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

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.

Dalkeith and Woodburn Decides!

Voting is now underway to decide which projects will be awarded funding to proceed. From all the suggestions put forward, 7 have been selected to go forward to voting stage. They are –

  • New Christmas Lights for Dalkeith Town Centre
  • Outdoor Gym in Cowden Park
  • upgrade to the front of the MARC building
  • Upgrade the base for ‘Dalkeith Men’s Shed’, ‘Dalkeith Guerilla Gardeners’, and ‘Dalkeith Ploggers’
  • Fun with Swings – install accessible swings in Cowden Park and King’s Park.
  • Improve Crossing on Dalkeith High Street at Crystalmount
  • Improvement of accessible facilities in One Dalkeith building.

You can find out more about this here, including details of information/discussion/voting events being held. Please note that only residents of Dalkeith and Woodburn are eligible to vote i.e. you must live in the Dalkeith Ward 3 catchment area.

Voting takes place between Feb 1st and Feb 22nd. There are ballot papers and voting boxes in Dalkeith Library, in all schools, the MARC building, Medical Centre, Crystalmount, Whitehill Lodge.

You can also vote online here

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.