Dalkeith & District Community Council June meeting

The June meeting of Dalkeith & District Community Council is being held on Tuesday, June 9th.  Because face to face meetings cannot be held during the time of “lockdown”, the meeting will again be a virtual meeting online.  Residents in the Community Council area who wish to “attend” should follow the instructions on the ‘Meetings’ page of this website.

Covid-19: Leaflet and posters

A summary leaflet explaining what sort of help is available and how you can get it has been produced.  It will be delivered to houses in the Dalkeith area so look out for it popping through your letterbox shortly.   Some posters with the same information will shortly appear on the Community Council noticeboards and elsewhere.

Also on the leaflets and posters are details of how you can offer your services to help as a volunteer.

You can also download a copy of both the flyer and the poster.  Follow the links below

Covid-19 Flyer                                                 Covid-19 poster

 

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.

Covid-19. Payment for free school meals.

Midlothian Council has now set up a BACS payment for all Secondary pupils S1-S6 entitled to free school meals; households where there are Secondary age children and younger siblings will receive payments for all children. However families with children only in Primary schools will not receive the payment but will continue to receive food.

Payment process

This will be processed as a 4-week period direct to families, the first run will be from Monday 6 April to Friday 1 May and then processed in subsequent 4-week periods. The first payment will be in parents accounts on 9 April 2020.

Enquiries

If you have not received your payment, please contact your school in the first instance and they will be able to offer assistance. However, during the Easter break, any family having trouble accessing their funds, leaving the house or who has received a shielding letter should contact

Heather Ritchie.   •  Email: Heather.Ritchie@midlothian.gov.uk

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.

Final information session.

The last information session for ‘Dalkeith and Woodburn Decide’, is being held this Saturday, 8th February, in the MALANI building in Eskdail Court from 1pm to 3pm. This is an opportunity to find out more about each of the seven projects that have been selected for the short list and then you can vote for the three that you think should receive funding to go ahead.

On-line voting will stay open until February 22nd.