Despite the mystery surrounding ownership of St Michael’s Path - also known locally as ‘the Peel path’, work on a complete resurfacing is expected to start early in the new year.
Linlithgow Provost Tom Kerr has been carrying out investigations over several months in an attempt to locate the owners of the path so that repairs could be discussed with them.
The pedestrian access route which connects Blackness Road to the Peel is in such a state of disrepair that West Lothian Council has been inundated with complaints over its condition.
Checks made with Historic Scotland, West Lothian Council and St Michael’s Parish Church revealed that they had no knowledge of who the legal owners were.
Further checks show the path, which has a history going back hundreds of years, is actually a right of way.
Despite the fact that no owners can be found, funding is being put in place to carry out resurfacing work in order to make it safe for the many pedestrians who use it.