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£10 million Midlothian Jenga

Midlothian View - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 16:16

Midlothian Unison writes

Midlothian Council need over £10 million to plug a gap in it’s finances and Unison Midlothian is committed to encouraging our Midlothian Elected Members to obtain additional funding from the Scottish Government.

The frightening reality is that if this additional money is not obtained that there will be major cuts to services across the authority and this means hundreds of jobs will be lost. All non-statutory services are being proposed as cuts and redundancy packages for staff at its’ minimum level.

This could mean that only one library and leisure centre remain open which would seriously impact on the education and health of our residents. There may be a reduction in the support we give to our homeless, piling even more misery on the most vulnerable in our society.

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Consideration is being given to reducing the frequency of recycling and waste collections which will frustrate residents and increase the likelihood of fly tipping. The state of our roads will only deteriorate as maintenance budgets will be reduced which will include less gritting with a reduction in the winter budget.

Expect to see the grass cut less often in your town and more litter in the streets making our streets look untidy and uncared for, all of this this is not acceptable and the list could go on.

Unison Midlothian don’t just care about the council employees, we care about the residents of Midlothian and how they will be effected. We are raising our families here too and living in the community we recognise that all our services are vital for the needs of the community.

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The way we see it is over the next few weeks Midlothian Council are playing Jenga with services and jobs. Our services support each other with statutory depending on non-statutory services to function.

We need our councillors to press for additional money from the Scottish Government now. The budget formula used is antiquated and two years behind but that is a long term fight. This is the fastest growing authority in Scotland we are being penalised year on year as we have more residents but inadequate funding to operate to the level our population deserve.

We need as many people as possible to join this campaign before the chance is gone, budgets are set and decisions made. We will be continuing our campaign outside the Unison Midlothian Office, 1 Eskdail Court, Dalkeith at 12:30pm on Tuesday 22 January and walking over to Midlothian House.

ALL are welcome to join as ALL will be affected.

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Millerhill starting to generate

Midlothian View - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 15:26

Councillors Russell Imrie and Lesley Macinnes inspect the Millerhill facility

It is only 27 months since the ground was broken at the site in Millerhill in Midlothian and over this time construction of the new state-of-the-art energy-from-waste plant, which will serve the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian, has reached an advanced stage.

Waste has been received since October 2018 and treatment trials have been underway since early November. A further significant milestone was achieved in December 2018 with the generation of energy from the plant’s 13 MW turbine commencing.

Environment leaders from the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils visited the site this week, to see the progress for themselves.

The Millerhill Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre (RERC) is being developed by FCC Environment (UK), which signed a 25-year contract to deliver and operate the £142m plant in October 2016. FCC Environment (UK) has contracted the lead Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) role to a joint venture formed by FCC Medio Ambiente SA and Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI).

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The build, which was scheduled to take 30 months, is on a brownfield site which is now barely recognisable as the former Millerhill Marshalling Yard and is ahead of programme. The main building is now with complete commissioning activities well advanced ahead of the final testing required before the plant enters full operation.

In full operation the plant will treat around 135,000 tonnes of household residual waste and a further 20,000 tonnes of commercial waste every year. It will generate sufficient electricity to satisfy the energy demands of up to approximately 32,000 households. In conjunction with the partner councils district heating proposals are being developed to take full advantage of the benefits arising from the energy-from-waste process.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “I’m extremely encouraged by the progress of this project, which is fast approaching completion. By working with Midlothian Council, both areas will be able to benefit from this major energy-from-waste plant in the near future.

“As a Council, we are committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, and the new facility will be central to our efforts, while also providing a long-term solution for the recovery of value from the residual waste.”

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Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Zero Waste, Councillor Russell Imrie, said: “It’s exciting to see this partnership project coming to fruition and already generating green energy. The plant will be a huge asset, helping both councils meet Zero Waste targets and diverting an astonishing 155,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.”

A separate facility, which takes all of the food waste collected by the partner councils, is already in operation on the neighbouring site to the RERC. It is hoped these new facilities to treat both food and non-recyclable waste, creating renewable energy in the process, will help both authorities contribute to the national recycling target of 70% by 2025 and the national landfill diversion target of 95% by 2025.

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Penicuik to welcome game show obstacles event - Rough Runner

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 15:07
Some of British TV’s most famous obstacles are coming to Penicuik later this year as part of a new game show inspired event.

Electric cars rise in Midlothian welcomed by local MSP

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 14:40
Colin Beattie MSP has welcomed the news that Midlothian has seen a rise in the number of ultra-low emission vehicles since 2017.

Bilston man named as city bypass victim

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 14:38
Police Scotland have identified the man whose body was found on the central reservation of the Edinburgh City bypass near Sheriffhall Roundabout on Thursday morning.

Midlothian college course now open

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 14:23
Newbattle Abbey College is now recruiting for its six-month Preparation for Further Education Course.

