PB in Action: Midlothian

Midlothian Council is working with Coalfields Regeneration Trust to deliver a Participatory Budgeting (PB) project in Woodburn and Dalkeith. The Trust’s Coalfields Community Futures Programme is a six month programme that involves bringing together local community groups and funding projects in ex-mining areas.

The programme uses a PB approach to improve the local area. The Programme has already been delivered in Mayfield and Gorebridge and has formed the basis of their neighbourhood plans. What is unique about the Dalkeith/Woodburn programme is that the Council are match funding the £20k that the Trust is investing in the area.  A community consultation is currently underway. The results of the survey will be used to form a Action Plan that will identify what matter most to local people. Results of the survey will be presented at a Family Fun Day to be held on Saturday 24 October 11am-2pm at the Welfare Hall, St Andrews St, Dalkeith. As part of this event people will have the opportunity to vote on their priorities and what projects should be funded. The programme is open for applications until the 16 October for further information please visit the Councils website.

Midlothian Council is also working with PB Consultancy to deliver a seminar for Elected Members on PB on 1 December 2015. The session will be run PB Partners, who have been commissioned by the Scottish Government to provide support to Local Authorities across Scotland.

For further information on PB in Midlothian Council please contact:

Stephen Bermingham, 0131 271 3338