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kirknewton awarded £60,000 land fund grant

K irknewton is look ing to take control of its own future and has become the first in the area to receive a Scottish Land Fund award. K irknewton Community Development Trust received £60,000 to purchase 0.31 hectares of land at Camps Junction, Kirknewton, West Lothian. Ownership of the land will enable the community to develop the site to provide new, low-energy, affordable houses which will be made available for local older people to rent. Following a survey of older people’s housing needs in June 2014, it was found that many people in Kirknewton were unable to access amenity or social housing thereby increasing the likelihood that they would have to move out of the area or remain in homes that were too big for them in later years. Stressing the importance of today’s Scottish Land Fund award, Stewart McKenna from Kirknewton Community Development Trust, said: “We have ambitious plans to build genuinely sustainable houses each with annual energy bills lower than the current £200 winter fuel allowance. Buying this small plot of land is the first step towards achieving that goal and we are honoured by the confidence accorded to us by this generous award from the Scottish Land Fund.” If you wish to contribute time, expertise or funding to the project please contact CEO Tony Foster at, Tel: 01506 883 988

Minister for Land Reform, Aileen McLeod, said: “It is great news that the latest round of awards from the Scottish Land Fund will help seven communities in Aberdeenshire, Highlands, North Ayrshire and West Lothian bring land into community ownership. It is particularly pleasing to see the first award being made in West Lothian, where the community have developed plans to develop the site to provide new energy-efficient amenity homes for the elderly. Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, John Watt, added: “I am delighted that the Scottish Land Fund has been able to make its first award in West Lothian for a social housing project that will bring huge benefits to Kirknewton’s older residents. While the Scottish Land Fund is perhaps best known for some of the huge community buy-outs, much of its work assists communities to buy small plots just like this one. By purchasing this land now, the people of Kirknewton are securing the future of its most elderly residents.”

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Kirknewton News is a community newspaper, witten by and for local people in Kirknewton. It is produced by Kirknewton Community Development Trust (KCDT), supported by the Big Lottery Scotland. Opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the KCDT. If you would like to get involved with the Kirknewton News, please get in touch at WANT TO CONTRIBUTE? Submit articles or letters to the Editor at: or to the Kirknewton Green Room, 12 Main Street, Kirknewton, EH27 8AH. Alternatively call 01506 883 988. WANT TO SPONSOR? To sponsor, email: or call 01506 883 988 KCDT is registered with the office of the Scottish Regulator No SC037895

CONTENTS News ...........................................3 Meet the Directors...................4 Planning .....................................8 Development Plan .................. 10 Skills Survey ........................... 16

WELCOME TO THE SECOND KIRKNEWTON NEWS – back by popular demand. Thank you for all your positive comments after the first issue. I hope you find this second issue as informative. In this issue we focus on the work of the Kirknewton Community Development Trust. We introduce you to the Directors who volunteer on your behalf. We share a recent external report about the Trust that was produced for the Big Lottery Scotland. We print the action plans for Kirknewton over the next five years, that is based on your comments during the Kirknewton Community Consultation. We also encourage you to join the Trust, which is free and open to everyone who lives in Kirknewton over 18 (application form on the back page). Most importantly we ask you fill out the Kirknewton Volunteer and Skills Survey 2015, either on the form in the middle of this newsletter or online before the end of November. The Community Consultation, Development Plan and volunteers are the important ingredients that make Kirknewton great. Hopefully the Trust has oiled the wheels a little over the last ten years or so, but volunteers new and old make things happen. It’s not an easy task, but generally a fulfilling one for everyone who gets involved. Of course by now I had hoped the turning turbines of Fauch Hill would provide the financial sustainability for the Trust to continue and deliver on more major projects and activities for young people, business and groups across the community. However, with the rejection of the wind farm scheme by the Scottish Government, once our Big Lottery funding ends in July 2016 our ability to maintain our staff support will end. I hope you will support our efforts to look for alternative funding, fundraising activity such as the fireworks and Christmas Family BBQ and call out for volunteers so we can continue to ‘punch above our weight’. Thanks go to our sponsors and particularly Hannah Bardell MP, Carl John and Dave King for their support for this issue. I hope you enjoy reading it. Thanks,