Call for Midlothian Council to use town centre fund

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 14:18
Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie, has called on Midlothian Council to make the most of the Scottish Government’s planned £50 million Town Centre Fund.

Scottish children’s charity The Polar Academy needs support to help shape young lives

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 13:52
A conversation with former First Minister Jack McConnell changed explorer Craig Mathieson’s life forever.

Midlothian crimebeat - January 8-14

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 12:43
Here is your weekly round-up of crime across Midlothian, for January 8-14, as reported by Police Scotland.

Jamaican role for Penicuik man continues historical link

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 07:14
Jamaican-born scientist Sir Geoff Palmer from Penicuik has been made the first Honorary Consul for Scotland by the Jamaican Government.

Dalkeith HMO approved above the Royal British Legion

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 06:58
Young people who move into shared accommodation can’t afford cars and rely on town centres to avoid isolation, it has been claimed.

Cleaning up history at Rosslyn Chapel

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 06:38
Work has taken place this week at Rosslyn Chapel to clean the inside of the chapel’s stained glass windows.

Action needed at Leadburn

Midlothian View - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 19:37

Christine Grahame MSP at the Leadburn Junction

Local MSP Christine Grahame and Penicuik SNP Councillor Debbi McCall have called on Midlothian Council to take action on Leadburn Junction following comments by David Mundell MP.

The conservative MP stated recently that he and his conservative colleagues on both Midlothian and Borders Councils would give full backing to the campaign to improve the notorious junction.

The junction although it has had improvements over the years remains a concern especially for drivers unfamiliar with it.

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Commenting Ms Grahame said:

“The Leadburn Junction has been a source of safety concern for local residents for many years. I’d welcome any action to improve it, but ultimately this falls at the feet of Midlothian Council.

“Mr Mundell’s support is welcome, but as his Tory colleagues share the balance of power in Midlothian Council I, and indeed local residents, will want to see these words backed up by real action to improve the junction.”

Councillor Debbi McCall added:

“The Labour/Tory coalition should put their money where their mouth is, I therefore look forward to funding being put aside by them for this in their forthcoming budget.”

As the Leadburn Junction falls just within the county of Midlothian then it is their responsibility. However, as Midlothian Council have a shortfall in their budget in the next financial year of nearly £6.8million, action on this dangerous junction is unlikely unless additional money can be found.

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Edinburgh City Bypass death: Midlothian police appeal for witnesses

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 17:13
Police in Midlothian are appealing for witnesses following the discovery of a man’s body on the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass this morning.

Council reports on performance in 2017/18

Midlothian Council - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 15:59
A public report setting out how Midlothian Council’s services performed in 2017/18 has been published by the Council.

Bilston attempted robbery: Police appeal for witnesses

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 10:20
Police in Midlothian are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Bilston.

Body found on Edinburgh City Bypass

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 09:52
A man’s body has been discovered this morning on the central reservation of the Edinburgh City Bypass.

Anger in Dalkeith at destruction of new trees

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 07:06
Residents in Dalkeith are angry with Taylor Wimpey for destroying around 30 trees on their estate instead of donating them to a new home.

Dalkeith store’s Christmas treat for dogs

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 06:33
Just before Christmas, the team at Harbro in Dalkeith handed over 15 bags of their own brand dog food to Odin’s Oath, a group helping ensure the animals at an Edinburgh homeless shelter are fed.

Expanding access to free sanitary products

Midlothian View - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 06:30

Further funding to increase the number of places where free sanitary products are available has been announced by Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell.

Local authorities will now have more funding to widen the number and range of places free sanitary products are available locally, increasing the roll-out of the Scottish Government’s world leading action and access beyond schools, colleges and universities.

Beginning now and for next financial year, a total of £4 million is being made available to local authorities, who will deliver the expansion. They will work in partnership with other organisations to meet local needs and increase availability.

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Announcing the expansion at a visit to Move On, a FareShare food centre involved in distributing sanitary products to low income people, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:

“As the first country in the world to provide access to free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities, we are going even further to increase the number of places where these vital products are available and reach more people on low incomes.

“In a society as rich as Scotland, no one should have to suffer the indignity of not having the means to meet their basic needs. We also want to continue to reduce the stigma and address the overarching gender equality and dignity issues that affect everyone who menstruate, regardless of their income.

“We are working to support people in a thoughtful and dignified way, working in partnership with organisations such as the COSLA and Move On. ”

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Midlothian Councillor Kelly Parry, COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

“COSLA welcomes the wider roll-out of free sanitary provision across our communities. Extending provision beyond education settings will help ensure that no one experiences disadvantage, anxiety, stigma or embarrassment because of lack of access to suitable products.

“COSLA, and our member councils, were amongst the first organisations in Scotland to offer free sanitary products and this wider role out further enhances this provision.”

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