Busy year ahead for Linlithgow Community Development Trust

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The first half of 2016 is going to be busy for the Linlithgow Community Development Trust.

The dream of there being a Kettilstoun community hub edges closer as the CDT works hard to ensure it becomes a reality.

The group finished 2015 strongly, announcing at its final meeting of the year it now had a strong membership of over 440 people.

Frances Wood, communications officer for the trust, said: “We will be continuing the drive for membership in the new year, as the more people we have on board the stronger the case we can make to funders for support for our project.

“We also need a strong membership base for the fundraising which we will be doing in the coming year.”

The main item of business discussed at the final meeting was the trust received the final business plan for Kettilstoun from PMR Leisure, the consultants on the ambitious project.

Frances said: “Directors were delighted with the plan which represent the culmination of much hard work over the past years and gets us to the point of making formal proposals for the delivery of our project.”

The CDT has also made a formal submission to West Lothian Council for asset transfer of the land at Kettilstoun to the group.

Frances said: “The submission is supported by the business plan and we will be pushing on with the formal process in the early months of the new year.”

Also submitted was an application to the Land Trust, an environmental body, for some funding for the first phase of the planned development which involves the provision of a cycle and athletics track, a skateboard park and other outdoor facilities.

The group is hopeful of a reply from the council by Easter.