Community property investment given green light for West Lothian

West Lothian Council is set to invest £86m over the next financial year on assets, such as buildings and roads, to support the delivery of essential services.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 4:50 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 5:03 pm
Communities across West Lothian will benefit from the funding package

This comes after the council approved an updated Asset Management Strategy and General Services Capital Programme for 2021/22 to 2027/28.

Over £68m will be spent on improving the council’s properties next year with a significant percentage spent on local facilities such as partnership centres, community centres and specialist facilities for vulnerable people.

There will be significant investment in older people residential care facilities with an extensive planned improvement programme of works.

The programme includes a wide variety of projects including a £3m complex care development in Pumpherston, and the new partnership centres for Whitburn and Livingston North.

Hundreds of other individual projects including a new pavilion at Watson Park, Armadale and investment at Winchburgh Community Centre.

Council leader Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: “The capital programme we’ve approved is huge and impacts positively on all communities.

"Improving local facilities is very important to us but these facilities ultimately deliver services that people rely upon.

"They help to improve the lives of so many people and that is the most important aspect of this investment.”

Meanwhile, £16m will be spent on planned improvements within schools over the next seven years.

This includes a large number of individual projects across West Lothian’s 65 primary and 11 secondary schools.

Over £2.1m will be invested within secondary schools to undertake a variety of upgrade and replacement projects such as air conditioning, external lighting, mechanical and electrical services, and heating.

Executive councillor for Education, David Dodds, said: “Our school estate is one of the best in the country and that doesn’t happen without a programme of continual improvement.

"It’s vitally important our young people have the best standard of schools and that’s why we invest so much in the fabric of our buildings.”