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November 2014 Newsletter

Another 3 months have gone by, and it will soon be nearing Christmas. As you will see later on, our Masterplan for Kettilstoun has been completed by PMR Leisure Consultants and it is impressive and ambitious. Now it won't all happen at once, it will be phased. However we have yet to hear whether we have the funding to do the business plan for the development and maintenance/revenue costs. I understand that the decision is being made on 27 November so please watch our website and the media for the news. On the asset transfer side we are still awaiting a decision by West Lothian Council (WLC) on our Stage 1 application. Maybe that is not surprising as the final Masterplan has expanded our original application so needs reconsideration by WLC. We are also a pilot scheme when it comes to WLC and asset transfer so everything needs to be carefully considered.

I am delighted to say that our numbers are increasing, albeit slowly, and I would like to say thank you to all those who have joined us since the last newsletter. Please continue to spread the word about our projects because I am sure that there are people who are interested and would love to help in some capacity or other. By being a member, you are kept up to date with progress on all our projects.

At the next Board meeting we will be discussing taking on charitable status. You, our members, gave us the go ahead at the AGM if we thought it necessary to become a charity and I believe that time has now arrived. We have to apply so it is not automatic and I shall keep you in the picture via the website.

You may have noticed that Anne Daly is no longer a Director of the LCDT. Anne moved to Bo'ness and, according to our constitution, can no longer be a director. However, as previous directors who have left, Anne plans to continue to help out when she can. I would like to say thanks for all Anne has done to date.

Last but by no means least I am still planning on getting a Community Hub working group up and running soon.

Have a very lovely Christmas everyone when it comes.

Gill Fawcitt
Kettilstoun Masterplan

LCDT has now published the latest Masterplan (see image below) showing proposed plans to create a multi-sport Community Sports Hub at Kettilstoun Mains (Linlithgow Leisure Centre).

Produced by PMR Consultants, the Masterplan shows a possible layout which (subject to consultation, planning, funding, and detailed design) is to be delivered in partnership with West Lothian Council (WLC) and West Lothian Leisure (WLL).

Long term aims of the site are to:
  • Provide a ‘home’ for local sports clubs with no training facilities and storage space of their own
  • Help the clubs improve sporting participation, health and fitness
  • Complement existing facilities to create a regional sporting facility for events, coaching and training
  • Deliver a shared use community building for use by clubs and community bodies
Masterplan features:
  • 3G football pitch (to be delivered by WLC/WLL)
  • 4000 metre long multi loop Closed Road cycling and running track (shared use)
  • Sprint lanes/long jump area
  • Field athletics area (high jump, javelin, shot putt, hammer area)
  • BMX track
  • New landscaping along A706 and passive provision for cyclo-cross training/racing
  • Events/marquee space
  • Multi user Community Sports Hub building with possible social enterprise café, community room, meeting room, sports changing rooms, toilets, sports kit storage space, kayak storage
  • Additional car parking (in addition to planned car park extension by WLL/WLC)
A Stakeholders Steering Group has been formed and will be responsible for moving the project forward through its next stages. The Steering Group has representatives from the Trust, WLC, WLL, Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club, West Lothian Clarion Cycling Club, Linlithgow Athletics Club, Linlithgow Kayak Racing and the Linlithgow Reed Band (who need space for practising and instrument storage etc). Further details about this group can be found in the article below.

The Masterplan has been developed with input from the national sporting bodies for the 4 sports involved (football, cycling, athletics and kayaking) and has support from them and Sportscotland.

  • Community support – please support the Trust. Help it to deliver this exciting major project, for the town and for West Lothian. If you are not a member please join and encourage others to!
  • Clubs – please get behind the proposals and demonstrate your commitment to it!
  • Assistance – if you could assist the Trust with delivery of this project, and have skills and time to do so, please contact the Trust. We are always keen to hear from volunteers who can help with this, and other, projects.
Kettilstoun Masterplan
To see a larger version please go to
Kettilstoun Stakeholders Group

As the Kettilstoun project continues to progress it is important to ensure that the proposals reflect the needs and aspirations of its future asset owners, managers and users. The Trust has therefore set up a Stakeholders Group whose members will help to steer and shape the project towards its delivery and also plan for its future management once built.

All the sports clubs and organisations with an interest in the project are presented on the Stakeholders Group, as are West Lothian Council and West Lothian Leisure.

The Group’s members are:
  • Robin Priestley (Chair), LCDT and West Lothian Clarion cycling club
  • Jim Gilfeather, LCDT and Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club
  • Jonathan Molloy, LCDT and Linlithgow Reed Band
  • Robin Strang, Chief Executive, West Lothian Leisure
  • Karen Cadell, Linlithgow Kayak Racing
  • John Redding, Linlithgow Athletics Club
  • Douglas Grierson, West Lothian Council (Community Regeneration)
  • Keir Stevenson, West Lothian Council (Sport & Outdoor Education)
  • Fraser Falconer, canal enthusiast and formerly responsible for fundraising with BBC Children In Need in Scotland.
Already the Group has established a good working relationship as we seek to deliver the project in partnership with all the stakeholders.  
Wheeled Sports
Whilst the numbers of young people attending the Wheeled Sports meetings has decreased slightly, it has not hindered progress with a clear focus now on the funding and sustainability of the project. As Cameron has moved on to university we have appointed a new chair, myself John Davidson, to continue with the momentum gained. The project has never seemed more attainable and we largely attribute that to the structure and encouragement provided by members of the Community Development Trust. We look forward to continuing to work in collaboration and playing our part to make the Community Sports Hub a reality. Please feel free to contact me at

Play in the Community
The play park working group has identified a range of potential funding sources and is now looking at completing relevant funding applications. The focus is not about creating a traditional play park, but instead a community play area which fits in with the natural environment and encourages children to be physically active via a fun fitness trail. We are planning a consultation process which will be taking place in some schools and the leisure centre. The aim is to gain the views of children and parents on usage of such a play area and what type of equipment they would like in it. Again this information will be used to support funding applications. The image below provides an illustration of the type of equipment we are looking at. This is only an example though as the final pieces of equipment will be informed by the consultation.
An example of what the play space at Kettilstoun could look like.
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