Moorfoot Community Council represents Borthwick, Carrington, North Middleton & Temple, together with the surrounding landward area up to the Moorfoot hills.
Important NEWS: Please scroll down this page, to see information on recent events and consultations, especially those that are open for comment where you can make your voice heard.
The Community Councillors need your feedback, so if there is anything which you feel we should know about, please let us know.
The aim of this website is to keep you informed of what is happening in the Community Council, and what might affect you if you live in this part of Scotland.
Community Council meetings are held most months, so you can come along and let us know your views in person. It is helpful if you let us know in advance so we can plan the meeting. Please email email@example.com
In general, meetings are held on the first Wednesday every month (not January or July). in either Middleton Village Hall, Temple Village Hall or Carrington Village Hall, from 7pm to 9pm.
Although we held our election at last month’s meeting, we are still short of the numbers needed to make the Community Council viable. This means it will be formally dissolved at the next meeting in November, and cannot be restarted without at least 20 members from the Moorfoot area committing to making it happen again.
Over the past few years the Community Council’s aim to improve local life in the Moorfoot area and represent residents’ interests has succeeded in a number of ways along with a few milestones:
Defibrillators installed in Temple, Carrington and North Middleton, all highly visible, with two using repurposed telephone kiosks
Support for village halls in the three villages, including microgrants to small group activities
Coordinated resilience response to Covid-19 through lockdown and later, including Fareshare food distribution at North Middleton and Temple
Support and administration of the distribution of funds from the Carcant grant specific to the Moorfoot area; it’s unclear whether these funds will be available if there is no Community Council to represent the area’s needs
Improved signage and road markings to the North Middleton junction with the A7 to reduce risks of cars overtaking at speed
Work towards the preservation of Temple OId Kirk
With lots of developments planned in the Moorfoot area — Redheugh West and East, Mossend/Lady Brae as well as a new high school — it’s important to contribute to the planning process from a local perspective, and for Community Councils to represent our interests more effectively.
Please consider whether you can contribute by joining the Community Council — the time commitment isn’t huge and it’s a good way to support the area where you live.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation we have had to postpone elections until such time as the Community Council is able to meet face to face. When the lockdown is lifted we plan to re-advertise across the Moorfoot area.
In the meantime members of the Community Council will do their best to continue their roles remotely to support our rural communities. This will be to arrange ways and means to support local residents to maintain self-isolation and to access supplies of food, medicine as well as other necessities, and to offer both information and advice where helpful.
Deadline for nomination forms — Wednesday 25th March 12 noon
Moorfoot Community Council is looking for new members to join from 1st April, the date of our next monthly meeting.
If you would like to help your local community make its voice heard by Midlothian Council and other bodies, please think about joining.
Any Moorfoot area resident on the electoral register is eligible to be nominated by two people and the only commitment is a willingness to attend regularly on the first Wednesday of each month when the Community Council meets (not January or July), usually in North Middleton Village Hall.
Wull Muir Wind Farm Proposal to include share ownership scheme
New application for 8 x 130m turbines just inside Scottish Borders, on Moorfoot escarpment. The developer, Energie Kontor, is offering a Shared Ownership Scheme run through a Community Interest Company. This could be a Midlothian-wide scheme with significant benefits for funding of community projects.
This point has been raised at Moorfoot Community Council meetings as well as at the Midlothian Federation of Community Councils but please come along if you are interested in discussing the proposal further.
For further details of the proposed Shared Ownership Scheme, please see the attached information.
There will be an open evening at Newbyres Medical Practice in Gorebridge where patients are invited to come along and meet members of the Patient Participation Group (PPG). You will also have a chance to meet the new Practice Manager as well as a few of the practice GPs.
We are also looking for new members to join our group; come along to see if you would like to join the discussion and share ideas on how to maintain the Medical Centre as a facility able to serve the growing population of Gorebridge and its surrounding areas.
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It’s hard not to notice the amount of rubbish that is scattered around us in rural areas. Some of us have started collecting litter from time to time to try to solve the problem.
Last year Moorfoot PTG organised a sponsored event with schoolchildren from Moorfoot Primary to collect litter by walking from Temple Village Hall to Gladhouse Reservoir. The event was well-attended and succeeded in raising funds for the school as well as clearing quite a few bags’ worth of rubbish from the verges.
If you would like to organise a regular litter pick in your area MCC can lend you Hi-Vis vests and litter pickers to help you collect litter safely and to raise awareness of the problem.
St John’s and Kings Park Church, Dalkeith (opposite Morrisons and beside Kings Park)
To launch this year’s edition of the Disabled People’s Directory 2019 and to establish the Disabled People’s Assembly there will be a meeting at St John’s and Kings Park Church in Dalkeith on the 27th March starting at 11.30.
Join us for the first meeting and to pick up your free copy of the Directory, produced by Forward Mid. There will be refreshments as well as lunch to follow, along with the opportunity to meet a number of representatives from local services, including councillors.
Please get in touch if you have transport issues as we will try to help.
Borthwick Castle opens its doors for one weekend only. See the Great Hall, the bedchamber of Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell’s cannon damage, the beautifully furnished State Room, and much more on our tour of the Castle with our resident historian.
Although this event is fully booked, please contact Kieran Rose, Front of House Manager to be put on the waiting list.
His contact details are:
01875 820514 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also see the website for further information about this and other upcoming events.
If you have comments on the proposals you can make them direct to the Council. You can also tell us what you think by emailing us at email@example.com. The Council requires responses by 6th June. If you would like the Community Council to take account of your views please email them to us by 31st May.
Midlothian Council Land and Countryside Management aims to inspect the headstones in local churchyards every five years.
Now that we are clear of the snow and very cold weather a contractor has been scheduled to re-erect some of the older headstones at the bottom of the cemetery within the next month. It has been four years since the last inspection, so the rest of the headstones will be assessed at the same time.