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Electricity Act 1989: Application ECU00004759 / Crystal Rig Solar




Natural Power Consultants Limited on behalf of Fred. Olsen Renewables Limited (“the Company”) has submitted an application under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 for the Scottish Ministers’ consent to construct and operate the Crystal Rig Solar electricity generating station on land approximately 13 kilometres (km) south of Dunbar and being an extension to the Crystal Rig Wind Farm. The electricity generating station is within the planning authority areas of both Scottish Borders Council and East Lothian Council. The proposed development would provide up to 27MW of generating capacity from solar panels, and is subject to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). An EIA report has been produced and will be taken into consideration in determining the application.

In accordance with the Electricity (Applications for Consent) Regulations 1990, and the Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (‘EIA regulations’), details of the application have been published in the national and local press. The application and EIA report has been made available by the Company on their application website:


Please provide any representations regarding the proposal by 30 August 2024.

The application and all documentation, including the EIA report, can be viewed at

Please submit your response by email to

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Lucy’s Place CIC – Places Still Available for Events!

Lucy’s Place CIC is a community well-being initiative combining  options for clinical Psychology, evidence based psychological therapy and community well-being meets in the outdoors.
Please explore our community well-being activities to improve your well-being today. Places at the community well-being meets in the outdoors are fully funded for members of Garvald and Morham community. People can apply to all events here  :
Mindful Walking with Joyce Lukkes Mindfulness- Saturday 10th August 10:00-11:30: 
Mindfulness has significant benefits to mental health and well-being. In this introduction you will be able to relax in the beautiful Amisfield walled Garden and immerse yourself in the moment in a gentle walk.
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Guided Ben Lomand Walk with Wild Caledonia – Monday 19th August, Full day: 
From Rowardennan on the shores of Loch Lomond we will ascend the lovely Ben Lomond as it rises above the highland boundary fault, with dramatic views to the south. The well-trod path makes a relatively easy ascent, with more interesting descent via Ptarmigan ridge on return. A lovely introduction to Munros.
Paddlesports with Whiteadder Watersports Trust – Saturday 21st September 13:00-15:00: 
We have row boards, paddleboards and sit on top kayaks to chose from. Whichever craft the weather dictates is best, you will have a lot of fun learning to paddle or developing skills on this beautiful reservoir. We can creep up alongside ducks, swans and sometimes cormorants. You will be in safe hands with one of our BCU qualified instructors.
Guided Cairngorm Walk With Wild Caledonia – Sunday 22nd September Full day:
The Cairn Gorm Plateau is a remarkable place, hosting a unique Alpine-Artic environment, dramatic glaciation and a herd of over 150 free roaming reindeer! Starting from the Cairngorm base station, we will walk into the northern corries before ascending onto the plateau and summiting Cairm Gorm, Scotland’s sixth highest mountain. A grand day out with international Mountain Leader, Richard Phillips!


We hope to see you at one of our events soon

Summer Activities for Children + Young People

Here are some suggestions of what is on offer for reading, arts, staying active or being in nature and more, during the summer holidays!

The Summer Reading Challenge – in local libraries

The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge encourages children ages 4-11 to read for fun, and happens in libraries every year in the summer holidays.

This year, the theme is Marvellous Makers and it’s all about creativity. From dance to drawing, junk modelling to music, there’s something for everyone.

With incentives to collect and plenty of brilliant books to enjoy, the Challenge is the perfect summer activity to build young readers’ skills and confidence during the break from school. Children can also take part online.

Find out all about the challenge and to find out about the many free events happening in local libraries throughout the summer:

Here is the page for summer activities at Haddington Library Summer Activities at Haddington Library » East Lothian Council (

Countryside Rangers summer activities

There are events for all ages organised by the Countryside Rangers and you can book online – examples below!

1 July 9-11am Moth Magic Come get up close and personal with amazing moths. Find out about their fascinating lives before we release them back into the wild. Waterston House, Aberlady
24 July 10-11:30am Rockpool Ramble Join us for a guddle amongst the rockpools and see what amazing creatures we can find. Wear wellies/old shoes. Longniddry 2
9 August 10-11:30am Rockpool Ramble Join us for a guddle amongst the rockpools and see what amazing creatures we can find. Wear wellies/old shoes. Dunbar East Beach
18 July 10-11:30am Minibeast Magic Come along and find out about the amazing jobs these tiny creatures undertake in our woodlands! Prestongrange
10 July 1-2:30pm Rock School Join the ranger to learn about what used to live along our coasts and find evidence of fossilised forests, corals and lots more! Whitesands
6 Sept. 7:30-9pm Night Life Turn up and tune in to bat FM as we find out about some of our nocturnal wildlife. Haddington

More events in Haddington for Children and Young People

Find out what’s on at The Haddington Bridge

Find out what’s on through the Arts Service – dance, drama, musical theatre and more! Summer Arts Programme | Summer Arts | East Lothian Council

Find out what’s on in Haddington rugby, tennis Haddington Summer Activities » East Lothian Council (


Enjoyleisure Children’s Summer Activities Programme

The programme includes basketball, racquet sports and swimming:


Free Logs!

