Venue Change

It has been decided to change the venue of Community Council meetings with effect from the October 2012 meeting as we feel that the Moorfoot Primary School staff room is not suitable when we have visitors attending (sometimes without prior planning).

Meetings will now normally be held in the meeting room at North Middleton Village Hall on the first Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm, except in the months of April and August, when the meeting will be held in Temple Village Hall.


Moorflix, previously known as Temple Community Cinema, is about to begin its’ second full season showing films in the South Midlothian area.

This season films will be shown in all 3 of the Moorfoot village halls, so there will be a film showing near you.

The first showing of the 2011-2012 season will be True Grit (2011) in Temple Village Hall on 10th September.

The full programme is available on the Moorflix website, where you can also get details of costs, membership and read about “Moorfoot Community Films“.

Brass Band Concert

Moorfoot Community Council are organising their second Brass Band concert with Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band on Saturday 3rd December 2011 in North Middleton Village Hall at 7p.m.

Everyone who attended the previous concert in April this year greatly enjoyed the evening, so we hope to see even more of you at this “mid winter festival” event. (Just can’t type the “C” word in August….)

Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band, Scottish Champions 2010, will give a concert in North Middleton Village Hall, and during the interval you have the opprotunity to meet your local Community Councillors.

Doors open 7pm, concert starts at 7:30.

Bar Open from 7, during the interval and after the concert until 10:30

Tickets £5 (£3 concessions) available at the door or in advance from any Community Councillor (available October 2011).


The Scottish Community Foundation today announced the first five grants made from the SSE Moorfoot Community Fund. A panel of local residents worked with the Foundation to decide how the funds, generated by the Carcant Wind Farm, should be allocated.

Borthwick SWRI received £1,000 to hold a formal dinner in North Middleton village hall to celebrate its 90th anniversary; Moorfoot Primary School Parent Council received £1,000 towards employing a Forest Schools Co-ordinator; Moorfoot Community Council received £200 to help with printing of their annual community newsletter; Moorfoot Community Films (part of Temple Community Cinema) received £1,000 towards film making equipment, and Temple Village Hall Association has received £1,000 to buy 30 new padded chairs.

The Moorfoot Community Fund is administered by the Scottish Community Foundation on behalf of SSE. Approximately £4,600 is available each year for projects benefitting those living in the Moorfoot Community Council area. A panel of seven local people decides where the money goes. The panel includes a representative from each of the three village halls, plus four members of the Community Council.

Grants of between £200 and £1,000 are available, and priority is given to projects that will benefit a large number of people. Applications are considered once a year, with a deadline in early in March. For more information, or to request an application form for next year’s funding round, please contact Annabel Bath at the Scottish Community Foundation on 0131 524 0306 or email

A W Kerr MacGregor


A W Kerr MacGregor, known to everyone as Kerr, died suddenly 22nd March 2011.

For more than 30 years, Moorfoot Community Council has always had to rely on dedicated residents like Kerr to be able to continue. Kerr was a proud Scot, loved Scotland & thoroughly enjoyed living & raising his 4 children in Temple. Along with his day-to-day career, family time, his solar inventions, his music & widespread travelling, Kerr also found the time to bring a lot of his negotiating skills to the Community Council which he faithfully served from the early 1980’s until the end of 2009.

With his drive the Community Council achieved some excellent results, which include:-

  • The re-opening of the Temple/Carrington road which was closed for some time & planned to remain closed.
  • Kerr negotiated Funds from E-on towards Moorfoot Community Projects
  • More considerate conditions incorporated into Controversial Planning Applications such as Quarrying; Landfills & Shooting Ranges.
  • Midlothian Councils’ proposal to close both Borthwick & Temple Primary Schools – Although the closures did go ahead, M.C eventually agreed to a New Build of 1 rural school.
  • Rights of Way:- The Community fought to retain Rights of Way where new owners where trying to close them to walkers. In every case, the Rights of Way were retained or slightly diverted with Community consent.
  • The last goal Kerr set himself for his Community was the Twinning of Temple with Ivry-le-Temple in France. This is scheduled to be finalised this year.

Kerr will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

A7 Petition Update

As a result of the highly successful petition that Moorfoot Community Council raised last year, regarding concerns with the speed of traffic passing the A7 junction at North Middleton, and subsequent meetings between Community Councillors, local police and Midlothian Council, Councillor Wilma Chalmers agreed to provide funding for a warning sign from her budget. As you have proably noticed, the sign is now in operation.

The sign is located about 100m South of the jSpeed-Sign500unction and is triggered by the speed of approaching vehicles. We would encourage residents to report all incidents at that junction to the local police. The Council and Police will be monitoring traffic and incidents over the coming months.

Although we were unable to get agreement to have a reduced speed limit on this stretch of road, it is hoped that the sign will help reduce the overall average speed of traffic on this 60 limit road (currently 57MPH, for figures including those vehicles that are limited to 50MPH or less!)

Spurlens Rig Wind Farm

There is a current planning application with Borders Council for a 6 mast Wind Farm to be located at “Spurlens Rig”, which is between Howgate and Leadburn. At 125m, these masts are taller than those of other Wind Farms in the area, and parts of them will be visible from various locations in the Moorfoot Community Council Area.

Have your say

If you have an opinion either for or against this application there are 2 main ways to get involved in the process:

  1. Everyone can respond directly via the Borders Council e-Planning website to leave comments in support or to object to the proposal.
  2. If there is sufficient support for your view within the Moorfoot Community Council area, your Community Council can comment on your behalf.

Councils have a statutary requirement to consider the repsonses from Community Councils.

Moorfoot groups urged to apply for funding

A new charitable fund has been set up in the Moorfoot Community Council area. Local groups are being urged to come forward with projects that will foster community cohesion and benefit people living in the Moorfoot area. The 25 year fund – provided by SSE’s Carcant Wind Farm Fund – is worth approximately £4,600 a year.

Grants of between £200 and £1,000 are available. Decisions on how the funds will be allocated will be made by the local advisory panel of four representatives from the community council and a representative from each of the three village halls in the area. The panel is scheduled to meet in April to consider applications received in the first round.

The deadline for the first round of applications is Tuesday 1 March 2011. The application process is being handled by the Scottish Community Foundation. To request an application form, or find out more about the fund, please contact Annabel Bath on 0131 524 0306 or email

A7 petition

The Community Council has submitted the petition regarding the need to limit speeds on the A7 at the North Middleton junction. we had 271 signatures!

For those of you that don’t know, Midlothian council’s own figures show that over 700 vehicles every day exceed 70MPH on this 60 limit stretch of road. 15% of all vehicles (including those that are limit to 40 or 50) exceed 68MPH. Most of the people siging the petition had been invbovled in a “near miss” of some kind on the stretch from Birkenside to south of this junction.

The council have arranged a meeting with Ed when he gets back from his holiday – look out for more updates soon.

Small Grant Funding


SPRF funding is available to constituted groups and organisations based and/or working in Midlothian. Priority will be given to projects which focus on:

  • Tackling poverty and disadvantage
  •  Promoting social inclusion and community-led development and regeneration
  •  Work to develop the sustainability of new or existing social enterprises