East Lothian Council

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Council budget

Published: Saturday 13th January 2018

Paper on Budget Development to be presented at Cabinet

Pat O'Donnell

Tributes paid to former East Lothian Councillor

Published: Tuesday 5th December 2017

Tributes paid to Pat O'Donnell

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New homelessness strategy approved

Published: Tuesday 14th November 2017

Councillors have approved a key plan aimed at tackling homelessness in East Lothian.

Benefits and arrears

Council's 2016/17 Annual Audit identifies strong financial management

Published: Wednesday 1st November 2017

2016/17 Annual Audit Report presented to full Council meeting

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Council faces budgetary challenges

Published: Wednesday 1st November 2017

Full Council meeting hears about financial challenges

Tranent High Street

Have your say on Fa’side’s future

Published: Tuesday 31st October 2017

Fa’side Area Partnership invites local residents to its third Annual Public Meeting (APM), to be held on Tuesday 7 November at 6.30pm at Ross High School, Tranent.

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Commitment to boost veterans services across the Lothians

Published: Thursday 28th September 2017

New initiative launched across the Lothians to support Armed Forces veterans

Views wanted on community plan

Published: Monday 24th July 2017

East Lothian Partnership is inviting community groups and organisations to submit their views on a draft East Lothian Plan.

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City Region Deal signals major investment in East Lothian

Published: Thursday 20th July 2017

East Lothian to benefit from City Region Deal

Stand Against Scams

Council Tax refund scam warning

Published: Wednesday 5th July 2017

local residents contacted by fraud council tax refund claims

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Good news for communities as East Lothian Council approves £2.5m of partnership funds

Published: Wednesday 28th June 2017

East Lothian Council has approved funding worth more than £2.5 million to a range of local agencies and organisations as part of its commitment to partnership working.

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Council Plan 2017-2022 approved

Published: Tuesday 27th June 2017

Five year Council Plan approved

Scottish Youth Parliament members

East Lothian’s new SYP members visit Scottish Parliament

Published: Monday 1st May 2017

Last week East Lothian’s three new Scottish Youth Parliament members attended an event at the Scottish Parliament to discuss the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Spring issue of Living out now

Published: Friday 10th March 2017

The latest issue of Council’s newspaper for residents is out now. Look out for a copy being delivered to you, or download a copy now.

Council agrees Draft Council Plan 2017-22

Published: Tuesday 28th February 2017

A Draft Council Plan for a five year period, 2017-22 was agreed at today’s (Tuesday 28 February) full Council meeting.

East Linton High Street

East Lothian Partnership: reducing inequalities

Published: Thursday 23rd February 2017

Partnership working showing results

EL Living Winter 2016

Winter issue of Living

Published: Tuesday 29th November 2016

Latest issue of Council's newspaper for local residents is out now

You pay, have your say

You pay ... Have your say Budget consultation launched

Published: Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Local residents asked for their views on future budget

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Consultation launched on draft Air Quality Action Plan

Published: Tuesday 1st November 2016

Have your say on draft Air Quality Action Plan

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Council's Financial Prospects 2017-2020

Published: Tuesday 1st November 2016

Overview of Council's financial prospects presented

waste services

'Double whammy' of success!

Published: Wednesday 12th October 2016

Council's waste services team scoop top award

Haddington Sheriff Court

Council and Police Scotland consider collaborative working proposals

Published: Tuesday 11th October 2016

Agreement for further consultation to co-location proposals of police and council


Council up for two APSE awards

Published: Friday 29th July 2016

Council initiatives up for Public Service Excellence awards

Met Office

Weather alert

Published: Wednesday 20th July 2016

Storms forecast to affect East Lothian today.

Schools & Community

New budget approval and praise for area partnerships

Published: Friday 29th April 2016

A proposal devolving £600,000 to Area Partnerships for educational initiatives was approved at the full Council meeting on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

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Planning applications deferred for future consideration

Published: Tuesday 19th April 2016

Planning Committee agree to defer two North Berwick parking applications

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Contact Centre Telephone Maintenance

Published: Tuesday 29th March 2016

The Contact Centre’s Telephone system is being upgraded on Wednesday 30th March at 2pm.

Easter eggs

Office closures at Easter

Published: Thursday 24th March 2016

Office closures and emergency contact details over Easter.

John Muir statue, Dunbar

Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership Public Meeting

Published: Friday 19th February 2016

Open Public Meeting on Thursday 10 March

Benefits and arrears

Council home modernisation programme receives budget boost

Published: Tuesday 9th February 2016

Approved budget aims to increase affordable housing across county

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Council approves budget aimed at protecting front line services

Published: Tuesday 9th February 2016

Council approves budget

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Council's financial position outlined at cabinet meeting

Published: Wednesday 9th December 2015

Half year financial position detailed

Council Plan 2012 - 2017

Council plan progress showing achievements

Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015

Achievements of five year council plan debated at council

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Council agrees refugee support

Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015

Full council meeting agrees support for refugee families


East Lothian to welcome Rural Summit in November

Published: Friday 16th October 2015

Scottish Rural Summit comes to East Lothian in November

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Boundary Commission changes still unacceptable

Published: Wednesday 5th August 2015

East Lothian Council will continue to oppose proposed changes by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland, which have now gone out for statutory public consultation.

