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Midlothian Chief leaves for Falkirk

6 hours 29 min ago

Midlothian’s Chief Executive Kenneth Lawrie has been appointed as Falkirk Council’s new Chief Executive.

He will take up his new role from the start of August 2018 following the retirement of current Chief Executive Mary Pitcaithly OBE in June 2018.

Mr Lawire joined local government in 1994 since then he has held various positions at Dartford Borough Council and Scottish Borders Council, taking up the position at Midlothian in September 2009.

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council said: “Kenneth is the right choice to lead the massive transformation and investment programme which is taking place across the Council as we strive to make significant changes to improve and modernise the way we deliver our services.

“With a wealth of experience and a good track record he will know instinctively what needs to be done to make these changes and bring about efficiencies during a period of transformation and improvement.

Kenneth Lawrie said: “This is a great opportunity to take forward Falkirk Council and help to deliver great services to those who need them most in the future.

“The role will be demanding and with many challenges but I am confident that close working with elected members and staff will ensure we all have a part to play in making the area a better place to work, live and visit.

“It’s an exciting time to be Chief Executive and I want to show I can help to improve Falkirk Council as an organisation and look forward to the coming years in leading this work.”

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Dalkeith High is the highest

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 15:58

Dalkeith High School is the top-ranked Midlothian secondary school.

According to the recently published list of the top performing state secondary schools in Scotland by The Times newspaper, Dalkeith High School is the top-ranked Midlothian secondary school with their nearest competitor fourteen places below us. The list has been compiled using data on attainment at Higher level supplied by Scottish Government and compares performance between schools with similar catchment areas.

Dalkeith High School has also made it into the top third of the table of all state secondary schools in Scotland, the only Midlothian school to do so.

School Position Dalkeith High School 91 Beeslack Community High School 105 Lasswade High School 155 St David’s High School 178 Penicuik High School 228 Newbattle High School 259

There are a total of 279 state secondary schools in Scotland.

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New bags please!

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 15:35

Written by Phil Bowen, editor

For the last month residents in Midlothian have not been getting replacement green food recycling bags. There is anedoctal evidence, based on the number of bins put out each week, that residents have stopped recycling their food waste whilst they await new bags.

Midlothian View asked the council what had gone wrong.

A spokesman said: “We apologise for any inconvenience to residents while we wait on a delivery of green food recycling bags. They are due in the next couple of weeks. There’s no evidence of a downturn in food recycling.

“Residents don’t need to use council-supplied bags to recycle their food waste. Any bin liner or other plastic bags such as bread bags or frozen vegetable bags, or even newspaper and paper bags can be used to contain waste. Specific food waste liners, which do not need to be biodegradable, are widely available from local retailers.

“Residents can request a delivery of the bags when they do arrive by emailing their address to recycling@midlothian.gov.uk.”

The recycling bags are made in China and there is an 8 week lead time on delivery.

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