Community News

Taking a dip in the pond

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 14:13
The Scottish Childminding Association’s Lisa Mackay hosted a special Childminding Week event in Vogrie Park recently.

Diamond days for Newtongrange childhood sweethearts

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 13:31
A couple from Newtongrange, who have been together since they first met at high school, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Try the new outdoor gym at Mayfield Park

Midlothian Council - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 10:14
If local people in Mayfield and Easthouses are looking toned and in tip-top condition, it might be because they’ve been hitting our new outdoor gym.

Event for former Crummock staff

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 08:27
A redundancy support event will be held in Dalkeith on Monday to help the 287 employees who lost their jobs when Bonnyrigg civil engineering firm Crummock went into receivership at the start of the month.

Oats company boosts brand

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 06:26
Loanhead-based oats company, Stoats, has partnered with British pottery brand Emma Bridgewater to create a limited-edition mug.

Midlothian’s volunteers recognised

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 05:38
Volunteer Midlothian hosted its annual Volunteer Awards ceremony last Thursday evening at Newbattle Abbey College.

Over £31k of parking tickets issued already

Midlothian View - Thu, 14/06/2018 - 14:21

Parking tickets with a value of over £31,000 have been issued by Midlothian’s new Parking Attendants since they started issuing tickets on 9th April this year.

This is the first year Decriminalised Parking has been in operation in Midlothian, which makes parking offences a civil matter rather than a criminal one, and enables the introduction of parking attendants to manage parking restrictions, for example, yellow lines, bus stops, disabled bays etc.

In April 266 parking tickets were issued with a potential value of £8,168.86 and in May 736 tickets were issued with a value of £22,970.56.

This equates to 19.3 tickets being issued per day with a value of £1,616.01.

The values are potential value as some of the tickets may be subject to appeal.

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The new parking scheme is costing the council £200,000 per year, which covers attendants, collection of fines and the appeals process. In the council’s forecast prior to the scheme’s introduction they said they expected to make a £40,000 loss on the scheme as the number of tickets would not match the costs but saw the enforcement of parking tickets as necessary to improving congestion and helping to play a role in regenerating Midlothian’s town centres.

However, at the current rate of issuing tickets the council may well make a small surplus on the scheme, though it remains to be seen whether drivers’ parking behaviour will improve leading to less tickets being issued.

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Midlothian Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for parking, Councillor John Hackett said:

“We are really pleased with the new system so far. Evidence suggests it is tackling problem parking such as cars parked on double yellow lines and in bus stops. Anecdotally, bus operators are saying it’s making life easier for passengers getting on and off the buses, especially people with a disability.

“It has also encouraged turnover of parking for shopping.

“It is way too early to project stabilised income but we do know it will be a challenge to cover costs. Indeed, if we did more than cover our costs, legally we must reinvest any surplus back into road safety initiatives.”

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Commonwealth Games heroes launch search for this year’s local sports stars

Midlothian Council - Thu, 14/06/2018 - 11:57
Midlothian’s Commonwealth Games record-breaking bowlers, Ronnie Duncan and Stacey McDougall, are encouraging locals to get nominating for the Midlothian Sports Awards 2018.

High winds could force first Queensferry Crossing closure

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 14/06/2018 - 09:57
The new Queensferry Crossing could be forced to close for the first time operators have warned, as storm Hector continues to hit Scotland.

Update - Collision in Dalkeith

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 14/06/2018 - 06:58
Police in Midlothian are continuing to investigate a road traffic collision on Salters Road in Dalkeith.

Disability benefit cuts hit Midlothian residents’pockets

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 14/06/2018 - 06:21
Freedom of Information figures supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions show that Midlothian has lost out on £1.1 million because of Tory cuts to disability benefit.

Midlothian Council fights back against potholes with extra funding

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 14/06/2018 - 06:09
Midlothian Council has put together three squads of workers to tackle the large number of potholes caused by the ‘Beast from the East’ earlier this year.

World Cup fever hits Edinburgh

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 14/06/2018 - 06:00
It’s World Cup time and Scotland will be watching from the sidelines again, but just because the Tartan Army aren’t at the party that doesn’t mean we are giving up interest altogether.

Collision leaves road closed

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 13/06/2018 - 09:44
Salters Road in Dalkeith remains closed following a road traffic collision between a motorcycle and a police vehicle which left two teenagers in hospital.

Online payments for parents a success

Midlothian Council - Wed, 13/06/2018 - 08:52
More than 70% of parents and carers have signed up for Midlothian Council’s new online school payment system, ParentPay, in the first phase of its roll out across the county.

Biker and vehicle involved in early morning Dalkeith crash

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Wed, 13/06/2018 - 06:57
The A6094 Salter’s Road is closed in both directions between Musselburgh Road, Dalkeith and Cowpit Road following a crash involving a motorbike and a vehicle.

Online jobs forum for former Crummock staff

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 13/06/2018 - 06:03
A local MSP has helped set-up an online forum to get around “preposterous” data protection laws preventing job offers to former Crummock staff.

Tributes pour in as death shocks locals in Easthouses

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 13/06/2018 - 05:57
The death of a 56-year-old woman in Easthouses last week has left the local community in shock, while a man remains in custody in connection with her death.

Do you know a young person deserving of an award?

Midlothian View - Tue, 12/06/2018 - 15:33

A number of local Year of Young People 2018 Ambassadors help launch Midlothian’s Young People Awards in Midlothian Council’s Chambers, Midlothian House. Back Row: Sarah Barron, Depute Lord Lieutenant, Julia Ellison, Lifelong Learning and Employability at Midlothian Council, Aimee Gorrie, Mary Smith, Director of Education, Communities and Economy at Midlothian Council, Heather Fleming, Positive Destinations Officer at Midlothian Council. Front row: Isabella Newton, Neve Wilson, Jacob Caldwell and Yu-Lei Tan.

There is still time to nominate a young person for Midlothian’s Young People Awards.

The closing date for the awards, which recognise the contributions of young people to communities across the county, close on Friday 29 June.

To mark the Year of Young People 2018, Midlothian Council launched the awards in May with the Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian.

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Nominations for each of the five awards can be made by individuals, youth organisations, schools and colleges and employers.

Nominees should be aged between eight and 26 years old and must live, study or work in Midlothian at the time of their nomination.

A judging panel, which will include a young person representative, will then select winners for each award category.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, hosted by Midlothian’s Lord-Lieutenant, Sir Robert M Clerk Bt, at Penicuik House on 31 August 2018. Each winner will also receive a prize on the day that they can gift to a Midlothian community group or local charity of their choice.

The six award categories reflect the various positive contributions of young people to Midlothian. The themes of participation, enterprise and regeneration are common in each of the categories. The categories are:

– Caring and Volunteering
– Local Community
– Sport and Physical Activity
– Arts and Culture
– Achievement in Learning
– The Midlothian Prize

If successful it is hoped the awards could become an annual event on the Midlothian calendar.

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Midlothian’s Young People Awards are sponsored by:

– Dalkeith Country Park and Restoration Yard
– Hunters Coaches
– Procure Wizard

Nominations can be made online on the Midlothian Council website at

Copies of the nomination forms will also be available in Midlothian Council libraries and leisure centres.

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Mayfield killer back in the dock

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 12/06/2018 - 14:03
A killer was back in the dock today (Tuesday) for punching a guard following a prison lockdown.