Participatory budgeting

Danderhall and District decide

Residents of Danderhall, Newton Village and Millerhill have the chance to influence and decide how to spend £30,000 of public money. They will decide, based on community priorities, using participatory budgeting.

What can you spend the budget on?

It can be spent on infrastructure and the environment for the benefit of the Dalkeith ward. £30,000 will be available in Danderhall, Newton Village and Millerhill. 


  • The projects must be in Danderhall or the surrounding area
  • Capital Spend: buying or improving infrastructure, buildings, land or equipment
  • Must be under the theme of ‘Community Wellbeing’
  • Must be a minimum spend of £10,000
  • There should be no ongoing cost implications for the Council.

We want your ideas!

Come to the 'ideas generation' events:

  • Tuesday 17 September, Danderhall Leisure Centre, 5.00 - 7.00 pm
  • Sunday 22 September, Danderhall Miners Club, 12.00 - 3.00 pm

Who does what?

Danderhall, Newton Village and Millerhill residents will be part of the whole process including:

  • helping to identify local issues and priorities
  • proposing an idea
  • providing input and feedback on ideas
  • voting on final spending proposals.

The Midlothian Communities and Lifelong Learning Team will:

  • facilitate discussions and meetings, and help everyone take part
  • act as contact between Council staff and the communities.

The Steering Group will:

  • communicate progress on ideas/proposals
  • offer feedback and technical assistance on spending proposals
  • verify the eligibility of ideas/proposals against set criteria
  • facilitate and oversee online participation
  • co‚Äźordinate the vote and count
  • provide regular updates throughout the process.

Steering Group members include

  • Elected Members

Community Representatives

  • Miners Club
  • Community Council
  • Church of Scotland
  • Calvary Chapel
  • Gala Committee
  • Playgroup
  • Rainbows
  • Midlothian Council Communities and Lifelong Learning