the County Buildings in Linlithgow are set to get a 2013 makeover after positive feedback on plans.
If proposals are given the green light, the historic centrepiece will become the Linlithgow Partnership Centre, and will include the public library on the ground level, a reception area for Lothian and Borders Police with offices for staff, new meeting space, relocation of the local history library into the Dalyell Suite with research and study areas, and museum displays. The new reception area would also handle all CIS, library and customer inquiries. The public toilets would also be upgraded and a new public lift installed.
After constructive feedback over the last few months, minor revisions were made and West Lothian Council will now submit detailed plans for listed building consent, planning permission and building warrants for the new partnership centre.
This week, the council executive agreed to create a project board and a separate user group to oversee the work.
Council leader John McGinty thanked everyone who took part in the consultation process, adding: “The building is currently under-used and there is very little public access to the majority of the building. We believe that the opportunity to reinvigorate the building whilst delivering a modern service in Linlithgow will enhance the town centre and act as a hub for local residents and groups.”