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From our issue of February 17, 2012

Positive news

Sir,– The proposed development at Burghmuir will provide a massive benefit to Linlithgow, and while people may have issues with elements of the package, overall this well-thought out proposal will have a positive impact on the town.

It is bizarre that some of the town centre traders are complaining when it is ultimately they that will benefit considerably from more people in the town as well as more visitors provided by the hotel. The fact that there is so much retail leakage is simply because there is not the current availability and choice of goods on offer, and hence the supermarket is a good option.

I am delighted, in these cash constrained times, to see the slips onto the M9 being delivered, at long last, and a new health centre, which the town has been crying out for for decades, as well as community facilities. If not now, when will we ever see these things happen?

As a town we cannot afford to be stuck in the past, with an ageing population and our young people forced to leave to work elsewhere. This is an opportunity not only for this, but for future generations, and we have a simple choice - a vibrant, thriving town through these proposals, or one whose main export is its young, leaving an ageing population.–Yours etc.,

ALISON LINTON

Rockville Grove,

Linlithgow.

Poor impact

Sir,– This proposal will change the face of Linlithgow in a negative and irreversible way. I am not against sensible development or change, but this is too much, too quickly and too one sided. It is all in the developers favour in as much as what might look good on paper is in reality a living hell.–Yours etc.,

WILL AND ELIZABETH CARMICHAEL

by e-mail.

Wrong plans

Sir,– Linlithgow Civic Trust believes that many much needed improvements could be funded in the town through harnessing the right kind of development in the right place. The Wallace Land proposal at Burghmuir is the wrong kind of development in the wrong place and would result in very little funding through planning gain for the town.

Their press release promises 500 permanent jobs and up to 1,000 more in the adjacent site allocated for business. We believe that the 500 jobs would largely be transferred from the town centre, leaving behind empty shops, while the 1000 jobs are entirely speculative. Wallace Land has no rights to this land or plans for it.

The press release says that by 2019 town centre traders will have benefited by £5.7m. Again, this is purely speculation. The High Street is already struggling. Sainsbury’s already has planning permission to expand which they have not taken up. The last thing the town centre needs is a big new supermarket on its edge. This kind of development could even see Tesco closing. We may also lose the walkable health centre if their plans are accepted.

Wallace Land say that the development will provide community facilities, yet we already have a number of currently vacant major sites in the town centre, such as Clarendon House and Victoria Hall which could provide these.

This proposal would hijack the town centre, increase traffic along Blackness Road, increase parking problems at the station and in the town in general, makes no additional school provision when the town is already hard pressed, while providing nothing to ease the town’s problems.

Linlithgow Civic Trust objects to this application and urges residents to put their objections in writing to West Lothian Council.–Yours etc.,

ALEX ADAMSON

Planning Spokesperson,

Linlithgow Civic Trust.

Thank you

Sir,–Three weeks ago I slipped on the ice on the cobble stones near the Star and Garter in Linlithgow and broke my leg. I should like to thank those exceptionally kind people who phoned for an ambulance, covered me with a coat, made my head comfortable and even read to me from the Metro to keep me amused! With their fantastic help, a very painful situation was made much more bearable.

Unfortunately I won’t recognise any of them, as my view on the ground was horizontal and somewhat limited! - but if any of them see me again I’d be very grateful if they could say hello so that I can thank them in person.–Yours etc.,

Name and address supplied

Fundraising

Sir,–Regarding the article ‘Trio raises nearly £4K’ (page 10, February 10), many thanks for your publicity for the fantastic charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

I would like this opportunity to clarify the recent local fundraising efforts for JDRF. In November 2011 the children, families and friends of Springfield School raised the wonderful sum of £2504, as reported. This money was added to money raised by the family and friends of Catriona McKellar (a Springfield pupil who has Type 1 diabetes), from a sale, a raffle supported by local businesses and a jewellery party, making the total raised in excess of £4,000. Add to this Joscelin Harden’s fundraising party and the money raised by Low Port Primary and almost £5,000 has been raised in the last three months, here in Linlithgow.

This is fantastic and we are very grateful for the generous response to these events. JDRF is at the forefront of funding research into a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

To learn more about its vital work, fellow readers can look up www.idrf.org.uk.–Yours etc.,

HAZEL MCKELLAR

CATRIONA’S MUM!

Bellsburn Avenue,

Linlithgow.