In a surprise outcome last month, the Lib Dem budget proposals were approved. Here are the main points:-
All of this with a Council Tax increase of 5%, less than both Labour and SNP budgets. The budget also called for possible savings through Best Value service reviews and a saving of £600k from the Council’s redeployment pool. You can read more about the budget here.
Plans have been submitted for a four storey 12-bedroom boutique hotel with two ground floor short term let flats in the car park between the Canny Man’s pub and the small Lane Hotel, all under the same ownership. Plans can be viewed on the Council’s planning portal under reference 23/00359/FUL here. Unfortunately, the deadline for comments has passed.
The Council’s most recent update on the refurbishment works to Warrender Baths indicates work continues to take longer than expected and, once complete, will be followed by several weeks of preparation before eventually re-opening to the public. Delays to the project include finding wet rot in the roof and timber joists and additional works to the roof, to the slab floor and walls and windows. More info here.
Good news! 34 locations for the City Car Club are to have electric charging points. A report was considered at a recent meeting of the Council’s Transport Committee and includes a map with locations in appendix 2. The report (available here) also announces 10 new public charging points to add to the city’s network. Suggestions for new charging points can be made here.
Surface treatment work is to be carried out on a section of Braid Road, between Braid Hills Road and Pentland Terrace, and also on Fox Spring Crescent.
A set of exciting developments for Hillend Ski Centre were approved recently by Midlothian Council, including a climbing wall, alpine coaster, zip wire, jump slope and tubing activity – read more about this here. Road works on the A702 to create a new junction at Hillend are expected to start soon.
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