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Greyhound stadium stopped in its tracks

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Plans for a controversial greyhound racing stadium in East Lothian have officially been dropped – 20 years after they were first put forward.The firm behind the stadium, Sirius Sport and Leisure, successfully applied to...

Public to be consulted in East Lothian on Spaces for People

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Plans to keep 20mph speed limits in place in towns and villages across East Lothian are to be put before the public next month.East Lothian Council wants to make temporary restrictions introduced during lockdown...

Car parking charges could be increased in East Lothian

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The daily cost of using coastal car parks in East Lothian could go up by 25 per cent from August.East Lothian Council’s administration cabinet will be asked to approve the new charges next week.It...

Second planning application for electricity substation at Cockenzie

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A SECOND plan to build a substation to bring energy onshore at the former Cockenzie Power Station has been lodged with East Lothian Council.The latest planning application from Seagreen Wind Energy shows the substation...

East Lothian Council rejects bid to grow crops for beer

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterAN HISTORIC trust’s bid to grow ancient crops on the fields of a famous battle has been rejected by the local authority.The Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust has...

Plans for 360 centre at Cockenzie

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterScotland's own Eden Project could be created at the former Cockenzie Power Station site as part of a bid to deliver the country’s first climate change centre.The 360...

Rent freeze agreed in East Lothian

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterCouncil tenants are set to benefit from a rent freeze this year after East Lothian Council’s administration scrapped plans for an annual increase.A draft housing budget due to be...

New school planned for Musselburgh

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East Lothian Council is progressing its plans to create a £46 million new learning campus to the north of the new Wallyford Primary School.The council decided that additional secondary school facilities are needed...

New cycle path to be created from Portobello to Musselburgh

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterA temporary cycle path heading east out of Portobello will stretch all the way to Musselburgh in a cross-border project.The path, which is being created by The City of...

Formula 1 plan for East Lothian

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterA Formula 1 race track at a site earmarked for a wildlife haven would bring more benefits to the local economy, council chiefs are being told.A proposal for an...

Tesco bid to avoid planning condition deemed unlawful

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterA bid by supermarket company Tesco to avoid paying £400,000 towards school provision in Musselburgh has been ruled ‘unlawful’ by Scottish Ministers.Tesco asked East Lothian Council to amend planning...

TSB closure in North Berwick called ‘short-sighted’

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterThe closure of the TSB branch in North Berwick, will leave just one bank in the coastal town.In a motion to go before East Lothian Council next week,...

New house on former arcade site given the go ahead

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterAn application to build a private house on the site of a former amusement arcade which is used as an unofficial car park by local residents has been approved.The...

Edinburgh’s cycle hire scheme expands to Musselburgh

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterA cycle hire scheme has been introduced in Musselburgh for a one year trial.East Lothian Council wants to introduce cycle hire stations in towns across the county as...

East Lothian Council to mothball a number of public buildings

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterTown halls and libraries are among a list of council-owned buildings which will remain ‘mothballed’ for the foreseeable future.East Lothian Council has said that a number of buildings which...

East Lothian Council cancels Christmas events

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterChristmas has been cancelled in East Lothian as the local council ruled out any community events which would traditionally be held.Council leader Councillor Willie Innes said on Friday...

Council and Sustrans to re-examine Drem to Gullane cycle route

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Sustrans Scotland and East Lothian Council are collaborating and will examine possible options for a cycle and pedestrian friendly link connecting Drem to Gullane.A study published last year determined that the route was not...

No McDonalds for Musselburgh

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterMcDonalds' hopes of opening a new drive-thru restaurant in Musselburgh were thrown out by councillors, after claims it would be just a 180-second stroll from the town’s secondary school.The...

E-bikes planned for East Lothian

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterElectric bikes could replace buses as people ‘reclaim their streets’ and town centres are transformed in a green recovery from Covid-19 in East Lothian.East Lothian Council has unveiled a...

East Lothian Council involved in row over employment tribunal

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The dispute over wages due to the racecourse manager at Musselburgh Racecourse cost his bosses ten times the amount in dispute.Bill Farnsworth, general manager at Musselburgh, took the committee which oversaw the course to...

Barbara Dickson, The Rezillos and Big Country on at The Brunton

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The Brunton welcomes three top artists during The Saltire Festival programme to celebrate St Andrew's Day. Barbara Dickson performs with her full band on Saturday, November 30 (7.30pm). She started her career in the folk...

Local children star in Cinderella at The Brunton

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More than 20 young people from across East Lothian will feature in Cinderella at The Brunton this Christmas. They were picked from 100 who auditioned for the in-house show, written especially for the theatre by...

New operator announnced for Musselburgh Racecourse

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East Lothian Council has announced that Chester Race Company has been named the preferred bidder to take over the operation of Musselburgh Racecourse on their behalf, in a move welcomed by the management and...

Designs to be unveiled for new Drem to Gullane path

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East Lothian Council will next week reveal draft designs for a four mile bike-friendly and walking path linking Gullane and Drem.Council-appointed consultants, funded by cycling and walking infrastructure charity Sustrans Scotland, will update campaigners...

Council meeting abandoned due to lack of councillors

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A MEETING attended by emergency service chiefs had to be cancelled at the last minute after not enough councillors turned up.The meeting of East Lothian Council’s Police, Fire and Community Safety Scrutiny Committee was...

20mph gets the green light in East Linton

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Following Edinburgh's lead, a 20mph experiment in an East Lothian village is to be made permanent after councillors gave it the green light.The speed restriction was introduced in East Linton after residents complained about...

Musselburgh Racecourse – future decided by the council

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East Lothian Council met today and agreed, apparently unanimously, to operate Musselburgh Racecourse as a type of council committee, at least for the moment.The governance of the racecourse has been under review following last...

Council granted ASBO against Haddington woman

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East Lothian Council applied for an interim antisocial behaviour order against Alison Freeman who lives at Hardgate in Haddington and this was granted at Haddington Sheriff Court today.The terms of the interim ASBO prohibit...

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