Kirknewton Gala launch pet show

Kirknewton Gala launched their first ever pet show this year – see some of their pictures at

The event raised £65 for Gala funds.

Well done to all the winners

Gala Pet Show Results (thanks very much to Jane from Oakbank Racing for judging).

Dog Categories
Best Trained/Trick:
1st – Beau (Fiona)
2nd – Lola (Chloe)
3rd – Meg (Jessica)

Best Rescue:
1st – Bandit (Amanda Blainey)
2nd – Bella (Louise Gardiner)
3rd – Chico (Sharon Hogarth)

Golden Oldie:
1st – Maddie (Louise Gardiner)
2nd – Harley (Maya & Holly Thomson)
3rd – Kenzie (Robert Thomson)

Cutest Puppy:
1st – Toffee (Maya)
2nd – Izzy (Sam Spence)
3rd – Lola (Laura)

Dog Judge Would Like to Take Home:
1st – Ted (Ryan)
2nd – Penny (Mick McGrogan)
3rd – Gilbert (Chris Robinson)

Best Cat:
Joint 1st – Mittens (Emily) and Marnie (Sara W)

Small Furries:
1st – Lucy the guinea pig (Amy & Freya)
2nd – Fudge the guinea pig (Hannah)
3rd – Pat the ferret (Ryan)

Other Pets:
1st – Nan the bantam (Sophie)
2nd – Skittles the pony (Alfie)
3rd – Pesh the bantam (Natalie)


Join KCDT today – get exclusive news

WE NEED YOUR HELP – everyone who lives in Kirknewton can be a member of Kirknewton Community Development Trust.  The more members we have, the better chance we have of raising funds for community groups and projects.  Please join – it takes a second to give us your details and is free.  When you sign up you will also get an exclusive newsletter for KCDT members only – you won’t want to miss it!

Kirknewton Veg Bag – locally grown food


Cyrenians Farm is an Organic Market garden and social enterprise located in Kirknewton at Humbie holdings

As well being a safe community for vulnerable young adults they grow and sell fruit and vegetables for sale to the public, all profits from the sales are committed to sustaining the Charity. They specialize in a ‘Veg Bag’ scheme where customers, for £10 per bag, get 8 items and up to 3.5kg of produce. The following link has a guide to how it works and an FAQ. Any specific questions and enquiries can be directed to

Kirknewton Community Development Trust are now looking to partner with Cyrenians to make this excellent offer available to people in the village. To begin with you will be able to pick up your bag from the Green Room on Thursdays between 10am and 2pm, or from the farm at any time on Thursday or Friday between 9am and 4pm. The farm may consider home delivery if those times are too awkward.

Rob Davidson, Manager Farm Enterprise

Do you need to use the Green Room?


During the next twelve months we hope to make the Green Room a true hub of community activity.

Built by the community for the community the Green Room, built in 2014, is now making our spare capacity available to community members, groups and people who work here or from home in Kirknewton.

The Green Room is opening it’s doors to studying students, people who work from home, outreach workers looking for a base, people working for volunteer groups or community members simply looking for a regular time and place to meet or work on a new idea.

You can have use of free wifi and by agreement use of mailing address, phone, internet, tea/coffee and equipment.

If interested you must register for this service at and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

To be a Kirknewton Community Councillor – all you have to do is live here!


Dear all

We are trying to convince as many people to stand as a Kirknewton Community Councillor as we can – not only to have an election but a healthy mix of local opinion. You only need to live in Kirknewton to stand.

Four years ago we had an election with 25% of you voting (a local election with party machines behind it is usually around 40%) which strengthened the Kirknewton voice in West Lothian. A Community Councillor attends 11 meetings a year, 2nd Tuesday of every month (except July) in the Green Room for approx. 2 hours. Any additional work comes from actions you can take forward.

There will be a workshop event on Tuesday 29th August at 7pm (to 9pm the latest) in the Green Room, 12 Main Street, Kirknewton. You will get a chance to meet other people standing, help fill in nomination forms for the Council, give guidance on what is required for election material (a simple biography and a few ideas, nothing too difficult) and a couple of scenarios of what to expect.

In advance of the event, if you have not already done so, you can download a nomination form from the link below.

So we can get an idea of those attending can you RSVP to this email by Tuesday 22nd August or before.

If the Community Council is not for you perhaps you can pass this message on to others you feel should stand. A mix of ages, gender and those involved in other community groups most welcome.

We can also have 4 Youth Members from 14-18 years old and are keen for people in that age range to stand too. More information can be found here

Nomination close Thur 14th Sept – with an election if enough people stand on 26th October.

Look forward to seeing you.

Election_Nomination_Pack Elections 2017


East Calder Medical Practice – what’s going on…


We are reducing the timescale for booking ahead to see a doctor.  Nurse appointments will remain unchanged.


We are consistently losing around 30 appointments per week because patients book then fail to keep the appointment.  An audit of these lost appointments reveals that more than ¾ of them have been booked more than 2 weeks in advance.  By reducing the number of wasted slots we expect to be able to offer more routine appointments.

If a doctor asks you to return in 3-4 weeks you should contact us 2 weeks before you want to be seen.

Any patient who feels they have an urgent problem that cannot wait until the next routine appointment will be assessed by one of our highly trained and qualified Nurse Practitioners.



Edinburgh Airport applies to CAA for flight path changes on the back of two flawed and error riddled consultations.

Edinburgh Airport Limited (EAL) has published rather vague information about its application to the CAA for changes to flight paths.

