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.
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.
- Residents put forward ideas.
- The ideas are discussed
- Residents vote for their priorities
- 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.
- Projects must be in the Dalkeith Ward
- They must be ‘Capital’ spending
- They must fit under the theme ‘Community Wellbeing’
- They must cost at least £10,000
- There should be no ongoing cost for Midlothian Council.
Two ‘ideas Generation’ events are being held.
- 10th Aug. Dalkeith Welfare Hall, 24-26 St. Andrew St, 11am-2pm.
- 12 Aug. The MARC building, 10 Woodburn Road, 6pm – 8pm
You can see the flyer for these events by following the link below
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 https://www.midlothianadvertiser.co.uk/news/people/young-dalkeith-girl-bags-local-dog-waste-solution-1-4940937
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.
“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 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
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.
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.
After representations from the Community Council, speed bumps have been installed on Easter Langside Drive and the children’s playground warning sign moved so that it is now more visible.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has indicated that it is minded to reject Edinburgh Airport’s proposals for new flight paths around the airport. This won’t mean Dalkeith becomes free from aircraft noise immediately, but the threat of a concentrated flight path right over the town has been removed for the present.