Nov 122015

More than 460 households and businesses in Haddington are now able to connect to fibre broadband, with more to follow, thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

The properties in Haddington join more than 5,300 homes and businesses in East Lothian which are now able to access fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland rollout.

Other areas where fibre has gone live thanks to the programme include Aberlady, Gifford, Longniddry, Gullane and Port Seton, with more areas planned in the coming months as engineers from BT’s local network business Openreach continue work on the ground.

The coverage in Haddington builds on BT’s commercial rollout of fibre broadband there, which passes nearly 3,500 more local homes and businesses. The fibre network has also been extended in Cockenzie and Tranent by the Digital Scotland rollout.

To help local people find out more about the benefits of the high-speed service, a special drop-in event will be held on Court Street, between 12 and 3pm, on Friday November 20. Anyone from Haddington and the surrounding area interested in finding out how fibre broadband works and the benefits it can provide is welcome to attend the free event.

The latest premises are among more than 455,000 across Scotland which can now access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps* as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland rollout. The project underpins the Scottish Government’s aim of delivering world class connectivity by 2020.

Fibre broadband enables multiple users in a home or business to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time more quickly than ever before. In order to take advantage of the higher speeds now available, residents should contact their service provider.

During the event, members of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme will be on hand to get people up to speed with the technology and provide advice on areas such as signing up with a service provider.

Those attending will also be able to climb aboard the new Digital Scotland Fibre Showcase, a specially-adapted vehicle which features all of the equipment used in the roll-out of fibre broadband. The unique vehicle includes equipment which is familiar to members of the public – like the new green street cabinets – as well as some of the things they don’t often see, such as how fibre-optic cables are ‘blown’ underground, as part of the deployment.

Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “It’s really exciting to hear that so many residences in and around Haddington are already able to connect to fibre broadband. It’s good to see this project reaching more communities in our area, contributing towards the aim of connecting most of our homes and businesses to fibre broadband.

“We hope to have a good turn-out at the event on Court Street and demonstrate to our residents and various businesses the huge benefits which fibre broadband will provide.”

Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “It’s great news that many residents and businesses in Haddington are now able to receive fibre broadband thanks to the programme, with more local coverage to follow.

“I’m also excited that we’ll be having our new Digital Scotland fibre showcase in the village. This will give residents an interesting and detailed idea of what fibre broadband can provide and exactly how it’s delivered.

“The difference a high-speed connection can make is amazing, giving much more flexibility at work or in the home. I hope that local residents will come along to the event at The Cargill Centre to get an understanding of the boost they can expect from a fast fibre broadband connection when they sign up with a service provider.”

BT is investing £126 million in the Digital Scotland programme, in addition to its commercial rollout of fibre broadband in Scotland.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland Director, said: “Thousands more people in East Lothian now have access to their best ever broadband speeds thanks to the Digital Scotland project, which builds on BT’s commercial roll-out in some towns including Haddington.

“It means that in total nearly 35,000 East Lothian households can now access a fibre broadband connection and, as the new high-speed network continues to extend across the area, making the most of it is vital. I hope local people and businesses will soon be taking advantage of all the opportunities on offer.”

Local people can check the interactive map on the Digital Scotland website ( to find out if they can get the service and further information is also available on Twitter @ScotSuperfast or Facebook at

Apr 192015

Proposals for the new East Lothian Community Hospital will go on show to the public at a host of events across the county in May.

A Proposal of Application Notice has been submitted to East Lothian Council and a number of community consultation events will now follow.
These events will help to gather views about the look and feel of the building, landscaping at the site along with access to the new hospital, which is proposed to be built at Roodlands in Haddington.
NHS Lothian, working with our development partner Hub South East Scotland, would then anticipate submitting a planning application for the project this summer.
Staff and service providers have been involved in workshops over the past few months to develop the designs of the new hospital.
This work has involved deciding on locations for departments within the new facility. Access to and from the site has also been carefully considered as part of this process.
David Small, Joint Director, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We are keen to hear views from service users, patients and the public about the latest proposals which will go to the council planning committee in the summer.
“So far we have listened to what people have had to say about the new development and it’s important to the success of the project that this continues as we move ahead.
“We would ask those interested in the development to come along and share their comments on the plans we have at this point. Senior members of the project team who are leading on the development will be able to answer any questions you have on the day.”
The dates and locations for the public meetings are:
Friday 15th May             2pm – 7pm    Town House (Main Hall), Haddington
Saturday 16th May        10am – 2pm   Town House (Main Hall), Haddington
Tuesday 19th May         6pm – 8pm     Esk Rooms 1 and 2, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh
Thursday 21st May        6pm – 8pm     Hope Rooms, North Berwick
The outline business case for the project is also being developed in tandem with the planning proposals and this will set out costs, location, hospital services and timescales.
The project team would anticipate submitting the outline business case for approval to the Scottish Government by summer 2015.
Jan 212015
Strive Volunteer Recruitment Fair

