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Smelly pigs in nanny state claim

Midlothian View - 5 hours 38 min ago

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

A pig farm ordered to shut down before new housing is built near it has been given a reprieve after councillors branded the demand “nanny-state”.

Plans to build 620 new houses on land across two farms at Millerhill, Midlothian, were given the go ahead at a meeting of the local authority’s planning committee this week.

However planning officers had added a condition demanding the pig farm, which lies on part of the site earmarked for housing at a later date, be closed before the first property is occupied.

They told councillors that concerns about “odour issues” for the new houses had been raised.

They added a condition to the planning application that insisted “no dwelling shall be occupied until the pig farm at Wellington Farm has cease to operate and all the pig manure on the site has been cleared from it.”

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Planning committee chairman Councillor Russell Imrie, Labour, said the condition lacked common sense.

He said: “With regard to us requesting the pig farm be closed down, forgive me when I say this but if you’re going to buy a house you look at the environment round about you. You know there is a pig farm there, for us to determine what should be there – I am not quite sure I follow that.”

He was backed by Councillor Colin Cassidy, SNP, who said: “Sometimes we do step over into the realms of nanny state when it comes to these things.

“People are educated, they are going to buy a house and do their homework, they will look around and see there is a pig farm there.”

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Peter Arnsdorf, council planning manager, pointed out that the pig farm was expected to be closed and turned into part of the proposed housing at some point as part of the overall plans.

However the committee agreed to remove the condition before approving the plans which will see the housing built across Newton Farm and Wellington Farm, where the pigs are based, off Old Craighall Road.

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Council tells staff to take holiday if severe weather hits

Midlothian View - 7 hours 20 min ago

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

East Lothian council workers who live in the countryside are being advised to set aside their holidays to cover absences from work or face losing pay if another Beast from the East hits.

A revised staffing policy for severe weather absences warns East Lothian Council will continue to dock the pay of workers who cannot get to work if storms hit.

But it suggests those who live in rural communities “may wish to consider holding back some of their annual leave for events such as adverse weather”.

Councillor Jeremy Findlay, whose ward covers North Berwick coastal communities, told a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Tuesday that he had a “moral problem” with staff being penalised because they lived in rural areas.

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Raising his concerns about the revised policy, Mr Findlay told cabinet members: “I have a moral problem with someone who lives in the rural county where roads are under two feet of snow being adversely affected when they are being told by police they should not travel and as a result their wages will be docked.”

However the council’s chief executive Angela Leitch told councillors that if staff could not fulfill their contract the council “could not pay them”.

Anger over the way East Lothian Council handled last year’s severe snow storms led councillors to overturn its long-standing policy on absences and agree to pay workers who had been unable to get into work.

Many workers were stunned to be told that, while police were warning people to stay at home, the council was continuing with its established policy advising them they would have to take time in lieu or unpaid leave to cover the time they were unable to work during the crisis.

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While other local authorities, such as City of Edinburgh Council, took to social media to assure staff they would be paid if they were unable to work during the Wednesday and Thursday of the red weather warnings last March, East Lothian Council repeated its advice that workers should report to work if it was “safe to do so”, or attend the nearest council office or suitable premises, or work from home or other suitable locations.

Following a review of its actions, wages were reinstated for those who missed work during red weather warnings and the policy was reviewed.

However the revised policy, which was approved by Cabinet this week, showed little change except adding in advice for rural workers to set aside holidays.

Councillor WIllie Innes, council leader, said he expected that should another Beast from the East hit the county, councillors would once again step in to ensure wages were not docked.

He said: “It is impossible to have a policy that pleases everyone. Last year members took the decision to pay staff – I would hope if it happened again we would consider making similar commitments.”

The cabinet approved the new policy.

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Rosslynlee Hospital councillors stand firm on contributions

Midlothian View - 7 hours 35 min ago

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Councillors fighting to save an historic hospital from falling into ruin have set their own ‘red lines’ in a row over developers’ contributions.

The owners of Rosslynlee Hospital, which has lain empty in Roslin since 2010, want to develop the site and surrounding land by building nearly 400 homes on it as well as commercial property.

However they have declined to pay the local authority the standard contributions needed for local investment insisting the money they will spend restoring the hospital buildings should be considered part of their payment.

At a meeting of Midlothian Council’s planning committee, red lines were drawn as councillors insisted the local authority should not have to subsidise the restoration with money which would have to be taken out of other communities.

And they demanded developers meet the full cost of expanding local schools to meet any future demand from families moving into their new homes.

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Councillor John Hackett told the committee: “In effect we are asking every other resident of Midlothian to help fund the restoration of this building.

“Given it was the NHS who owned the property I would argue it should have been them. I think it would be adding insult to injury if we approved the application without appropriate contributions.”

Category-C listed Roslynlee Hospital closed in 2010 and was sold by the NHS to a private firm.

They have three separate planning applications in with the council to build a mixture of housing on the site, adjoining fields and within the main buildings itself.

Considering all three together, Peter Arsdorf, the council’s planning manager, said the developers had offered to fund just 58 per cent of the expected contribution towards education required for a development of its size.

And he said while other housing developers were expected to make 25 per cent of the houses affordable, the Rosslyns proposals offered up less than 50 social housing units – between eight to 11 per cent.

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Recommending councillors refuse the application, Mr Arsdorf said: “The applicant’s position is that the cost of delivering the development is such that it is not appropriate to meet the developers contributions required in full and is as such dependent on the council, in effect, subsidising the development.

“Although there is significant benefit in seeing the restoration of the listed building, it is recommended that the benefit does not at this time outweigh the dis-benefits of the scheme.”

However planning committee convenor Councillor Russell Imrie suggested a final attempt to negotiate with developers should be made with “red lines drawn”.

He said: “We would love to get that building restored, it is how we do it. The council is saying we will support you as long as you meet the criteria.”

Councillor Stephen Curran backed the move to go back to developers adding: “I think we need to set out what the red lines are, I am pretty clear on what they are, to me they are the education solution.”

The committee agreed to defer a decision to allowing planning officers to take their position back to developers.

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