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From March 11, 2011

Sir,– I am writing to you with regard to the new pavement between Chapel Gate Cottage and Barnbougle Cottage at Dalmeny. I assume this is going to be a pavement/cycle path? Did it really have to be that big and I wonder how much it cost?

Am I the only one to think this is an accident waiting to happen at Chapel Gate especially when the tour buses descend on South Queensferry shortly!–Yours etc.,


Echline View,

South Queensferry

Petrol plea

Sir,– Across West Lothian and Falkirk district taxi drivers, hauliers and ordinary households are struggling with the high cost of fuel. I was therefore astonished to hear last week that Labour failed to support moves in the Scottish Parliament for fairer fuel prices.

Scotland is an energy rich country, and there is absolutely no reason why we should pay more for our fuel than anywhere else in the world, particularly when it is produced on our doorstep.–Yours etc.,


SNP Candidate for Falkirk East


Sir,– I should like to support the idea in last week’s letter from Aisling Vorster that the Rivaldsgreen Centre should be repaired or rebuilt as a Community Centre for Linlithgow. Every other town and village in West Lothian has its Community Centre, why not us? West Lothian may say that Springfield Primary School has a Community Wing but that is only sufficient provision for the Springfield area and does not serve the rest of the town.

If the Rivaldsgreen Centre became the town Community Centre, it would provide a much needed facility. The Preston Playgroup could continue to meet and the other groups, which have been scattered around the town since the closure of the Low Port Hut, could come together again. The Low Port Centre began as a Community and Outdoor Education Centre. It then became an Outdoor Education Centre only and community groups moved to the altered Low Port Hut. Some charitable groups still held their meetings in the Low Port Centre free of charge. The Hut is now closed and all groups must pay to meet in the Centre whether or not they have an income. Charges at the Burgh Halls are beyond community groups.

The Preston Playgroup has spent a lot of money on its outdoor play area which is essential for young children, especially in the summer months. So let’s get behind the playgroup and lobby West Lothian to repair the Rivaldsgreen building for us all to use when it is not in use by the playgroup.–Yours etc.,


Manuel Stables


Fair funds

Sir,– May I add to last week’s letter from the Fair Chairman, regarding factual aspects of the Fair budget. This letter did not mention that the Fair receives a very considerable proportion of its income through fund raising. Many of these fund raisers; over 30’s football, Burns supper and the Jean Armour night to mention but a few, also provide a social outlet for many of the town’s folk. The appeals week is another big cash generator, March 20-26, this year. It is from these streams of fund raising, that the Fair Committee can afford to maintain the Fair at its present high standard. A standard that hopefully helps the town to enjoy their day.

People in the district should be informed that the Bo’ness Fair Day is the biggest community event in Falkirk District, it is also the biggest children’s event in Britain, if not Europe, and much of its funding comes from the people of Bo’ness. A fact that Bo’nessians should be proud of. –Yours etc.,


Kinneil Drive


Well done

Sir,– I would like to say a big thank you to pupils from primary 4 to primary 7, the headmistress and all staff involved in their World War 2 concert. It was a wonderful evening and enjoyed by all who attended.

Well done Deanburn School - can we have more shows please?–Yours etc.,



Marathon man

Sir,– I will be running in this year’s Virgin London Marathon on Sunday April 17 for The Children’s Trust, a national charity which provides specialist therapy, care and education for some of the UK’s most severely disabled children and young people.

I would like to extend a special invitation to runners, who have secured a place in the marathon but have yet to decide on a worthy cause to support, to join me and be part of the Trust’s team.

Running with a team has lots of benefits, including training and support.

To find out more, including information on opportunities in other UK and overseas running events please visit: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/londonmarathon, or telephone: 01737 365018.–Yours etc.,