Mosaic will be centrepiece of Linlithgow improvements

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THOUSANDS of pounds will go towards improving the look of Linlithgow this year.

At a meeting of the Town Management Group last week, a project to create a pavement mosaic, portraying both sides of the ancient burgh seal of Linlithgow (St Michael and the Black Bitch) outside the entrance to the County Buildings was approved.

The 2013/14 project has been estimated to cost £3500, with £1750 granted by West Lothian Council, £500 from Burgh Beautiful, and £1250 agreed by the TMG.

There are also plans to improve Station Road by upgrading the pedestrian/cycle link from the railway station to the Canal basin, replacing rusty fences with bollards, tidying the railway underpass and adding signage to point to the canal basin and the towpath cycle route.

The project planned for the summer costs £2000 and will be met by Network Rail, Sustrans and the TMG.

The town group also agreed to fund additional March stones for the boundaries of Linlithgow.

The stones would be placed on the route of the Marches, so the whole community can take part in the traditional annual inspection. The projected cost for 10 stones has been estimated at £5000.

The sum of £1300 was also granted by the TMG for replanting at Mill Road crossroads in Linlithgow Bridge.

The £2000 project will also be funded by Burgh Beautiful to the tune of £700 to enhance first impressions of the town for visitors arriving from the west by upgrading the floral displays at all four crossroad corners.