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‘Rapid rise’ in people injecting cocaine

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Concerns have been raised over a “rapid rise” in the number of people injecting cocaine in Edinburgh, as plans to introduce safe consumption rooms look set to go ahead. Drug users who spoke to the...

Three charities will benefit from festive market at The Bay

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THREE CHARITIES TO BENEFIT FROM PETTYCUR BAY CHRISTMAS MARKETPettycur Bay Holiday Park in Kinghorn, Fife has listed the three local charities set to benefit from its forthcoming Christmas Market taking place on Saturday 4...

Walk-through viewings now open at sought-after apartments  

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Buyers encouraged to ring the bell to luxury riverside flatsAN independent home builder has opened its walk-through apartment at a highly anticipated housing development in East Lothian.The Wireworks site, set on the banks of...

Milestone reached in transformation of Granton’s historic gasholder

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The bell that floated up as water filled the gasholder has been taken apart and removed, preparing the iconic structure for restorationThe frame of the historic Granton Gas Holder will remain as part of...

Harvest Garden to close this summer

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The Harvest Garden in Morningside is closing down after four decades of serving the community there with gorgeous flowers and delicious chocolates.Owners Zahid and Shabana have made the sad announcement on Instagram.🚨 Important...

Scottish Widows building redevelopment gets the go-ahead

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The iconic octagonal office building, used for this year's Hidden Doors festival, to be partly demolished for new housing, despite concerns over the plans.The former Scottish Widows headquarters by Holyrood Park is to shrink...

Plans to track drivers in council vehicles opposed by union

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Trade union bosses concerned that the data captured could be used against workers in disciplinary proceedings.Already installed in the city’s waste and cleansing fleet, ‘telematics’ automatically monitor fuel consumption, miles travelled, location and other...

Network Rail ‘dragging feet’ over plans to open abandoned railway for active travel

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Councillor criticises stalling of plans to connect the old Piershill to Powderhall line with the city's paths network.The old line which traverses Leith has been derelict since freight stopped collecting compacted refuse from the Powderhall...

Swingers club appeals refusal of planning permission

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The decision to reject the ‘swingers’ club’ which opened at a Sighthill industrial estate will be reconsidered at a council meeting next month.Cornucopia, the company which runs the self-proclaimed ‘largest kink club in...

Supercar rally to kick off in city centre as event approved

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Edinburgh is to play host to the start of a celebrity supercar rally next month, despite concerns over disruption on the roads and large crowds becoming ‘over excited’.The spectacle will see half of George...

Anger and bewilderment at Howden plans

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Children in West Lothian will be losing a vital lifeline if a local arts centre is allowed to close, says a popular youth theatre fighting to keep the venue open.The first many young people...

Rugby club bids for beer garden

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Ross High RFC has lodged plans to create a beer garden outside its Tranent clubhouseA planning application has been submitted to East Lothian Council which would see a slabbed area outside the clubhouse...

Naked bike ride set to return to city centre this summer

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The "clothing optional" cycle has been given the go-ahead by the council.The event will take place in July and seeks to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists in traffic and protest against “car culture”.Councillors approved...

East Lothian Councillors back plans to protect public right of way

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A public path which existed for over a century, linking John Muir Way and Yellowcraig Beach, had to be diverted after developers built housing across it.The path has been considered a public right of...

Ukrainians to be moved off boat by July

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Ukrainian refugees on board a cruise ship in Edinburgh will be moved into new accommodation by July, the council has confirmed.Over 1,000 people are still living on the MS Victoria which has been docked...

Protestors gather to save Howden Park as councillors meet to discuss closures

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Around 100 campaigners gathered outside the Civic Centre in Livingston calling for threatened West Lothian leisure facilities to be saved.Money to save an under threat venue described as ‘the beating heart’ of the local community,...
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Twenty will be plenty in Midlothian

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More than nine out of ten Midlothian streets which currently have 30mph speed limits would be reduced to 20mph under plans set to go before councillors next week.A review of roads across the county...

Edinburgh residents invited to join Scottish Land Commission at virtual public meeting

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Edinburgh residents are invited to join the Scottish Land Commission online at its latest virtual public meeting.The meeting aims to give people the opportunity to talk about their local land, sharing the issues and...

EAST LOTHIAN: Farm sheds get go ahead despite 59 objections

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Plans to build two new barns on a farm in East Lothian were described as a ‘Trojan Horse’ by a councillor amid concern they would become part of a theme park proposed for the...

Wind farm faces protests over land bid

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A bid to force land owners to sell part of their sites to operators of what will be one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms is facing protests from the owners of East Lothian’s...

Thousands of adults in Midlothian can’t afford to turn on the heat

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Up to 21,000 adults living in Midlothian cannot afford to turn on the heat in their homes to keep warm or eat a balanced meal, according to a new report.The figure comes from an...

Council’s use of toxic weed killer increases

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Use of a toxic weed killer which threatens bee colonies and has been linked with cases of cancer has hit a six-year high in Edinburgh despite a council commitment to cut down.Nearly 4,000 litres...

Employment and Training Boost for South West Edinburgh 

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Space at The Broomhouse Hub appoints a new Employability Manager to oversee projects which help people into paid workBroomhouse and the surrounding areas will be getting a boost in training opportunities as Joyce Juma-Phiri...

Costorphine Community Centre transfer approved

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The ownership of Costorphine community centre will be handed from the council to local residents – a decade after the former building burnt down.The ownership of an Edinburgh community centre will be handed from...

New homes plan withdrawn from site of historic Portobello railway station

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A bid to build houses on the site of a former Edinburgh train station has been dropped after locals feared the development would block any future re-opening of the railway stop.Portobello residents hit back...

Waverley beer garden dealt another blow

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A busy pop-up beer garden in Edinburgh City Centre has been dealt another blow after a bid to overturn the council’s decision to reject a three-year extension was thrown out.A busy pop-up beer garden...

Call for council to intervene as the last bank in Tranent is set to...

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Anger over the decision from RBS to close its Tranent branch this summer - seven years after it closed its branch in neighbouring PrestonpansThe Royal Bank of Scotland's announcement that it will close its...

Low income households to be offered free bulky uplifts

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Free bulky uplifts will be offered to low income households in Edinburgh from later this year as part of a £3 million city clean-up programme agreed by the council.It currently costs residents £5 per...

Newtongrange Airbnb owner loses appeal amid concern over ‘rowdy’ guests

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A Midlothian Airbnb owner has lost her appeal to keep operating on a residential street after councillors raised concerns about the potential for ‘rowdy’ guests.Angela Bardens said she had operated the flat in Beechwood...

Dalkeith: ‘Neon pink’ signs ‘more distracting’ than solar panels

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A homeowner refused permission for solar panels near Dalkeith Country Park entrance claims ‘neon pink’ park advertising board and church signs are more of a distraction.Dalkeith resident Paul Shipp was refused planning permission to...