Whitecross residents decide future

Whitecross Open Day
Whitecross Open Day
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Around 200 Whitecross residents had their say in the future of their village last Sunday.

The local community action group unveiled the results of its recent household survey into what locals want to change to make the area a better place to live, work and visit at the Coalfields Community Futures Open Day.

Key suggestions included bringing the community centre back into action, addressing the appearance of the village, improving play areas, and developing local paths to allow better access to the Union Canal and Linlithgow.

Mandy Lang, chairwoman of the Whitecross Community Action Group, said: “There was a fantastic turnout at the Open Day, and I was delighted to see so many people taking such interest in the survey findings. The Steering Group will pull together the survey conclusions and comments from the Open Day to form the basis of our five-year Community Action Plan.

“We are also inviting organisations to come forward with proposals and bid for a share of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s £25,000 participatory budget by mid-January.”

Locals surveyed also wanted better transport to health services, and improved public transport to nearby towns.

Whitecross is one of five former mining communities that the Coalfields Regeneration Trust selected to take part in its Coalfields Community Futures programme, with its a £25,000 participatory budget to create a five-year action plan.