Tony Foster

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Elected Representatives...............28


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gala and village hall coMMittees also Merge with trust after vote An external health check by the Big Lottery has given the Kirknewton Community Development Trust a clean bill of health! The health check for Kirknewton Community Development Trust has shown this to be a thriving organisation with a bright future. Each of the elements of the business reviewed for the health check show a very strong level of capacity and capability. The services provided and activities delivered are exactly fitted to demand, which is accurately benchmarked and measured through an intense level of community engagement. The number of activities and their diversity are a testament to the imagination and creativity of the professional team, who have devised many ways of delivering on community need and customer demand. The fact that activities have been funded from a variety of sources and often delivered in partnership demonstrates a real commitment and ingenuity. Funders’ targets have been met very effectively The organisation does not duplicate what others do, ensuring value for funders and partners. In fact, its effective partnership working means that two other organisations in the village have collaborated to the point of becoming part of the Trust, unanimously merging bank accounts and working as one organisation with active working groups. The organisation structure is fit for purpose. It is a lean and

efficient operation, with a hardworking and committed staff team that works collaboratively and fully using everyone’s skills and expertise. There is a strong governance function. An excellent combination of skills, experience and commitment from the Directors mean that the organisation is well placed for future growth. Meet the directors of the trust on page 4. The Trust is in an unusually strong financial position, holding a high level of reserves, which it is committed to retaining to catalyse investment and long term sustainability. This creates some challenges for sourcing grant funding for operations, which it will continue to pursue. However, very creative ideas for investment are also being followed. Financial procedures are currently under review with a new accounting package put into place. During the health check interviews, the Directors and staff had no trouble identifying the organisation’s strengths. Indeed, these strengths were apparent in the documents reviewed and the conversations held over the course of the day. They are perhaps best articulated in their own words: “This was a community heavily reliant on the armed forces. The army built poor quality housing and then left behind a deflated community, with houses sold off cheaply and no community facilities. However, a new vibrant community has emerged and the Development Trust has

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been part of that process.” “As a group we are ambitious about what we want for the community, for example, helping to secure a pharmacy in the village. You can feel the difference, community spirit is the number one reason. Five years ago it was all about the location, now it’s all about the community. Stewart McKenna, Chair, described KCDT as an “anchor institution” in its local community. According to the Work Foundation: “Anchor institutions do not have a democratic mandate and their primary missions do not involve regeneration or local economic development. Nonetheless, their scale, local rootedness and community links are such that they are acknowledged to play a key role in local development and economic growth. They perform this role through their day-today tasks and activities, but also by acting more strategically, individually or – better still – collectively.” (Source: Work Foundation, January 2010) It is unusual for a small community organisation to achieve the status of an anchor institution. This is a title that is normally accorded to major organisations in cities or regional economies, often large corporate employers. However, KCDT certainly does perform as an anchor institution in Kirknewton and this is a testament to its success.

