‘Radical thinking’ on bypass is needed to help Midlothian motorists

Colin Beattie MSP has backed calls to improve the Edinburgh City Bypass and provide commuters with an easier journey to and from work.

It's not good news for Scottish residents with a phobia of creepy crawlies (Photo: Charlesjsharp / Wikimedia Commons)

Experts predict an increase in Scotland's daddy longlegs population

Scottish residents should expect to see a rise in the number of daddy longlegs (also known as crane flies) this year, after millions of larvae were discovered underground.

Gorebridge Spring Clean 2015, held by the Gorebridge and District Environmental Group

Local litter pickers thanked for taking part in big spring clean

Keep Scotland Beautiful has praised the 414 people from Midlothian who took part in the first month of its Clean Up Scotland 2018 Spring Clean.

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

Gorebridge spring clean

Gorebridge and District Environmental Group will hold its Big Spring Clean next week.

The abandoned Rosslynlee Hospital, pictured last year.

New village planned at former hospital

Oakridge has announced plans for the formation of a brand new village community just south of Roslin.

Loanhead to Lasswade cycle path

Time running out to have your say on local green network

There’s still time to give your views to the council on how Midlothian’s green network can be improved.

Photo shows from left: Graham Rankine (gamekeeper, Whitburgh Farms), Alastair Salvesen (owner, Whitburgh Farms), Dave Parish (GWCT) and Ross MacLeod (GWCT).'Photo credit: Keith Cowieson

Big bird count at local farm

As part of the Big Farmland Big Count initiative, a count took place last month at Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead, hosted by owner Alastair Salvesen.

McDonald's, Straiton Retail Park, Loanhead

McDonald’s store loving the environment with clean-up

A local McDonald’s restaurant is having a clean-up event at the Straiton Pond Nature Reserve this Sunday.

Robert Hogg

Mayfield climate meeting

A local discussion on climate change will take place at McSence Conference Centre, Mayfield, on Monday, 6.30pm-8pm.

Gravitricity Managing Director Charlie Blair at  National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange.

Green mine plan could bring jobs

Former mining communities including in Midlothian could find a new lease of life – with old mine shafts turned into hi-tech green energy stores.

Hillwalkers are being urged to take care and be prepared for all kinds of weather.

Hillwalkers urged to be aware of dangers posed by bad weather

Hillwalkers and people pursuing outdoor activities in the mountains are ebing warned by Police Scotland of the dangers that inclement weather and the terrain can present.

Pat ONneill and Stephen Liddell of Mayfield Community Council at the site of the planned housing development in north mayfield, which has now been rejected.

Proposals for new homes rejected

Plans for nearly 200 new homes in Mayfield were rejected last week by councillors sitting on the Midlothian planning committee.

Edinburgh and Midlothian Council site visit to Millerhill Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre. Jan 10 2018 ' Councillor Russell Imrie, Midlothian Council, Cabinet Member for Zero Waste; Councillor Karen Doran, Vice-Convener of Transport and Environment for the City of Edinburgh Council

Halfway point for new waste plant

Construction of the new energy-from-waste plant at Millerhill, which will serve Edinburgh and Midlothian, has reached the halfway point.

Cllr Jim Muirhead.

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).

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