community broadband proposals for moorfoot area

Please download this PDF file for information about the potential options for improving broadband in areas of Moorfoot where speeds are currently slow.  (in Windows, right click on the link and then ‘save link as’ to download it to your computer.)

Broadband briefing for MCC meeting 3-8-16

The meeting is on Wed 3rd August 2016 at 7pm – please advise Malcolm if you plan to attend and arrive promptly as we will address the broadband issues first and need to end by 7:30 so we can cover the rest of the community council meeting business. Thank you.

Celebrate Fund – grant for one off events.

Information from Midlothian Council about a grant supporting events that bring your community together.

 

See information below about ‘Celebrate’ funding, for one-off events.  I will draw your attention to the fact that it is first come, first served until the money is gone.  If you have a good quality project in mind, don’t delay!

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/scotland/celebratefund

 

CELEBRATE

 

We are offering grants of between £500 and £5,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

 

You could also celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero. Or maybe it’s a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.

 

You can apply if you are a:

  • Voluntary or community organisation with a constitution and bank account
  • School
  • Statutory body.

 

You will need to show that your project is open to everyone in your local community.

 

We are especially keen to receive applications from groups who have not received a grant from us before.

 

We will give higher priority to applications from:

  • projects which demonstrate communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures
  • projects which actively bring different generations together.
  • organisations with a low income
  • organisations that haven’t already received a grant through this programme.

 

We will fund activities that bring people together to celebrate their local community.

 

In your application we would like to know:

  • how the project will bring people together in the community to celebrate
  • why the activity is something your local community wants and how you can demonstrate it is led by the people within it.

 

Celebrate opened for applications on 6 July 2016. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/scotland/celebratefund

 

Middleton Quarry Planning Application and MCC response

The official planning application has been submitted to Midlothian Council and is open for comments by the public until about 21st August – though they say they could accept comments beyond that, depending on when the case officer writes the report. But to be certain, it is best to get your comments in by 21st August.

UPDATE 19/08/2015:  The papers for next week’s Planning Committee meeting indicate that the Council is not expecting the Middleton Quarry in-fill application to go before the Committee until its 17th November meeting.  So if you still haven’t made a comment and would like to, it is still worth while doing it.

On this page – 1) MCC response 2) link to planning application 3) note on how to make your comment.

1    MCC response

Here is a copy of the Moorfoot Community Council response which has been submitted (right click to download the PDF document):

15-00503-DPP Response from Moorfoot Community Council

Click here for Background information and the pre-planning application submission public meeting

2    The Planning Application

Click here to go to the Midlothian Council web page for this planning application.

Middleton Quarry planning application on website
Middleton Quarry planning application on website

3    How to comment

If you want to make your own comments on this application

  1. click on the comments tab. – the second tab across, after the details tab, below the first two lines of writing.
  2. on the comments page, either login or register if you have not already registered on the planning site before.

    The comments page
    The comments page
  3. when you have logged in, Planningpage3
  4. check your personal details are correct  (not shown here but they are in this section between the application details and the box for your comment.  Your personal details are never shown to the public although your comments will be added to the information about the planning application in due course.
  5.  confirm    your commenter type (madam, sir or both) and your stance (object, support or neutral) and write your comment.  Click the small box if you want to receive an email copy of your comments.  Then click submit at the bottom of the page. Planningpage4

Community Micro-Grants

Moorfoot-Grants-LogoDo you run a small group or club in the Moorfoot Community Council Area?

Do you need funding for a small project?

Moorfoot Community Council can now offer small grants to help you.

Moorfoot Community Council Micro-Grants are awarded 3 times yearly to groups in the Moorfoot area to benefit the Moorfoot Community. These grants are intended to help small projects that would not be able to qualify for grant programmes such as the Carcant Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

The process has been kept simple to reduce the administration involved – we just need to know what you want to do and who will benefit! Initially the grants are funded by the Community Council’s own reserves, but in future funds are likely to be further supported by the Carcant Wind Farm fund itself.

If you organise a club or community group in Moorfoot and have a project in mind, get in touch! Continue reading