Two community leaders are each to stand as independent candidates at the forthcoming council elections as they believe councillors need to do more for their communities.
Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council chairman Robert Hogg and Newtongrange Community Council chairman Jason Ferry want communities to come before “political agenda” at Midlothian House.
Mr Ferry, who hopes to represent Midlothian South, wants to see more co-operation between councillors.
He said: “We feel that we really need to give voters another option to try and break-up the current system that we have with the two parties not coming to an agreement on anything.
“We are trying to remove politics from the council as we are both under the impression that we are doing what we can as volunteers in the community to enhance the community but obviously decisions are being made on political lines which doesn’t always mean that the community is getting the best option.
“People should vote for us if they have community at the centre of their ideas for voting. We are the only ones that can wholly represent the communities without any political bias.
“At the moment one side says black and the other says white and whoever has the biggest gang wins. I’m amazed by how much discourse there is between the parties, they are barely speaking to each other which is not the way forward for the people that they are supposed to represent. We need clear dialogue on all matters.”
Robert Hogg is standing for a Midlothian East seat, he believes that local communities should be the focus for elected members. He said: “Both myself and Jason have been community activists in our local community for a good number of years and have our communities at heart in everything we do.
“We see on a daily basis the way the cuts to council services are affecting not just our communities but communities throughout Midlothian.
“Our focus has always been and will continue to be making sure that the communities we serve come first before any political agenda if elected on May 4.
“We will work closely with all elected representatives from all parties to seek out the best solutions to the ongoing crisis that affects community groups and importantly work on behalf of the people of our wards. We both feel we can make a change to the status quo at Midlothian House if elected.”