rewards you with a pleasant outdoor space to relax in. The gardens belonging to all the prize winners also enhance their local neighbourhood.”

All Midlothian Council Tenants Garden Competition 2018 winners received Dobbies Garden Centre vouchers. Winners were as follows:

Best Overall Garden:

Gold joint first
Mr Kevin Armstrong, Bonnyrigg
Mr and Mrs Lewis Bassindale, Roslin

Silver plus
Mr and Mrs Liddle, Bonnyrigg
Mr and Mrs Peter Pryde, Dalkeith
Mrs Hazel Sweeney, Mayfield

Silver
Mr and Mrs Peter Herriot, Woodburn
Mrs Mary Gibson, Dalkeith
Mr Steven Harvey, Gorebridge
Mrs Sarah Weir, Dalkeith

Best Floral Display:

Gold
Mr Kevin Armstrong, Bonnyrigg

Silver plus
Mr and Mrs Lewis Bassindale, Roslin
Mr and Mrs Liddle, Bonnyrigg
Mr and Mrs Peter Pryde, Dalkeith

Silver
Mrs Hazel Sweeney, Mayfield
Mr and Mrs Herriot, Woodburn
Mrs Mary Gibson, Dalkeith

Most Improved

Gold
Tracey McCulloch, Dalkeith
Mr and Mrs John Dent, Dalkeith

Tallest Sunflower:

Gold
Tyler Harvey, Gorebridge (age 5)

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College to offer first Forest School

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 18/09/2018 - 10:23
Newbattle Abbey College is planning to run its first ever Forest School and Outdoor Learning Leadership course (SCQF Level 8) on on October 7 and 8.

Major Dalkeith road reopens after two-car collision

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Tue, 18/09/2018 - 09:49
A road in Dalkeith has reopened following a two-car collision earlier this morning.

Public urged to get behind services

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 17/09/2018 - 15:35
People need to get behind their local health and care services if they are to have any chance of succeeding in the future.

Health secretary announces “immediate” mesh implant ban after Loanhead woman’s death

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 17/09/2018 - 12:49
The use of transvaginal mesh implants has been immediately halted in NHS Scotland, the health secretary has announced.

Luke Mitchell: I would rather stay in jail than admit my guilt for murder of Jodi Jones

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Sun, 16/09/2018 - 13:29
JODI Jones killer Luke Mitchell has spoken from his prison cell for the first time and claims that he would rather stay behind bars than plea guilty to murder.