THE FIRST transport depot has become a boarded up ‘eyesore’ since bus drivers moved out earlier this month.
The prime High Street location has come under attack after boards went up weeks before a Chanel fashion show is staged at the Palace, inviting worldwide media attention to the town.
Ron Smith, chairman of Linlithgow’s Burgh Beautiful group, wrote to First Bus saying: “We are very much dismayed to see that all the ground-floor windows facing the High Street have once again been boarded up, plus the upper floor windows are filthy.
“(On December 4), the world’s press will descend upon the town, and no doubt the depot front buildings will feature as an eyesore in the background of TV or press pictures. People and businesses in Linlithgow earnestly hope that the town will be seen in a good light.”
The group also appealed to West Lothian Council planners, who this week brokered a deal with First Bus.
A council spokesperson said: “Officers are working with First Group to ensure that, in the first instance, the shuttering is removed for the fashion event on December 4. Looking further ahead, the council recognises the need for the building to be secured while it is vacant, and is working with the First Group on a more acceptable way of achieving this.”
From Monday, Linlithgow Academy pupils will exhibit their own fashion designs to rival those of Chanel in the windows.