The Coronavirus has changed the way we live in our community. Cars are being used less, communal spaces have become even more important and social distancing measures need to be implemented to keep us all safe. We welcome West Lothian Council’s £600,000 bid to the Spaces for People fund and look forward to seeing positive changes in the near future.
The West Lothian Liberal Democrats strongly oppose the plan by West Lothian Council to abandon the site of the Low Port Centre without even basic consultation with the community.
The Low Port Centre is used by groups such as Lochside Playgroup, the only funded playgroup for 2-5 year olds left in Linlithgow: they now face eviction.
The site has huge amounts of potential for the benefit of Linlithgow as a whole, whether that's as a continued base for outdoor education, or turning it into a youth hostel: the lack of interest in doing anything at all by West Lothian Council is staggeringly short-sighted.
Linlithgow needs hospital care for the elderly to remain locally available. Armadale is not a viable alternative as those who need the service provision most will find it difficult to get there.
Candidate Sally Pattle says, ‘Although the stresses and strains on the Health Service are understandable as we come out of this pandemic, COVID 19 cannot be used as an excuse to reduce care services for the most vulnerable in our society.’
The Liberal Democrats believe that the best way to avoid the worst impacts of future health crises is to maintain strong local care services for all ages and needs, and we will campaign to keep St Michael’s Hospital in Linlithgow open.
West Lothian Students start petition to save degree
Students from West Lothian College have started a petition to save the only honours degree in the area.
The degree has had its funding withdrawn by Edinburgh Napier University which ends a decade long partnership of running the course alongside the college.
The Liberal Democrats are calling for 'silly string' to be banned from sale at events in West Lothian. It was sad to see the damage done to statues, hoardings, pavements and even tractors following this year's Marches celebrations in Linlithgow. The 'string' is not biodegradable, can be toxic to humans and animals, and is also flammable.
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