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Meet the directors of the kcdt Stewart McKenna – Chair of the Trust Stewart McKenna is a graduate Pharmacist and has started and owned a number of businesses in Scotland. He has a passion for genuine sustainable development and a specialist knowledge in wood-fired heating systems. He built his own house in Kirknewton and is happily married with two grown-up children. His main hobby is sailing and DIY. Martin Hall – Vice Chair of the Trust Martin is Managing Director of Davidson & Robertson Rural, Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents and employs 33 people across Scotland and the North of England. Martin oversees the Utility, Infrastructure and CPO Team, undertakes complex and specialist negotiations, as well as providing Renewable Energy and Planning & Development advice throughout central and southern Scotland. Neil Greer – Treasurer of the Trust Neil is a Chartered Certified Accountant with experience in a variety of industries and roles covering both the private and public sectors. After progressing up the corporate ladder to Finance Director level for a furniture manufacturing company, he embarked on an independent career undertaking a diverse array of projects ranging from operational investigations, systems implementations/trouble-shooting and the development of complex financial modelling tools; for the last 10 years Neil has been mainly involved with projects in the Social Housing and regeneration sector. On a personal level Neil is married with two children and has always been an active volunteer in his community; apart from the usual “Honorary Treasurer” roles that are always offered to accountants he is Club Captain of a local cycling club and rides all year round. “The Great Outdoors” feature largely in his interests as does dabbling in a variety of musical instruments. Hugh Hunter Gordon – Secretary of the Trust Hugh Hunter Gordon is a former industrialist and managing director and Chair of the Community Council. Kenny Birch Kenny is a retired Consulting Engineer, and has worked on the design and construction of a wide variety of buildings. Recently assisted in the building of The Green Room. Has lived in Kirknewton since 1978, originally in the Main Street in a house he renovated from a ruin, and now at Milrig. He is converting the original smallholding buildings into four PASSIV ECO houses for his family. Interests include anything needing invented, made, built, repaired, improved or demolished-not always in that order, and motorcycles, sidecars, old cars, and machinery. Likes recycling, waste avoidance, doing for a £1 what anyone could do for £5.

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Meet the directors of the kcdt Vic Garrad Vic has been involved with the Trust for a number of years and is Planning Officer for the Kirknewton Community Council. He is a former construction manager. Pat Hastings Pat Hastings brings a wealth of experience to the Trust, a good communicator, innovator and researcher having worked in the IT and Publishing Sectors providing Sales and Marketing, Sponsorship and Event Management to Corporate Scotland achieving targets, increasing revenue. Pat has been a volunteer for over 30 years working with Children’s Panels, Community Councils and an active mentor with the Prince’s Trust. Dan Shearer Dan has been involved with the Trust for a number of years and is an open source IT specialist.

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fencing to Be reMoved David Boyce of Network Rail has confirmed in writing the dismantling and relocation of the incorrectly sited fence to the railway boundary line with the panels for this section being replaced with green powder coated panels. They will shortly be progressing with these works and they will let us know more details prior to the work starting. This followed three applications under Freedom of Information rules that Stewart McKenna requested: Two to Network Rail and One to British Transport Police. The nature of the enquiry had been to elucidate the exact date, time and geographical location of the incidents that were alleged by Network Rail to be the stimulus for the replacement of the fence from Camps Junction East for some 400 metres eastwards. Sadly neither Network Rail or British Transport Police have been able to provide or find any information that relates to this particular stretch of track. For over a year Kirknewton has had no answer to the query regarding the fence line being erected outwith land owned or controlled by Network Rail since October 2014. Kirknewton Community

Council is now in the process of acquiring the land known as “Camps Junction East” and we are concerned that the land as surveyed and valued by West Lothian Council is now a smaller plot due to the incursion of the new fence. For the avoidance of legal and contractual complexity Kirknewton stressed we would be grateful if Network Rail would confirm or otherwise that the new fence line is located on land owned or controlled by Network Rail and that no land-take will occur.

new Park & ride Planned for kirknewton station There is a planning application in to build a park and ride at Kirknewton Station, being funded by Sterling developments at Calderwood in East Calder, to help ease potential traffic on A71. A letter was sent to Mr Irving at West Lothian Council from Vic Garrad, Planning Officer, Kirknewton Community Council. The council were very pleased that there is movement with regard to this important development, but noted a number of concerns to Mr Irving. 1. About the lack of communication between Network Rail and WLC/ Sterling Devts over the proposed pedestrian path back to the Village on the north side of the track and the Park and Ride layout

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2. About the proposed dedicated pedestrian and cyclist route from East Calder to the Station as shown on the approved MasterPlan drawings and 3. The lighting arrangements for the Park and Ride within the context of the Dark Skies proposals. 4. The question of access to the Station Yard from the South, and immediate right turn after the level-crossing, which creates the potential for backed-up traffic to block the level-crossing, 5. The need for a mini-round-about at the point where Station Road and the B7031 meet, both to make entry to and exit from the B7031 safer for all users, but also to provide a possible turn-around mechanism for entry to the Station Yard for those wanting to access it from the South. cont. p7