There is a small quantity of cut logs sitting beside the Telephone Exchange in Garvald for anyone in the village to collect, courtesy of ELC.

REMINDER and VOLUNTEERS/BAKERS NEEDED: Table-top / Jumble Sale – Garvald Village Hall – Sunday 23rd June

All  the  proceeds from the jumble sale and refreshments on Sunday 23rd June, 2-5pm, in Garvald Village Hall are going to funds for the village hall, after costs.

PLEASE NOTE: the sale is on SUNDAY, not Saturday – as some of the flyers stated.

We  are looking for volunteers to help with the teas, baking and jumble table, also taking donations at the door.

Hand in baking on Saturday between 6-8pm also between 12-2pm on Sunday. Jumble can also be handed in at these times.

If you wish to hire a table and sell your wares, it is £10 a table. Please complete the contact form, below, for information.

Tea, coffee and cake will be served. Donations of cakes or biscuits would be appreciated.
Also, donations for jumble would be appreciated.

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    REMINDER: Parking on Pavements in Garvald & East Lothian

    East Lothian Council will be enforcing parking on pavements in the future. We, as a Community Council, will be asking for an exemption order as you come into the village and on the corner going towards the church where parking on the pavement takes place at the moment. If implemented the fine is £100 reduced to £50 if paid within a specified time.

    Parking on pavements, double parking and parking at lowered kerbs causes inconvenience, safety and accessibility issues for all. It causes challenges for vulnerable road users, such as children, due to restricted visibility when trying to cross the road safely and particularly affects those with visual or physical impairments or mobility issues such as wheelchair users or carers with prams and buggies, often forcing them to use the live carriageway to proceed past an obstruction.

    The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 provided powers for local authorities to prohibit pavement parking, double parking and lowered kerb parking. These powers became live when the Parking Prohibitions (Enforcement and Accounts) (Scotland) Regulations 2023 came into force on 11th December 2023. The aim of this new legislation is to improve walking conditions for pedestrians and to grant local authorities additional enforcement powers to help keep footways and lowered kerbs clear of parked vehicles.

    The default position is that parking on pavements (which includes partly on pavements), double parking and parking at lowered kerbs is now unlawful throughout Scotland.

    For roads where enforcement of this legislation may cause significant operational or practical difficulties the legislation permits roads authorities, such as East Lothian Council, to create exemption orders which would permit parking on pavements for specified roads which meet strict criteria.

    To promote an exemption order the authority must be able to evidence that:

    1. The road carriageway width is insufficient to permit vehicles previously parked on the pavement to park on the road without obstructing the free flow of traffic, particularly emergency service vehicles. For practical purposes this means that the carriageway must be a minimum of 5.5 metres from kerb to kerb or verge to verge.

    2. That the pavement is sufficiently wide to permit pavement parking while maintaining a continuous, minimum clear passage of 1.5 metres for pedestrians and other users.

    3. If neither of these criteria can be met, then an exemption order cannot be made and parking restrictions may have to be considered to prevent obstruction of the road.

    In preparation for the introduction of the regulations all roads across East Lothian were visually assessed during the day and in the evenings, aiming to provide an understanding of parking behaviour and in particular the potential impact and / or displacement of vehicles where footway parking currently exists.

    This exercise has identified several roads requiring to be formally subject to detailed assessment. This will involve staff carrying out site visits to measure footway and carriageway width at these locations to identify whether an Exemption Order to allow footway parking may be appropriate or whether parking restrictions may be required where the footway is not wide enough to accommodate parking, but the road would be blocked as a result.

    While officers have identified several roads where exemption orders or parking restrictions there may be required, those who live and work in our communities have the best local knowledge of their areas.

    Chair, Garvald & Morham CC

    Table-top / Jumble Sale – Sunday 23rd June – Garvald

    There will be a table top/jumble sale on Sunday 23rd June, 2-5pm, in Garvald Village Hall.

    If you wish to hire a table and sell your wares, it is £10 a table. Please complete the contact form, below, for information.

    Tea, coffee and cake will be served. Donations of cakes or biscuits would be appreciated.
    Also, donations for jumble would be appreciated.

    All proceeds of jumble and refreshments will go towards the village hall refurbishments.

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      East Lothian Garden Waste Permits

      Residents will be given an additional opportunity this year to register for a permit to receive collections of garden waste from East Lothian Council. The second registration period of 2024 will be open from 26 August to 6 September.

      This follows the first registration period which saw around 19,600 properties being registered to receive a fortnightly garden waste service from July.

      The Council is in the process of finalising the routing and schedule for those who have already signed up. Residents who have registered during this period will shortly receive their permit sticker and collection calendars.

      Garden waste permits cost £35 per property.

      Residents wishing to sign up for the service between 26 August and 6 September will be able to do so online until 3:30pm on Friday 6 September.

      Those who sign up during this window will have their collections run from 21 October 2024 to 1 September 2025.

      Find out more about garden waste: Brown bin – monthly garden waste collections | Waste and recycling services for households | East Lothian Council

      Further updates and reminders will be issued.