Covid-19 – Red Box collections resuming.

Midlothian Council are restarting the Red Box collections of glass from Monday April 27th.  They will be collected on the same day as the Blue Bin.

Brown Bin collections of garden waste remain suspended but it is hoped to restart them as soon as possible.  Please retain garden rubbish until this time.

Midlothian moves to Critical Services only.

Midlothian Council have announced that they have now moved to “Critical Services Only” status. This means that all available Council staff will now be deployed to ensure Critical Services are maintained, and consequently non-critical work will not be carried out in the usual way. You can find further details on the special page on the council website www.midlothian.gov.uk/coronavirus

Please be understanding of the enormous pressures currently being faced and that this will mean some tasks will not get done at this time.
Thank you to all Midlothian Council staff for the way these emergency measures have planned and executed to ensure critical services are maintained and that the vulnerable members of our community are being looked after at this time.

Crime rate down!

At the March meeting of the Community Council,  PC Robertson presented the figures for incidents occurring in February in Midlothian, and compared them with a year ago.  These showed a very encouraging trend of an increasing percentage of crimes solved in most of the categories.

Violence & Disorder – 82.3% solved, up 14% on last year

Serious assault – 93% solved, up 20%

Robbery – 58% solved, up 13%

Rape – 88.5% solved, up 40%

Acquisitive Crime – down 16.5% (350 less crimes recorded)

Housebreaking down by 26%

Motor vehicle crime down by 19.4%

Fraud up 3.7%

Anti-social behaviour down by 9.5% (513 less incidents)

Vandalism down by 8.1% (59 fewer crimes)

All the police officers who guard our community are to be thanked and congratulated for these excellent results, even more so as they come at a time of significant re-structuring within the force.