Affordable homes concerns ignored

Plans to build 34 homes in North Middleton have been accepted despite concerns raised including about the lack of affordable homes proposed at the site.

Barns beside the Soutra Coffee House near Pathhead where plans to open a shop have been rejected by the casting vote of the planning committee chairman.

Shop plans kicked out by casting vote

Plans to build a shop unit at a Midlothian beauty spot were rejected at last week’s council planning meeting by the chairman’s casting vote.

Dalkeith Corn Exchange

Regeneration recognition

Two Midlothian regeneration projects were recognised in the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2017 last week.

Gorebridge and District Environmental Group planting 1000 daffodils on the side of the A7 near Roseberry Crescent.

Environmental group goes on the road

Gorebridge and District Environmental Group recently planted 1000 daffodils on the side of the A7 near Roseberry Crescent in an effort to make that stretch of road more pleasing on the eye of motorists passing Gorebridge.

Maureen Crawford

Dalkeith woman is a winner

A woman from Dalkeith was honoured for her exceptional efforts to reach out to her neighbours at a sheltered housing complex.

The elusive Canary Shouldered Thorn moth

Country Corner - A fleeting encounter with a true supermodel

Flick through any illustrated field guide, be the subject birds, mammals, wildflowers or insects, certain star species will jump out at you, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

Midlothian House, the main office for Midlothian Council, Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith

Paperless meetings approved by council

The SNP and Conservatives voted together recently to approve paperless council meetings by the end of the year.

The hypnotic heron.

Country Corner - The exotic bird with a killer instinct

Even after a lifetime of seeing them, it is still hard to believe the heron is a British bird, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Service).

Storm Ophelia - Where and when it might hit

Storm Ophelia - Where and when it might hit

Tropical Storm Ophelia is set to hit parts of Scotland today, with travel operators warning of disruption and cancellations to ferry and train services.

L-R Scott Fraser, Scottish Waters Scottish Waters corporate affairs regional manager; Bruce Ritchie, head of business operations and visitor experience at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo; Abi Walker waste water treatment modern apprentice.

Launch of new 3P’s campaign

Scottish Water has teamed up with Edinburgh’s famous penguins to raise public awareness of its new 3P’s campaign and prevent toilet and sewer blockages.

The great armies of geese will be arriving soon.

Country Corner - The borderless spirit of our familiar birds

Nature is international, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

West Church in Dalkeith, now Taylor Woodwork.

Petition set up to keep the bells ringing

A petition has been set up to keep the bells ringing at West Church in Dalkeith, which are to be muffled after just one complaint.

The Painted Lady will soon begin its exodus to Africa.

Country Corner - Butterfly ready for an African adventure

The Painted Lady is a British butterfly which I always consider to be an African butterfly, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

Mayfield and Easthouses Environmental Group's first community litter pick.

Mayfield litter pick

The newly formed Mayfield and Easthouses Environmental Group held its first community litter pick last Saturday.

GV of Mayburn House in Clerk St Loanhead. Loanhead Community Council have been vocal in stopping the owner from keeping wrecked cars on display all the time and for not keeping to the proper use of the building as per building regulations. 18/9/17

First impressions last

The Loanhead community remains furious about the state of former care home Mayburn House, as it “gives an awful first impression” of the town.

A buff tailed bumblebee with unusual colourings.

Country Corner - On the lookout for nature’s ‘misprints’

Readers of a certain age were quite probably stamp collectors in their childhood, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

Gardener Ash Watt with parents and children attending "Muddy Monday" at the Kabin's community garden.

Staff plough on in hope of saving project

Staff responsible for the Kabin’s Community Garden have carried on as volunteers since being made redundant.

Weeds are wildflowers that attract bees and butterflies.

Country Corner - Taking a more natural approach to nature!

We all know changes in farming have been one of the main drivers in declines of farmland birds, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

Members of the community came together in May for a massive clear-up in Mayfield.

Community clear-up group up and running

A new group set-up in Mayfield to tackle the growing fly-tipping problem there will officially launch this Saturday with a community litter pick.

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