New role proposed for County Buildings

180912 County buildings, linlithgow.
180912 County buildings, linlithgow.

OVER £140,000 will be invested into Linlithgow’s County Buildings to transform them into a new ‘one stop shop’.

Plans for Linlithgow Partnership Centre were given the green light by West Lothian Council on Tuesday.

The building will include a relocated Linlithgow Library from the Vennel and new 
offices for Lothian and Borders community police and response officers.

The redecorated reception area will be transformed to cover all customer enquiries for the CIS, library and 
police, and new meeting spaces will be created for community groups.

The Local History Library, currently in the reception area, will be moved into the Dalyell Suite, with dedicated research space, and quiet 
areas for study and museum displays.

The public toilet will also be upgraded and a new lift installed.

Council leader John McGinty said: “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.

‘‘We are keen to work with the community to create a facility that harnesses civic pride.”

Dave King, executive councillor for culture and leisure, added: “There is scope to maximise the space better inside the building and open it up to the public.

‘‘The building is currently under-used and there is very little public access to the majority of the building. Redevelopment will ensure the building is multi-functional, modern and fit for purpose.”

Detailed plans will be on display from November 19 in the reception area of the County Buildings, the library and the police station, and anyone can leave comments.

Public consultation will take place on Thursday, November 22, at Linlithgow Library, from 6.30-8pm. Comments can be emailed to linlithgowpartnership