Calls for U-turn in Linlithgow access wrangle

Proposed build area behind Avalon Gardens
Proposed build area behind Avalon Gardens

A row has broken out over plans to form an access route to a new housing development through a residential street.

The application for 15 homes on a greenfield site off Mill Road, Linlithgow Bridge, has attracted moree than 50 objections against the proposal.

West Lothian Council plan to access the site via the existing Avalon Gardens entrance and then via a cul-de-sac.

The objections centre on concerns that schoolchildren use Avalon Gardens as a walking route to school and that extra traffic will cause significant safety 
concerns plus loss of amenity to the residents while building work is being undertaken.

Residents have complained that, despite trying to engage with the council, they have had little success, to the point of being given a mere three days in which to make representations.

Dermot Murray, a spokesman for the residents, said: “We are fed up being ignored. There is no good reason we can see why the council do not access this new development off Mill Road itself by creating a new access point.

‘‘They’ve already told us this is the preferred access point for construction traffic but, once the build is complete, residential traffic will then be directed into the new homes via Avalon gardens.

“We’re not against the 
development, in fact quite the opposite, we support it because there’s no doubt Linlithgow needs more affordable housing so these seven houses and eight flats will be very 
welcome but the council 
simply has to take local objections into account.”

A council spokesman said: “The people who have been contacted by letter have already made representations. They were not being asked to make further representations but only to let us know if they wanted to address the committee on the basis of the objection they’ve already submitted.’’

In a surprise move, the 
application report was withdrawn from Wednesday’s
agenda. No timetable has beenset for it to make an appearance for debate.