A MULTI-MILLION pound sports development is to be created in Linlithgow – thanks to the town’s Development Trust.
An 18-acre site, located to the western end of the town at Kettilstoun, will be redeveloped with help from land owners, West Lothian Council.
It will bring purpose-built, world-class sporting facilities together in a single location.
The plot of land was formerly rented to a local farmer for grazing but is now subject to an application for asset transfer from the council to the trust.
A special presentation on the Kettilstoun project will be delivered at Linlithgow Development Trust’s second annual general meeting on Saturday, March 15, at 2pm in Queen Margaret Hall.
Locals are entitled to free trust membership.
Board members have urged anyone who would like a vote, and a say in the redevelopment plan, to join them at the meeting.
The trust aims to tackle local issues and improve the quality of life in Linlithgow.
It can be involved in projects as diverse as running a local rural shop and post office, developing play park and recreational facilities or tourism and environmental projects.
The Linlithgow group sought the assistance of The Scottish Development Trust Association to help narrow down a range of potential projects to a short leet of three.
From this, the Kettilstoun project was chosen as being the one with the highest likelihood of being brought to fruition.
The project has a four-phase plan and the trust is now at phase two, the pre-planning stage.
Early project plans will initially be drawn up and submitted to West Lothian Council for appproval.
Once these have been agreed, full planning consent will be sought.
This will include detailed drawings covering the all-weather, full-size floodlit football pitch, a second football pitch, hockey pitch, running track and cycle track.
Plans for changing facilities, toilets, showers and meeting rooms, a new road junction and car parking, with access to the canal network, will also be submitted.
The trust believes work could start as early as the autumn of this year.
Those looking to join the group can do so online at www.trust-linlithgow.org.uk