Welcome

Moorfoot Community Council represents the Midlothian Villages of Borthwick, Carrington, North Middleton & Temple, together with the surrounding landward area up to the Moorfoot hills.

Important NEWS: Please click the recent posts links at the right, or scroll down this page, for information on recent events and consultations, especially those that are open for comment where you can make your voice heard.

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.  Scroll down this page for information on opportunities and events which are one-off or have a specific date, and see the page tabs at the top for more permanent information.

The Community Councillors need your feedback, so if there is anything which you feel we should know about, or if there is any information missing from our publications, please let us know.

Remember that we do this on a voluntary basis, so we may not be able to respond immediately to your concerns.

Community Council meetings are held most months, so you can always 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 secretary@moorfoot.org.uk

In 2018, meetings will be held first Wednesday every month but NOT January or July. Most are at Middleton Village  Hall from 7pm to 9pm.  Some will be at Temple Village hall or Carrington Village hall, at the same times. See the calendar page for dates.

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Proposal for Wull Muir Wind Farm

18/01164/PAN | Wind farm of up to 9 No turbines up to 150m high to tip with a capacity of up to 49.9 MW | Land North Of Carcant Lodge (Wull Muir Wind Farm) Heriot Scottish Borders

The developers for this project, ENERGIEKONTOR, will be scheduling a meeting at Temple Village Hall to introduce their plans and discuss them with local residents.

For more details please see the Scottish Borders council link below which has the documents submitted for the initial Planning Application Notice (PAN).

https://eplanning.scotborders.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PEKONUNT08G00

 

 

Carrington Coffee Morning 16 June

COFFEE MORNING IN CARRINGTON

Saturday 16 June: 11.00 – 12.30

A fundraising event for the installation of a defibrillator in the disused telephone kiosk in Carrington that will be combined with support from the British Heart Foundation.

All are welcome to share coffee, tea and home-made cakes!

If you would like to help, either with donations of baking or by assisting on the day, please get in touch with Rosie Newlands on 01875 830279.

VOTE for a Defibrillator grant for the Moorfoot Community

Moorfoot Community Council have applied to a Calor Gas Rural Community Fund for a £5,000 grant towards the cost of installing a defibrillator in each of Carrington, Temple and North Middleton.

This is a competitive UK wide fund. The applications will be judged by a Calor Gas panel on the basis of votes recorded by the communities applying for a grant.

Voting opened on Saturday 25th May and closes on Friday 29th June.

THE MORE VOTES REGISTERED FOR THE MOORFOOT PROJECT THE GREATER OUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS!

How to vote:

  1. Search for Calor Gas Grants or click on the link https://www.calor.co.uk/communityfund/
  2. Click on ‘Community Fund’
  3. NOTE: You will have to register before you will be allocated 10 votes. This can be difficult to see on the Home page where the link to ‘Register’ on the drop down menu is in very light text
  4. Locate the Moorfoot project by searching with the keyword ‘Moorfoot
  5. Enter your vote

It would also be greatly appreciated if anyone who uses social media could invite their friends or anyone else who is interested in this project to vote for Moorfoot.

With many thanks for your support!

Moorfoot Community Council

Midlothian Planning Seminar 5th May

Midlothian Federation of Community Councils (MFCC) has organised an event to introduce the planning application process and to explain the ways in which community groups can engage with this process.

There will be a number of guest speakers to cover a range of topics, including:

  • criteria for making comments and objections to planning applications
  • What is the Local Development Plan and how is it produced?
  • Development Planning vs Community Planning
  • ways for residents and local communities to be more engaged with the Planning Process and present their aims more effectively

This event will take place on

Saturday 5th May at Penicuik Town Hall 9:30 – 15:45

Booking is essential: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/midlothian-planning-seminar-tickets-45438210912

The full programme for this event can be seen here: MFCC Planning Seminar 20185

Further details can also be obtained from the organiser of the seminar:

Bill Kerr-Smith (Chair, Dalkeith Citizens Advice Bureau and of Eskbank & Newbattle Community Council)

7oaksbill@gmail.com

 

 

Have your say on the landscapes of Moorfoot

Midlothian Council has published its draft supplementary guidance on Special Landscape Areas across the county and is looking for comments from the public.

Special Landscape Areas are areas of high scenic value where greater controls are imposed on development to ensure that the character of the landscape is maintained.

There are seven designated SLAs in Midlothian. Three of them cover parts of the Moorfoot Community Council area:
  • the Tyne Valley SLA (covering the Middleton-Borthwick area);
  • the South Esk Valley and Carrington Farmland SLA (covering the Temple-Carrington-Dalhousie area); and
  • the Gladhouse Reservoir and Moorfoot Scarp SLA.

The Community Council will be responding to the consultation and we are keen to hear your views on the proposals. The draft Supplementary Guidance can be found at https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/1210/planning_and_building

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 chair@moorfoot.org.uk. 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.

Inspection of headstones at Temple Old Kirk churchyard

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.