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Updated 1 June 2020

Stobhill Recycling Centre reopened today (Monday) 1 June.

Vogrie Country Park is now open from 10am until gates close at 6pm. Toilets and car park are open from 10am until 4pm.

Schools update (29 May)

A letter has been sent to all parents and carers around arrangements to reopen schools. There are also more details about transition arrangements for P1s and P7s.

Stobhill Recycling Centre to reopen

Just a reminder that while Stobhill Recycling Centre is reopening at 9.30am on Monday 1 June, it is likely to be busy over coming days and weeks. If you can’t continue to safely store your recycling at home then please sort materials before arriving. We’re also asking customers to have a look at the site plan before you come.

Grass cutting (22 May)

Council Leader Councillor Derek Milligan thanks our Land & Countryside teams for a sterling effort to catch up with grass cutting during the Covid-19 pandemic. He said the new teams, many of whom had come from other services in the council to help, had their work cut out tackling some areas due to the length of the grass.

However, the backlog is all but finished and workers will now be maintaining all areas, including public parks and open spaces. Land services will now prioritise weed killing, cutting back weeds and grass verges, he added. Given that some of the teams are new, if we’ve missed any areas then please email details to:

Update for parents and carers about schools reopening (21 May)

Plans are already well underway to re-open schools in Midlothian and today’s publication of the Scottish Government’s ‘Strategic Framework for Reopening Schools and ELC Settings in Scotland’ gives further clarity on progressing those, including arrangements for the return of specific groups of children in late June to support transition.

All ELC settings should continue to provide childcare for key worker families only until further notice.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also announced that schools will reopen on Tuesday 11 August, which is earlier than our planned date of 19 August.

We will be sharing an update on reopening and transition arrangements with staff, parents and carers as soon as we have them. A key priority is to ensure the safety of our children, young people and staff.

In the meantime, you can read more information of the First Minister’s plans for schools on the BBC website here.

Recycling Centres

  • Stobhill Recycling Centre will re-open on Monday 1 June, subject to the Scottish Government easing the lockdown.
  • Penicuik Recycling Centre will remain closed for safety reasons.

For more details read our household waste recycling centres page.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - support for Midlothian Council’s Carers

At what is such an unsure and uncertain time, we would like to say we are extremely proud of all our carers.

Our thanks go to every one of you as you continue to provide a high standard of care and support to many children in fostering, kinship and adoptive families.

Midlothian Council is keen to ensure you continue to receive the supports you need to keep your families well and support our children to navigate and grow during this challenging time.

The Family Placement Team continues to work and we are committed to maintaining our contact with you via telephone and virtual supervision.

If you need anything further please be reassured we are here and you can call us on 0131 271 3413 where someone is always available. In addition we will continue to get news out to you via email and our newsletter. Stay Safe.

Message of thanks from Council Leader and Chief Executive

Hardship fund for the newly self-employed

Newly self-employed people who are suffering hardship during the current Covid-19 crisis can now apply for grant funding.

Ring & Go timetable

Just a reminder that the Ring & Go timetable between Pathhead and Dalkeith extended on Friday 24 April.

Young carers

Council Leader and Chief Executive thank staff and volunteers

Domestic abuse

If you are self-isolating with someone who is harming you then don't wait to get help.

School progress reports (28 April)

We have more information about school progress reports.

Grass cutting (27 April update)

We’re now able to resume some grass cutting although not large, open spaces. Instead, the focus will be on verges adjacent to footpaths or pavements to allow people to see oncoming traffic, socially distance and cross safely. Grass on core paths and rights of way will also be cut to make sure everyone using those areas can observe social distancing. Grass at hub centres, where staff are caring for the children of key workers and vulnerable children, will also be cut.

Support for children starting early learning and school or leaving school (27 April)

We want children and young people making the move into early learning, primary or secondary school or leaving school to have the most positive experience possible during the pandemic. 

Update for parents and carers 24 April

We have responded to the SQA about determining exam results in 2020.

Council Leader and Chief Executive thank staff and volunteers 24 April

Council Leader and Chief Executive thank residents 23 April

Vogrie

We're reminding motorists not to drive to Vogrie Country Park. The car park is closed and will remain so. 

Bin collections

Glass collections stared again on Monday 27 April.

Parents and carers 17 April update

We have written to parents and carers about our summer term.

Council Leader and Chief Executive thank staff and volunteers 17 April

An end of week thanks.

Council Leader and Chief Executive thank residents 16 April

A message of thanks for clapping for health and social care staff.