Convicted drug dealer evicted from Haddington tenancy

Published: Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Tenancy breach leads to eviction

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Council scoops Gold CoSLA Award

Published: Friday 13th March 2015

Educational initiative wins innovation and improvement award

Local Government Benchmarking Framework

Local Government benchmarking report 2013/14 published

Published: Friday 6th February 2015

The third annual report for the Scottish Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) for 2013/14 has just been published.

EL Partnership

Discover more about Area Partnerships

Published: Friday 23rd January 2015

Find out more about current Area Partnerships projects


ASBO prohibits Tranent man from entering local council office

Published: Tuesday 6th January 2015

Continued abuse towards council staff leads to man receiving ASBO

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Increase in youth employment opportunities

Published: Wednesday 17th December 2014

Council boost for youth employment

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New funding agreement agreed for Area Partnerships

Published: Tuesday 16th December 2014

Funding for Area Partnerships agreed at full Council meeting

Living East Lothian

Living newspaper Spring 2016

Published: Monday 17th November 2014

The Spring edition of the Council newspaper Living is out now.

Haddington Sheriff Court

Musselburgh tenant evicted following court action

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Council takes court action for eviction following drugs conviction

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Council annual public performance report 2013/14

Published: Friday 3rd October 2014

Council's performance on track for delivering 5-year council plan

Willie Innes and Angela Leitch unveil an Investors in People plaque in John Muir House, Haddington

Investors in People plaque unveiled

Published: Thursday 4th September 2014

Willie Innes, leader of the Council, and Angela Leitch, Chief Executive, unveiled the Investors in People plaque on Wednesday.

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Council to oppose boundary commission proposals

Published: Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Council rejects proposals to reduce number of councillors

Earth Hour

Council supporting Earth Hour 2014

Published: Wednesday 26th March 2014

Lights will be switched off at some council buildings on Saturday

East Lothian Living

Living Spring 2014 issue

Published: Friday 21st March 2014

The latest edition of council's newspaper 'Living' is out now


Prestonpans man banned from local football ground

Published: Friday 14th March 2014

ASBO probits man from local football ground


New Lord-Lieutenant appointed for East Lothian

Published: Friday 21st February 2014

Michael Williams appointed to historic role

George Johnstone Centre

George Johnstone Centre finalist in UK Civic Trust Awards

Published: Friday 14th February 2014

Council designed building in Tranent wins national award

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Council achieves top local authority satisfaction rating

Published: Tuesday 4th February 2014

Council has achieved the highest satisfaction ratings of any council in Scotland.

Council agree concordat

Council signs Green Network concordat

Published: Wednesday 27th November 2013

New agreement with Europe's largest greenspace initiative

Gullane fire school

Council and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service discuss Gullane college proposals

Published: Friday 22nd November 2013

Following decision to close fire training school

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Contact Centre phone maintenance

Published: Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Possible disruption today for customers phoning Council's Contact Centre

Haddington Sheriff Court

Fight to save Haddington Sheriff Court continues

Published: Wednesday 8th May 2013

Organisations and individuals join forces to oppose proposed closure

Haddington Sheriff Court

Council lobbying Parliament about proposed court closure

Published: Wednesday 24th April 2013

Haddington Sheriff Court is focus of renewed lobbying campaign

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New Scottish Councils benchmarking project welcomed

Published: Thursday 7th March 2013

New performance project launched

ASBO: David Richmond

Published: Wednesday 23rd January 2013

A 39-year-old man has been banned for three-years from disturbing his neighbours by playing loud music, shouting and swearing in and around his Musselburgh flat.

Armed Forces Day ceromony

Armed forces honoured

Published: Monday 25th June 2012

A short ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day flag raising was held in the Town House, Haddington, at which East Lothian Provost Ludovic Broun-Lindsay was joined by the Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian, Sir Garth Morrison, armed forces representatives, veterans, and community representatives.

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Ormiston Community Centre opens

Published: Tuesday 19th June 2012

Well-known Ormiston resident Moira Swinton on Monday unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the village’s £900,000 community centre.

Provost Sheena Richardson and Aage Stenz, Chair of Randers Municipality Health Care and Elderly Committee

'Velkommen' to Danish visitors

Published: Thursday 26th April 2012

Study group from Randers municipality visit East Lothian

Council approves £2.25m of new contracts

Published: Tuesday 13th March 2012

New affordable housing and play areas for Musselburgh and Tranent

Appointment of new Chief Executive

Published: Wednesday 8th June 2011

Angela Leitch selected as preferred candidate

North Berwick from the East

CCTV introduced to North Berwick

Published: Wednesday 27th October 2010

Seaside town receives new CCTV system

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