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SGN gas works beginning in Danderhall on 2 July

Midlothian Council - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 14:48
SGN gas works are to be carried out in Danderhall beginning Monday 2 July.

Plenty of fun activities for children with support needs

Midlothian Council - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 14:48
From drama to days out, sports to sensory garden workshops, our summer fun programme for children with additional support needs is jam-packed with inclusive activities.

2 Scots return from Iraq service to Penicuik base

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 14:12
Glad to be firmly back on Scottish soil, soldiers have returned to their Penicuik base after a six-month tour in Iraq.

Lots of fun for children with additional support needs

Midlothian View - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 12:20

From drama to days out, sports to sensory garden workshops, a summer fun programme for children with additional support needs is jam-packed with inclusive activities.

Midlothian Council children’s services has worked with partner agencies to devise a menu of summer activities for parents to choose what best meets their children’s over the summer holidays.

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Jim Muirhead said:

“We know from a recent VOCAL survey that families are looking for lots of local activities that work for them.

“Our staff and partner agencies have worked really hard to come up with an inclusive programme to cater for all tastes and abilities – whether you love to craft or are happier playing a sport.

“I think the programme is so varied that there might be quite a lot of demand so get onto our website now to find out more, including how to book.”

Find out more at www.midlothian.gov.uk/summer-fun

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Last chance to vote for deserving Midlothian youngsters

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 06:30
You have until next week to nominate youngsters making a positive difference to their community for a Midlothian’s Young People Awards.

Midlothian businesswoman wants you to have your say on rural life

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 06:18
Carrington-based businesswoman Lynn Mann is urging locals to take part in the National Council of Rural Advisers consultation.

Bonnyrigg amputee hits out at council

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 05:58
A disabled woman from Bonnyrigg, who lost a leg following a toe infection, is urging Midlothian Council to upgrade her home to suit her needs.

Provost pays tribute to reservists for Armed Forces Week

Midlothian View - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 15:06

To mark Army Reserves Day on Wednesday 27 June, Midlothian’s provost, Councillor Peter Smaill paid tribute to the council’s reservists, including risk and safety advisor Grant Kenny, pictured.

Decorated 10 times, Grant served with The Royal Engineers for 23 years, 19 of those as an army commando.

During his distinguished career, Grant saw active service in countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq and Northern Ireland.

Grant, who lives in East Lothian with wife Lesley and two daughters, Samantha and Lucy, is one of three reservists in the council. As a member of the Regular Reserves, Grant can be called up to serve his country right up until the age of 60.

The other two reservists are Fiona Williamson, a secondary school teacher at Lasswade High School and lifelong learning and employability worker Chris Elliott.

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Councillor Smaill said:

“It is a real honour to hear more about the vital role our reserves play in emergencies and during threats to national security. Meeting Grant was absolutely fascinating. His active service was awe inspiring, as were his collection of well-deserved medals.

“During Armed Forces Week and Army Reserves Day, it is very important to acknowledge the debt we owe people like Grant.“

To mark the start of Armed Forces Week, the provost will also be attending the annual flag raising ceremony at Penicuik Town Hall on Monday 25 June.

The Army Reserve is the largest of the Reserve Forces. As well as Regular Reserves, who have previously served in the army, people can be Volunteer Reserves. According to MOD statistics, in October 2017 reserves made up about one sixth of armed forces personnel.

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Fiona is a reservist with 51 Coy, part of 5 MI Battalion, based in Edinburgh. She is an Operator Military Intelligence (OPMI) soldier which means her job is to gather, analyse, and interpret information. The intelligence helps commanders to make decisions at all levels. The Corps motto is “Manui Dat Cognitio Vires” meaning “knowledge gives strength to the arm” which fits in well with her day job as a secondary teacher.

She currently teaches Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS) at Lasswade High school. She spent a year working full time with the Army, and met her husband who is a Regular Int Corps soldier, while training during her summer holidays one year. He has been into the school to talk to the pupils about how RMPS skills can transfer to the workplace. Both jobs are varied and very fulfilling. She says she loves them equally and being able to serve both her country and the community.

Lifelong learning and employability worker Chris Elliott is with 612 Squadron, RAF Medical Reserves at Leuchars. Chris says a lot of the skills developed in the reserves, are directly transferable to his day to day work within the council.

