West Lothian Council to invest £14m in open spaces

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WEST Lothian Council has announced it is to invest £14 million to develop open spaces in the constituency.

The funding will be allocated from 2021 until 2027/28, with £2,95,000 of works coming this year.

Highlights include the completion of a new 3G surface football pitch in East Calder in addition to work relating to two synthetic turf pitch projects at both St Margaret’s Academy and Inveralmond High School in Livingston. Various public parks will also benefit from the investment.

The local authority said that £2,668,000 has been earmarked for 2022/23 with notable projects already identified – including a multi-use games area at Mosswood in Livingston and ‘significant’ improvement works at East Calder Park.

Executive councillor for the environment at West Lothian Council, Tom Conn, said, “West Lothian Council remains as committed as ever to enhancing the wonderful outdoor experiences we have locally. The newly approved capital programme commits to the ongoing provision, development, regeneration and management of open spaces throughout West Lothian.

“From our country parks to children’s play areas, we have all arguably grown to appreciate the outdoors more than ever before over the past year. This programme will give council services the tools to continue their excellent work in delivering well maintained outdoor open spaces for the people of West Lothian to enjoy.”