Kettilstoun hub plan goes live as phase one costs are set at £960k

Gill Fawcitt
Gill Fawcitt

The bid to launch an ambitious community sports hub in Kettilstoun has come a significant step closer to fruition with a formal planning application.

Now Lintlithgow Community Development Trust will be striving to win crucial backing for the scheme from bodies including sportscotland and the Land Trust.

But on top of that the Trust will need to raise at least £134,000 from direct fundraising.

LCDT spokeswoman Frances Wood said: “This will be the focus of enormous effort over the coming months – and we kick off with a quiz night at Linlithgow Golf Club on February 26, when 18 teams will compete.”

The project’s first phase of the plan has projected costs of around £969,000 for its 1k closed loop cycle track, athletics facility and skate park.

And although the scheme has been maturing for several years there will be an opportunity for local people to find out more, and ask relevant questions, at a special full-day consultation event to be staged at the Low Port Centre on Saturday, March 5, from 10am till 4.30pm.

Frances Wood said: “Although phase 1 is all about sports, our phase 2 plans include proposals for a community hub building which will be home to a full range of groups including - we hope - Linlithgow Young People’s Project, and a location for a community cafe.

“We have big ambitions, but a large task on our hands.”

She added: “We will be posting details regularly of events on our Facebook site and website and hope to engage a wide range of people in the town who stand to benefit from the fantastic facilities we are planning.”

LCDT chairwoman Gill Fawcett, who is stepping down from the post in April, said: “We will be making numerous applications for funding and if we can say that we have ten per cent of the population or more as members – and supporting us – then that will be an enormous help.”

The wide-ranging project aims to provide local people with a multi-user community sports hub building, possibly a cafe, office space, meeting and training rooms and other ancillary facilities – which could also include storage space for kayaks.

Major assets will centre on the planned 1600-metre long multi-loop closed road cycling and running track and a field athletics area.

B ut it is being stressed that the Hub building in particular is still very much open to consultation with potential users and Linlithgow residents.

The Trust says it’s vital for local people to provide their input into what their community facility should include – and urges everyone with an interest to contribute.