Feb 272015

LothianBuses.svgFrom Sunday 29th March, Lothian Buses will be making changes to most bus services. These changes will result in improvements to timetables, especially in the evenings and at weekends. The changes to routes through East Lothian are summarised below:

Service 15 Revised route and timetable
A revised route resulting in a quicker, more direct service from Penicuik to the south-side of Edinburgh and the City Centre. Buses will run as per the current route as far as Gowkley Moss Roundabout then direct to Penicuik, omitting Bilston, Roslin and Auchendinny. From John Street, buses will run via Carlops Road to Deanburn, no longer serving Penicuik Town Centre. Later evening buses will be introduced between the City and Penicuik, in both directions.
Sunday service 15A is withdrawn.

Service 26 Revised timetable and route change
Altered route at Tranent with buses extending from the High Street to Windygoul to part replace service 44. Haddington Road will continue to be served by service 104.

Service 44/44A Revised route and timetable
The service will no longer serve Tranent (Windygoul). All buses will run to Wallyford with some Monday to Saturday peak time journeys continuing to serve Whitecraig.
Tranent will continue to be served by the 26, X44, 104 and 113.

Service X44 (Tranent) Revised timetable and stopping places
An additional morning and afternoon journey will operate. Buses will now operate Limited Stop on Milton Road, stopping at Brustane and Paisley Drive only.

Service 113 More buses
Monday to Saturday frequency increased to every 30 minutes providing Tranent with more direct journeys following the withdrawal of service 44 from the town.

Service N30 Revised route and timetable (from a.m. Monday 30th March)
Leith Street (Omni) no longer served.
In Stoneybank and Musselburgh the route is altered to run as a one-way loop. Stoneybank Cresent, Newbigging and the High Street will no longer be served. From Stoneybank, buses will run via Mall Avenue, Bridge Street and will return via North High Street and Newhailes Road to Stoneybank.

For more information, please see this LRT Website page.

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Feb 272015

A man has been arrested and charged by police in Galashiels in connection with a number of local housebreakings.

The 24-year-old was detected on Wednesday night (25 Feb) when he was disturbed in a private garden at a home in Lawyers Brae.

He has also been charged with three separate reports of housebreaking in the town and will appear in court at a later date.

Police wish to thank the members of the public who assisted them with their enquiries.

Community Inspector Tony Hodges said: “The area in question has seen a number of thefts from private properties in recent weeks and thanks to the vigilance of his homeowner we have apprehended a man in connection with these incidents.

“Following his arrest we have now established evidence to report him for an addition three thefts from local properties, which occurred earlier this month.”

Feb 262015

Police in East Lothian have arrested and charged a 16-year-old man following break-ins at three business premises in Dunbar during the early hours of Tuesday, February 17.

He has also been charged in connection with a break-in at a public house in Tranent, which also took place in the early hours of February 17.

He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Thursday, February 26).

Police are now appealing for witnesses following further break-ins to business premises.

The first took place in the early hours of Wednesday, February 25, in Longniddry. The second break-in took place sometime between the afternoon of Tuesday, February 24, and the morning of Wednesday, February 25, in Port Seton.

Officers are now urging anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area, or who has any further information about these break-ins, to come forward.

Inspector Andy Harborow said: “I’m urging all residents to be vigilant and call if they see any suspicious behaviour related to a property. The sooner we are called to an incident the sooner we can begin our investigations.

“Likewise, I would urge all local businesses to ensure that valuables are secured when a premises is empty, that all money is removed, and to arrange a consultation with one of our officers who will advise on how best to secure their premises.”

If you’re a local business owner, please contact PC Anne Torrance on 01620 827569 to arrange a crime prevention consultation with an officer.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Feb 262015

My guests were the cast and director from M.A.M.A -Musical Theatre Group.

Their show this year is Guys n Dolls and runs from 7-11 April at The Brunton Hall, Musselburgh.

Tickets are available from the Brunton Box Office 0131 665 2240 or you can access through the website:


Feb 252015

On the show tonight I’ll have some of the cast from M.A.M.A. -Musical Theatre Group – who this year are doing Guys n Dolls.  But just what is there connection to the kids Msical Theatre Group Loretto Youth players?  (who we had in recently and were doing Grease).  No doubt I’ll coax them into singing or acting a wee bit for us and we’ll test their knowledge on a mini quiz about Guys n Dolls.  All that and the usual unpredictale array of  tunes – why would you be doing anything else?  xx

Feb 242015

Cockenzie Power StationTwo steel towers, located at the coal handling plant adjacent to Cockenzie Power Station, are set to be brought down in a controlled explosive demolition event on Tuesday 3rd March at 2pm. Both structures weigh in the region of 120 tonnes, with ‘Coal Tower 2’ being 25 metres in height and the ‘Coalfield Unloading Hopper’ approximately 22 metres high.

Following discussions with the Police, no road closures are required for the event, which will again be managed by ScottishPower’s main contractor Brown and Mason. Due to tree cover and the proximity of earth embankments to the structures, unfortunately there are no suitable viewing areas for the event.

When the station was operational, coal was transported from the coal handling plant over a distance to storage bunkers at the rear of the station via a conveyor. ScottishPower has already successfully removed the coal conveyor over Edinburgh Road and, most recently, the storage bunkers at the rear of the station.

George Camps, ScottishPower Project Manager, said:

This is the tenth controlled explosive demolition event that we have managed at Cockenzie, and again we have worked closely with the Police and East Lothian Council to put plans in place. During the demolition programme we have worked hard to ensure that our activities on site have as little impact as possible on the surrounding area.

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