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Record number of pupils in jobs, further education and training

Midlothian View - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 10:15

A total of 94.4% of school leavers in Midlothian are in a sustained positive destination, such as a job, further education or training, according to new figures published today.

This is the council’s highest recorded figure to date. It is up on last year’s figures and shows a 6.4% improvement over the last 5 years.

The figures, collated by the national skills body, Skills Development Scotland, show that nationally, 92.9% of school leavers are in a positive destination.

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Councillor Jim Muirhead, Midlothian’s Cabinet Member for Education, said:

“Since 2012 I am delighted to say we have managed to sustain the numbers of young people maintaining their positive destination from leaving school”

“Our ambition is to see all of school leavers go onto a positive destination.

“Numerous initiatives are in place to support young people. For example, we work with the Regional ‘Developing Young Workforce’ Group of the chambers of commerce to run an annual jobs road show in Midlothian . This event attracts more than 400 pupils from all our high schools to meet up with 30 recruiting businesses and our school breakfasts with business representatives.”

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Councillor Muirhead urged every young person who has left school but feels in need of extra support to get in touch. He said:

“You can either phone the council’s Lifelong Learning and Employability Service 0131 271 3923/3450 or get in touch with Skills Development Scotland on 0800 917 8000.”

The figures are collated in March 2018 and relate to pupils leaving in the 2016/17 academic year. The sustained figures therefore show the percentage of pupils still in a positive destination nine months after that academic school year ends the previous June.

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Record number of school leavers in jobs, training and further education

Midlothian Council - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 09:26
94.4% of school leavers in Midlothian are in a sustained positive destination, such as a job or further education.

SGN work in Bonnyrigg starting on Monday 2 July

Midlothian Council - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 08:07
SGN, which looks after the gas network in Scotland, will be upgrading the network in the Dundas Street/Cockpen Road, area of Bonnyrigg from Monday 2 July.

Traffic restrictions in Dalkeith over weekend

Midlothian Council - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 07:52
Local people and anyone heading to the Let’s Rock Scotland event at Dalkeith Country Park on Saturday 23 June are advised to use public transport and to stagger your journey if at all possible.

MSP visits award-winning intergenerational project

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 06:29
Lothian MSP Jeremy Balfour (Con) visited Gorebridge recently to meet those who take part in an award-winning intergenerational project.

Marathon effort for charity

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 06:11
Melville Housing Association property manager Martin Sloan raised £500 for Edinburgh-based bereavement charity Richmond’s Hope by completing the recent Stirling Marathon.

Call to extend Borders Railway to Carlisle

Midlothian View - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 15:41

Today politicians from both Westminster and Holyrood have addressed the Borderlands Conference in Dumfries, where people from across the South of Scotland and North of England have met to discuss the impact that a Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal could have on the economy either side of the border.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) insists that there must be a clear focus on infrastructure and communications improvements as well as direct representation of the interests of small businesses. In particular, the FSB is calling for the successful Borders Railway to be extended to Carlisle.

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Hans Waltl, FSB Leader in the Scottish Borders, said:

“Businesses in the Borders have high hopes for the Borderlands growth deal and it is up to the politicians to ensure that these expectations are fulfilled. In particular, we expect the foundations to be put in place for transformational projects such as the extension of the Borders Railway through Hawick to Carlisle. This would open up new economic possibilities for our region and foster even greater levels of cross-border activity, linking better with the West Coast Main Line and the new planned passenger services at Carlisle Airport.

“Alongside this, plans by both Transport Scotland and Highways England to upgrade the A1 to dual carriageway status between Edinburgh and Newcastle should be prioritised for funding; linking the eastern Borders better with nearby city economies. Bolstering the wider Borders economy should be investment in world class digital infrastructure to ensure that our businesses are able to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.

“With 94% of businesses in the Borders being micro or small businesses, it will also be important for the new growth deal to put these businesses at the heart of its work through the appointment of a small business champion. As the politicians hammer out the shape of the Borderlands deal, they must be ambitious for our local businesses.”

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Planning application launched for 100 new homes in Rosewell

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 10:22
A planning application has been launched to build 100 new homes in Midlothian.

Astroturf stolen from playpark

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 08:35
Police are appealing for information following the theft of Astroturf from a play park in Mayfield last month.