Green light for new cycle track

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An ambitious cycle track facility moved a step closer to becoming a reality when it was given the green light by West Lothian Council.

At its meeting on Tuesday, the council executive confirmed it would back the project at Kettilstoun Mains with £312,000, which was welcomed by Linlithgow Community Development Trust.

The Trust hope to build the 1km circuit which they have said will cost around £650,000.

The council executive also instructed officers to commence work on lease for the land at Kettilstoun Mains to the LCDT which will enable the Trust to move forward with attracting other external funding for their project.

Fraser Falconer, chairperson of Linlithgow Community Development Trust (LCDT), said: “We welcome the news that West Lothian Council has agreed to take forward the negotiation process for the lease for the Kettilstoun Mains site.

This means the land can be transferred for the cycle track project.  

“This will create momentum in our fundraising as it is almost 50 per cent of the funds we require for the first phase of the project.

“These two steps are significant progress.”

Council leader John McGinty said: “The council has agreed to enable funding of £312,000 to be switched in the capital programme.

“By agreeing to progress the lease and the funding it provides the opportunity for external funding to be sought to make an exciting project a reality for Linlithgow and West Lothian.”