Regular LBA’s management meeting on Monday 19 December

As usual we discussed a range of topics affecting business in the Town:

Report from Mike Vickers and Cllr David Tait on attendance at a meeting in Glasgow of the Electoral Reform Group, aimed at getting better grass-roots local democracy.

  • Updates from Councillor Tait on the activities of the Linlithgow High street BID and the Mill Road BID.
  • Green algae on the loch has been causing concern. Noted there is a new group set up to investigate and monitor.
  • Historic Environment Scotland Group was discussed. The group exists to foster the relationship between the owners/operators of Linlithgow Palace and the wider community. Liaison ongoing.
  • Feedback on the latest discussions within the Community Council including  further discussion on Edinburgh airport flight paths and air quality issues on High Street. Suggestions for reducing pollution on High Street were welcomed.
  • Updates from Anne Daly on the latest tourism initiatives. Still no tourism officer at West Lothian Council but tourism businesses are working well with Visit Scotland and Scottish Enterprise. International tourists visiting Scotland to see ‘Outlander’ locations are bringing benefits to many areas – Linlithgow can make more of this.  Opportunities exist.
  • Update from Councillor Tait on the latest meeting of the Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Town Management Group.
  • Discussion on the current activities of the Linlithgow Community Development Trust. Some praise for the efforts of Clarion Cycle club, but limited progress to report on delivering the proposed cycle track behind the leisure centre.
  • Linlithgow Planning Forum discussed. Major development proposed for the town at Wilcoxholm farm is at pre-application stage. Discussed the trend in the town for care homes and hotels that were originally built as grand houses now reverting back to domestic use.  Generated further discussion about the redevelopment of the former bus depot and how long it might be before the frontage facing The Cross might be complete.
  • Discussion about the Victoria Hall. The Victoria Hall Trust is still actively pursuing purchase of the site for use as a community-owned facility, but held back for the time being waiting for the relevant legislation to be formally adopted.
  • Discussed the potential for LBA to recruit an admin assistant. Noted that the Royal Mile Business Association has recently been advertising a similar post.
  • Upcoming LBA events: Date and venue in the New Year to be confirmed. Keep up with us on the LBA Events page; www.linlithgowbusiness.org.uk
  • The next LBA management meeting is Thursday 26 January 2017.  LBA members are invited to attend.

Jon Newey Chair