The Midlothian Federation of Community Councils and Eskbank & Newbattle Community Council have arranged a General Election Hustings where all the candidates for Midlothian, or a representative, will be present to answer questions.

it is being held in
St. John’s and Kings Park Church


Wednesday November 27th


7.00pm to 9.00pm.

The hustings are free, but you need to register as places are limited. You can do this online at

if you wish to submit a question for consideration, please send it to

Isla wins!

We are delighted to announce that Isla MacKenzie, 8, has won the 2019 Midlothian Young Persons Award in the Local Community Category. Nominated by Dalkeith and District Community Council, Isla’s work to help dog owners keep the streets of Easter Langside clear of dog mess by hanging up plastic bottles with a supply of bags appealed to the judges. The awards are sponsored by Midlothian Council and Sir Robert Clark, Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian. Sir Robert was so impressed that he has asked Isla to put a bottle in the grounds of Penicuik House.

Spend £60,000 – YOU decide!

Residents in the Dalkeith Ward are being given the chance to influence and decide on how £60,000 of public money is spent, based on the priorities of their community. There are four simple steps.

  1. Residents put forward ideas.
  2. The ideas are discussed
  3. Residents vote for their priorities
  4. The ideas with the the most votes have budgets and resources directed to them.

Anyone, so that means you, can suggest a project. There are some conditions.

  1. Projects must be in the Dalkeith Ward
  2. They must be ‘Capital’ spending
  3. They must fit under the theme ‘Community Wellbeing’
  4. They must cost at least £10,000
  5. There should be no ongoing cost for Midlothian Council.

Two ‘ideas Generation’ events are being held.

  1. 10th Aug. Dalkeith Welfare Hall, 24-26 St. Andrew St, 11am-2pm.
  2. 12 Aug. The MARC building, 10 Woodburn Road, 6pm – 8pm

You can see the flyer for these events by following the link below

Dalkeith & Woodburn leaflet FINAL

Dalkeith girl nominated for award.

Dalkeith & District Community Council have nominated eight year old Isla Mackenzie for a Midlothian Young Persons Award for her initiative to help keep the streets of Easter Langside clean. Inspired by seeing a similar project down south, Isla has been putting up plastic bottles filled with bags for dog owners to use to clear up after their pet has done what nature dictates will happen! You can read the full story that appeared in the Midlothian Advertiser here

Update – July 2019

We are delighted to say that Isla has made it to the short leet for this Award. The final is held at the start of September.

Book Launch

“Dalkeith – Aspects of the history of a Scottish burgh” is the title of a new book by David Smith, former Councillor and Provost of Dalkeith. It is a compilation of the many articles he wrote about the history of the town, many of which appeared in the Advertiser. It is being officially launched on Friday 31st May at 7.30pm in Dalkeith Library. Admission is free and tickets are available from the library. Copies of the book, price £10, will be available for sale on the evening and after that at the Dalkeith History Museum.


Following on from the announcement of a proposed film studio on Salters Road by the A68, an exhibition of the proposals was held in Woodburn Primary School on Thursday January 31st.  Initial plans were shown.  There is a great deal to commend this development, but some aspects of the initial proposals will need to be changed to make them acceptable, and local residents interests need to be protected.  The most obvious issue is the proposed rerouting of the public path/cycle way to go right round the perimeter of the site, which is unacceptable.

Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian

Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian are conducting a survey to help them develop a strategy to ensure Social Enterprise activities can develop effectively.   So whether you are involved in a community group that wants to do some trading, a local charity looking to increase financial sustainability, or a well-established social enterprise, your views will help shape this.You can find the survey at

Wester Cowden development.

Dalkeith and District Community Council are in active ongoing discussions with Midlothian Council officers after residents on Easter Langside Drive suffered damage and disturbance recently when contractors vehicles were being taken to the site of the new development at Wester Cowden.

Defibrillator project – One goes public.

On 16th May, the Defibrillator at Melville Housing’s headquarters was officially launched in its new site at the Corn Exchange making it available for public access.  This is the first of several that will be positioned around the High Street so that most of the area will soon be within the required 150m distance from a 24hr accessible defibrillator.  Thank you to Melville Housing for making this possible.