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.

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