While the detail remains unclear, these proposals will amount to radical change in the skies above the Lothians, Falkirk and Fife – just like a new motorway network appearing above our heads.


This application comes on the back of two consultations by EAL, both of which contained multiple errors. In their recent report into their second consultation, the airport admitted some of these errors and said they were “embarrassed” by them. Some errors were impossible to understand, including a complete and inexplicable failure to count heads properly. It is simply breathtaking incompetence on an epic scale, without any support from the people who will bear the brunt of the impact.  The Consultation Institute has been unable to award it’s good practice designation without qualification to the Airport.

We have serious questions about this process:

1. What is the problem that the airport is trying to solve?
There is no proper justification for the changes proposed
Every time Communities challenge the airport with evidence, they change their justification for change. First they said it was for modernisation, then growth, now it is apparently about problems they have with their peak time scheduling. We continue to dispute that they airport has set out a clear, and justifiable case for change.

2. Consistently flawed consultation processes 

EAL has admitted to serious errors they made in both consultations. Both the initial and second consultations were decried as unfair and incompetent. Any conclusions drawn from either cannot be relied on.
The airport’s own consultants refused to sign off on the second consultation due to the multiple errors the airport made, including an extraordinary failure to count overflown populations correctly.

3. EAL now says it will use some flight paths only at morning peak times of 6am to 10am, meaning an unwanted and daily early morning wake up call for anyone unfortunate to find themselves living beneath.
We ask how can this operating restriction be policed? Experience shows that the airport’s word simply cannot be trusted.
Per the World Health Organisaion definition, “Night” is from 2300 – 0700. EAL wishes to disturb residents’ sleep from 6am every day.

In any case, there is serious disagreement with communities that the airport’s self made issue with early morning peak time delays in departures can be resolved by changes to flight paths.

Instead, it is clear to us that EAL must look at more efficient ground handling and better scheduling of its departures – which are issues to be managed on the ground and are NOT related to flight paths.

A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport Watch said:
We call on the airport to halt this flawed process now. The CAA must scrutinise this application very carefully, and understand that there is no Community support for these changes.

With 52% of responders being “negative”, we do not accept that there is any evidence that these changes have any “broad support” among communities as the airport claims.

Noise complaints to Edinburgh Airport are at record levels, the daily misery being caused to people in their homes, schools and businesses by the airport and its Air Traffic Controllers, NATS, cannot be allowed to continue.

We call on our government to intervene and ask serious questions about whose interests are being served by such radical proposals for change to flight paths that will have life altering consequences for the health and well being of hundreds of thousands of people across East Central Scotland.

With most of the flights from Edinburgh airport being short hops mainly to London, why isn’t this traffic going by train, a far less polluting and divisive form of transport?

Scotland’s need for a coherent transport policy that takes full account of the health and environmental impacts of the aviation industry has never been more urgent. We call on our Government to act in the interests of the people who elect them, and not those of the anonymous offshore global conglomerates who have gobbled up our airports, and now want to rob ordinary people of our quality of life.


The Consultation material was based on several false claims:

1. Population data was wrong throughout the consultation material, rendering incredible the airport’s claim that 25,000 fewer people would be overflown. We cannot find any correlation between the population data the airport published, and the 2011 Census which they claimed was the data source.

2. Moving to RNAV technology does not of itself require new flight paths as the airport claimed – existing flight paths can be converted to use modern navigation technology such as RNAV.

3. The baseline of the current pattern of flight paths shown in the consultation actually reflected the multiple and bitterly disputed changes the airport has already made in the use of airspace since 2015 and not the established pattern of airspace use as the airport claimed.

4. The airport’s claims that it needs new flight paths to grow do not stand up to scrutiny – there are fewer take-offs and landings at the airport now than at their peak 10 years ago. Passenger numbers have grown, but only because the planes are bigger and flying more full.

5. At the initial stage consultation in 2016 many residents were told unequivocally they would not be affected, yet in 2017 at Stage 2, then found preferred routes right over them, eg Winchburgh, North and South Queensferry, Kirknewton. Residents in these areas feel that they have been unfairly disadvantaged as a result.

6. Overall, 52% of responders to the second consultation gave an emphatic thumbs down to flight path change, yet the airport is pressing ahead anyway. Why?

7. Overall, less than 1% of the population responded to the second consultation, yet the airport claims “change was broadly accepted”. Where is the evidence to support such an assertion?

8. The whole precept of change is based on two factors a) a need for capacity and b) a reduction in environmental impact. It has been repeatedly demonstrated by Communities that the capacity issue is nonsense and that current aircraft movements remain below the 2007 peak. Any foreseeable economic growth could be managed by simple scheduling changes particularly around peak times.

9. The environmental case is completely flawed; the population statistics are plain and simply wrong and the claims of reduced impacts have neither a baseline nor any methodology. For an industry that prides itself on world-leading safety standards this is a truly shocking and embarrassing shambles

10. The airport made multiple errors in the response mechanisms, their freepost address was wrong on their website so that responses were returned, incorrect questions were asked in the survey forms, they wrongly rejected many responses. The manner the survey data has been presented is highly misleading, with data presented in graphs using different scaling, making proper comparisons difficult. The practice of including any responses marked “not applicable” is simply wrong, and further renders the conclusions made unreliable.


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Edinburgh Airport Watch is a Community group set up in response to the 2015 TUTUR flight trial debacle and other changes in the pattern of use of the airspace around Edinburgh Airport campaigning for positive benefits for Communities in relation to the operations of Edinburgh Airport. We are non-political and give our time for free.