Feb 252012

All’s Fair in P7

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, Miss Wallace’s P7 class at East Linton Primary School are busy organising a Fairtrade Fair.

Morag Wallace told East Lothian FM:

The children have written to, phoned and emailed over 20 shops and businesses to invite them to set up stalls on the night, in order to sell their Fairtrade products and help promote Fairtrade to the public.

A warm welcome awaits ALL members of the community. So please come along and help us spread the word and make the world a Fairer place!

The Fairtrade Fair takes place on Thursday 1st March between 7 and 8.30pm
in the School Hall at East Linton Primary

More information about the Fairtrade work the school has been doing can be found on their school blog: http://edubuzz.org/eastlinton/

Feb 232012

Lothian & Borders Police LogoAnti-social behaviour in the Tranent area of East Lothian has hit an all time low.

Youth complaints in the Fa’side Ward, which covers the town of Tranent and the surrounding villages of Pencaitland, Macmerry, Ormiston and Elphinstone, have fallen by almost 80%.

In April 2011 the number of recorded youth complaints stood at 111, and by the end of the year this had been reduced to just 23.

The figures produced by East Lothian Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team evidence the dramatic drop in youth related anti-social behaviour calls in the area, which has been attributed to a sustained policing effort to tackle the culture of under-age drinking.

Inspector Helen Miller, from Lothian and Borders Police, said: “Since May 2011 my officers have been proactively dealing with children and young people who have been found in possession of alcohol or under the influence of alcohol, and investing time and effort in tracking down those adults who purchase alcohol on behalf of young people.

“Officers have reviewed every reported incident of youths being in possession of, or under the influence of alcohol. Follow-up visits to their homes or station-based interviews have identified a number of adults who have taken money from the youths and purchased alcohol on their behalf, otherwise known as a ‘proxy purchase’.

“In nearly every police investigation an adult has been traced, arrested and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.”

PC Scott Robertson, local Community Beat Officer, said: “If it takes four weeks or four months to find an adult buying alcohol for under-age youths, we will. Cutting off the supply of alcohol to youngsters in Tranent is crucial in making the town and the surrounding villages safer and better places for people to live.”

The zero-tolerance stance taken by police has not only impacted on youth calls, but over the same period (April to December) the overall number of anti-social behaviour calls was down by 51%, with all recorded crime down by 18%.

Figures released for January 2012 show recorded crime down by 47% (29 crimes).

In addition to the enforcement activity undertaken by local officers, local diversionary activity has also been credited as having a positive impact on the local community.

In particular, the Recharge project – a community led-initiative that focuses on providing young people with a safe place to go at nights – has seen a steady increase in its membership.

Centre manager Alan Bell said: “The Recharge drop-in nights have seen numbers increase steadily in the last year compared to previous years, and the positive relationship that we have developed with local police officers has been a key factor in this success.”

Following the success of the Tranent initiative, a similar approach to dealing with youth related anti-social behaviour will now be adopted by police in towns and villages across East Lothian.

Inspector Miller said: “Anti-social behaviour has a huge impact on communities, and Lothian and Borders Police is determined to improve the quality of life for people in East Lothian by tackling its root causes.

“We have seen remarkable results as a result of the action that we have undertaken in Tranent to address the issue of under-age drinking, and we will continue to pursue this strategy for the benefit of all of the communities in East Lothian.”

Feb 172012

PRESS RELEASE – 17TH. February 2012

East Lothian FM has announced that it has formally applied to Ofcom for a Community Broadcasting Licence for East Lothian.

East Lothian FM LogoThe Haddington based Internet radio station has been broadcasting from their Market Street studios in Kilspindie House since October last year and during the short time they have been ‘on air’ have built up an excellent reputation and following for their work within and for the community.

Apart from offering a daily mix of music and chat with local volunteer presenters representing all ages, over the Christmas period they were in attendance at the Rotary Club of Haddington’s, ‘Haddington on Skates’ extravaganza, providing free music and live outside broadcasts from the Corn Exchange. Their efforts produced much praise from the community in general and from the Haddington and other Rotary Clubs around the county. Continue reading »

Feb 162012

Viridor Welcome Comments

Viridor, Scotland’s leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste partner, today (16th February) encouraged community representatives and residents to attend and comment at its stakeholder events next week regarding plans to ‘normalise’ waste reception criteria at its consented energy from waste plant at Oxwellmains, East Lothian.

The company, which secured consent from Scottish Ministers in December 2010 for a £200m, 300,000 tonne energy from waste facility, will consult on plans, ahead of a formal application, to normalise planning conditions associated with the application in line with Scottish Government policy. Specifically the application will seek to remove an “artificial” restriction on the geographic areas from where non-recyclable residual waste may be received.

The drop-in consultation events, where members of the project team will be on hand to explain the proposal in detail and answer any questions, will be held on:

Hallhill Healthy Living Centre, Dunbar
12:30pm – 8:00pm


Innerwick Village Hall, Innerwick
11:00am – 8:00pm Continue reading »

Feb 142012

Exclusive AngelsThis month, our Exclusive Angels managed an Exclusive of their own. They were interviewed for the Dunbar Grammar E-Mag and were rewarded with a 2 page spread.

You can download the Mag HERE and find the Exclusive Angels article on pages 9 and 10.

The Exclusive Angels present Funky Friday on the first Friday of every month. Listen in between 2 and 4pm.

Interested in Presenting?

Funky Friday is a slot for younger people that would like to try presenting on community radio. Our aim is to encourage contributions from younger members of our community without the pressure of a weekly programme.

Full training and support is given to everyone that wants to join the station.

If you’re interested (or know someone that is), drop us a line using our Contact Form.

Feb 132012

Edit 1730hrs

**Rachael Richmond has been traced safe and well.**

Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for information to help trace a missing girl in East Lothian.

Rachael Richmond was last seen within her home address in Drummohr Gardens, Wallyford on Saturday 4th February.

Since then, the 15-year-old has failed to make contact with her family who are now growing concerned for her safety.

Rachael is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall with a medium build, shoulder-length dark brown hair with a red fringe and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a dark hooded top with white writing on the chest, light-brown jacket, jeans and white metal hoop earrings. When she left her home she was also carrying a holdall.

A police spokesman said: “Rachel is a confident and fairly independent girl and while there are no immediate concerns for her well-being, we are keen to find her as soon as possible and return her home.

“Anyone who has seen Rachael since Saturday 4th February or who can assist in tracing her is asked to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, we would urge Rachael to come forward and let us know she is safe and well.”

Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on:

0131 311 3131

Or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on:

0800 555 111.

Website address: www.lbp.police.uk