Participatory budgeting

Dalkeith and Woodburn decide

Residents of the Dalkeith and Woodburn area have the chance to influence and decide how to spend £60,000 of public money. They will decide based on the priorities of the community using ‘participatory budgeting’.

What can you spend the budget on?

This money can be used on infrastructure and the environment for the benefit of the Dalkeith ward. In Dalkeith and Woodburn there will be £60,000 available. 


  • The projects must be within the Dalkeith Ward 3 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:

You can submit an idea from now until 31 August 2019.

Download and complete our online form (PDF)

If you are unable to attend an Ideas Generation event and would like some support or obtain a form please email: [email protected]

What happens next

  1. In September and October, your ideas will be assessed, checked against our criteria, and costed.
  2. The final proposals will be published.
  3. In October and November, you will be able to vote on the final ideas. There are various ways to do this.
  4. From the end of November onwards, the successful proposals will be developed.

Who does what

Dalkeith & Woodburn 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 Communities and Lifelong Learning Team will help residents participate by promoting all the ways they can get involved:

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

The Steering Group will:

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

Steering Group members

  • One Dalkeith
  • Dalkeith Community Council
  • Grassy Riggs
  • NHS Lothian
  • Midlothian Council
  • 3 Elected Members.