Important message from the Council Leader and the Chief Executive 10 April

A message of thank you and an important reminder from the Council Leader, Derek Milligan, and the Chief Executive, Dr Grace Vickers

A BIG Thank You 9 April

From the Chief Executive, Dr Grace Vickers

Important message from the Chief Executive and the Joint Director, Health and Social Care 9 April

An important message on social-distancing and social-isolation measures.

Council Leader and Chief Executive message 3 April

A thank you to Midlothian from Council Leader Derek Milligan and Chef Executive Dr Grace Vickers.

Council Leader and Chief Executive message 2 April

Councillor Derek Milligan and Dr Grace Vickers announce more funding for volunteers.

Council Leader and Chief Executive message 1 April

Councillor Derek Milligan and Dr Grace Vickers announce more funding for foodbanks.

Council Leader and Chief Executive message 27 March

Councillor Derek Milligan and Dr Grace Vickers thank communities and staff for an heroic effort.

Message of thanks from Council Leader and Chief Executive 26 March

Councillor Derek Milligan and Dr Grace Vickers urge people to adhere to social distancing measures in a bid to save lives.

Chief Executive's update on 25 March

The Chief Executive, Dr Grace Vickers thanks everyone for the fantastic work supporting communities and NHS as part of our #KindnessMidlothian campaign.

Chief Executive’s update on 24 March

Further to the Prime Minister’s message on Tuesday 23 March, the Chief Executive Dr Grace Vickers thanks the many Midlothian residents who are stepping up and adhering to the social distancing measures.

Chief Executive’s update on 23 March

Further to the Prime Minister’s message, the Chief Executive Dr Grace Vickers is urging all Midlothian Residents to follow his instruction.

Critical services only

The council has moved to critical service delivery only and will now focus on our core statutory duties.

To enable this, the council is suspending responses to enquiries or complaints about how we provide services and will instead be focusing our efforts to prioritise our statutory services, care for the vulnerable, cooperate with our Resilience Partners and support economic recovery.

Bin collections and recycling

Glass collections had been suspended but started again on Monday 27 April. Brown bin collections remain suspended. The paid for garden-waste collection service season will be extended. Bulky uplifts were suspended on Monday 16 March, although bookings made before that should be honoured. The Recycling Centres closed from Wednesday 25 March until further notice.

Business advice

Help and advice for the self-employed and businesses, including the latest grant information.

Council Tax and benefits

We understand you may be worried about money.

Council tenants

Advice for tenants on how to request an emergency repair and concerns over rent payments.

Deaths, ceremonies and births

To protect public health and in line with national guidance, the Registration Service has had to make some changes to the service.

Education

Until further notice schools are closed with exceptions, including Saltersgate. We are now organising childcare for the families of staff of Lothians Category 1 key workers, more details of which are on the education update pages.

Health and social care

While our offices are closed to the public, we are continuing to deliver vital care for vulnerable people, including children and adults.

Homelessness

We are continuing to support people who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

Libraries, leisure centres and parks

Libraries and leisure centres are now closed. Our main parks including Vogrie Country Park, currently remain open although all outdoor equipped play areas are shut and should not be used. Please note any car parks for our country parks will be closed, including Vogrie. Please do not come in your car. 

Public buildings and payments

Midlothian House, Fairfield House and Buccleuch House are now closed to the public until further notice. Housing related documents and forms can be put in the postbox in front of Midlothian House.

Payments can be made:

  • Direct debit – call 0131 271 3201
  • Debit/Credit Card – online or telephone 0131 660 1845
  • Payment Card – any Post Office, Paypoint or Payzone outlet.

Daily national health updates

There are now many confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland with a number in the Lothians.

The Department of Health and Social Care will publish updated UK data on Coronavirus (COVID-19) every day at 2pm until further notice.

After 2pm, the Scottish Government will publish an update on the situation in Scotland.

This page will be updated when further guidance is received from Health Protection Scotland, and NHS Lothian.

Health advice

Find latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government including social distancing and stay at home advice.

If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.

You should only phone 111 if your symptoms:

  •  have not improved after 7 days
  •  are severe or you have shortness of breath
  •  worsen during home isolation

You should also phone 111 if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:

  • are 70 years old or over
  • have underlying poor health
  • have heart or lung problems
  • have a weakened immune system, including cancer
  • have diabetes

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Good hygiene

As germs can live on some surfaces for hours, protect yourself and others by:

  • Using tissues to catch coughs or sneezes
  • Binning the used tissue and, to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a hand sanitiser gel.

Keep up-to-date

For the latest information, please visit NHS Inform.

Easy read and accessible Coronavirus health information

Other sources of information:

Employee guidance

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