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Radio Saltire is delighted to be attending the East Lothian Strive Volunteer Recruitment Fair in Haddington this Friday (23rd Jan).

The event at the town’s Corn Exchange will allow local people interested in volunteering to get to know our communitie’s organisations a little better. There will be over 20 groups at the fair offering a range of different opportunities in an array of different environments.

So, why not pop in?

Say hello to some of Radio Saltire’s hard working volunteers, find out more about us and have a chat about how you could help our friendly team.

Community radio is about far more than presenting shows. We also need people with admin skills to keep all those creative types in check! We need fundraisers, marketers, writers and photographers and we’re sure we’ll be able to use your skills too. Whatever they are!

The Strive event is at:

  • Haddington Corn Exchange
  • 11am to 3pm
  • Friday 23rd Jan

See You There!

Jan 142015

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian and the Borders are appealing for witnesses following a series of thefts and break-ins in the area.

Eight incidents have been reported and are believed to have occurred between Sunday, January 11, and Monday, January 12.

Outbuildings, such as sheds and garages, have been targeted and items reported missing include power tools, such as drills, and three vehicles including a white Ford Transit van, a silver VW van and a silver VW Golf.

Police are currently treating the incidents as linked.

Chief Inspector Andy Clark said:

We are keen to trace anyone seen acting suspiciously, particularly in the Haddington area, between Sunday evening and Monday morning. We are also urging anyone who may have seen any of the missing vehicles to come forward.

The public plays a massive part in crime prevention and I urge everyone to ensure that their properties, and access points to their land, as well as vehicles, are secured at all times.

Those with information are asked to Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Jul 212014
Gavin McIntyre

Gavin McIntyre

Police Scotland is appealing for information to help trace a man reported missing in Edinburgh.

Gavin McIntyre was known to be in the Morningside area of the city at around 1.30pm on Monday 21st July.

However, the 35-year-old from Market Street in Haddington has not been seen or heard from since and concern is now growing for his welfare.

Gavin knows the East Lothian and Edinburgh areas very well and has previously travelled recreationally throughout the UK.

Anyone who can assist police in locating him is asked to come forward.

He is described as white, 6ft tall with long hair and wearing blue trousers, brown slip on shoes and a white hooded top with horizontal coloured stripes.

Inspector Murray Tait said:

Police, are getting increasingly concerned for Gavin, as he has not been in contact with friends or family since being reported missing.

Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police immediately.

Similarly, Gavin is also asked to get in touch and let us know he is safe and well.

Those with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

Jul 032014

Tynepark AnnexTynepark resource centre has been a meeting place for people with mental health problems for many years. Unfortunately, it has now come to the end of the road.

Tynepark has been sold and the users have been issued with a notice to quit by 25th July this year. It will then be handed over to another, as yet, unknown organisation.

The drop in facility at Tynepark will no longer be available, a shame since some people have been attending for over 15 years.

However, the garden centre at Tynepark is still open and all plants must be sold, probably by the same date, 25th July. Therefore, if you have spaces in your garden that need filled up, pop down to Tynepark. You won’t get your plants cheaper elsewhere. This year Tynepark had  a bigger variety of plants and flowers than ever. Please do drop in and have a look for yourself.

The garden is open Monday to Saturday from around 10am till 4:30pm

How do you get there?

  • Head up Sidegate in the direction of St Mary’s church.
  • Turn left down the little lane between the two churches
  • The garden is at the bottom of the lane..
  • Nae borra!!!
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