Victoria Hall plans up for inspection

090713  Victoria halls, linlithgow.
090713 Victoria halls, linlithgow.

Plans for the Victoria Hall transformation on Linlithgow High Street will be publicly displayed on October 5.

The project is being spearheaded by the recently formed Linlithgow Victoria Hall Trust which will put the initial 
designs from local architects 
EK:JN for a two-storey community theatre and cinema 
to the public next week.

Trust member Ron Smith said: “The plans going on show indicate a community theatre/cinema above a flexible space for all sorts of community uses. It would be entered via a pend from the High Street, part of a new pedestrian link to the Peel, lined by small 
studios and outlets for local food produce.

‘‘Shop units with flats above would provide the rental income to help secure the long-term future of the ‘community’ elements of the scheme.”

The Trust is now looking for £15,000 in start up costs, including a feasibility study into the plans, which after agreement with owners, the Cortellessa family, will 
catapult a major fundraising drive. David Tait of the Trust added: “We are now fulfilling our promise to consult the community on how the site might best be developed and would like local folk to participate from the start.

“There are three ways to get involved–firstly we want views on the plans; secondly, please join the Trust, and thirdly, please make a donation towards the substantial cost of the project’s feasibility study which is the next stage.”

The plans have been 
supported in principle by 
Linlithgow Civic Trust and the Linlithgow Community Development Trust, and go on show in the Burgh Halls on October 5, from 10am-2pm.