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7 In addition to this the Community Council have been sent other supporting concerns : 6. Still no Pedestrian Bridge! 7. Lots of concern with motorists presently having to cross the level crossing from Kirknewton village and attempting a right turn into the existing car park. This is an existing clear and present danger which has to be negotiated every day for some. The problem being when the crossing barriers are shut then opened to let the queue of traffic through, those who wish to turn right into the existing car park cannot do so unless an oncoming vehicle from an equally long queue stops and indicates it is willing to give way to let the other vehicle turn right. This prevents the queue from moving and halts some of the vehicles on the railway lines of the crossing. As one correspondent alerts ‘The right turn is hazardous now with a small number of spaces with 50 to 300 spaces it will become a nightmare ! Vehicles coming from the other direction will also compound the hazard as well’. 8. At the T junction intersection of the B7301 to Stonyrigg cottage, just past the War memorial, there is an especially wide perilous road for pedestrians to cross, unprotected by a Zebra crossing, or a centre pedestrian safe island. These matters should be made safe and urgently considered now along with a roundabout here to do away with a right turn at the

level crossing into the car park, which possibly would necessitate South commuter traffic being barred from turning right at the crossing but having to come down to and around the roundabout back up to the Railway Station car park. The whole area is potentially unsafe with Buses, heavy goods vehicles, tractors, cyclists and pedestrians all forced to use this level crossing, with barriers frequently failing to work, causing numerous delays to school buses, commuters unable to cross the line and failing to get their train to Edinburgh, missed appointments at the Doctors surgery in East Calder and it has been going on, and on, and on for years now.

defiBrillator case daMaged twice A potentially life saving piece of equipment installed beside the Kirknewton Green Room has been damaged twice since installation. The case which protects the defibrillator, which can be used in the event of cardiac arrest, was first damaged at a cost to community funds of £300. The second time damage was repaired by local electrician John Nothard. The defibrillator was purchased alongside six new benches that have been installed around Kirknewton, paid for by the West Lothian Council Village Improvement Fund. A second defibrillator and case, worth over £2000, has been provided free by the Scottish Ambulance Service, funded by the Scottish Government. Please let everyone know these defibrillators are expensive pieces of equipment that can only be used to save a life. The code for the case at the Green Room is available from the Green Room, Pharmacy, Pub or Festival Stores in the event of an emergency.

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Planning for our coMMunity CAMPS JUNCTION/APPLICATION 0578/P/15 Case Officer – Ranald Dods (Tel: 01506 282413) Kirknewton Community Development Trust have applied for planning permission in principle for the erection of a 0.5(Ha) housing development (Sheltered) with associated amenities on land at Camps Junction on the East side of Kirknewton adjacent to the road to Edinburgh. The application proposal lists: 4 x 2-bed wheelchair flats 4 x 2 bed accessible first floor flats 3 x 2 bed wheelchair bungalows Community meeting facilities 13 car parking spaces Which is more than double the capacity of housing units allocated in the West Lothian Local Development Plan. As this site requires the highest quality of design and layout it will be up to the case officer to determine whether the character and appearance of the proposals are appropriate to the location. REMOVAL OF BT PHONEBOX WHITEMOSS ROAD Kirknewton Community Council are trying to establish where a statutory letter sent by BT on 02-09-2014 informing West Lothian Council of their intention to remove the telephone box ended up. WLC Planning say they did not receive it but BT say it was sent to WLC. A request from KCC to BT for a copy of this letter was denied. An application was made to WLC under the freedom of information act to arrange with BT for KCC to have sight of this letter. WEST LOTHIAN COUNCIL / CEMETERY MANAGEMENT RULES Are carrying out a consultation on draft Cemetery Management rules. Should you have any views please contact: RAF KIRKNEWTON Substantial improvements have been made to the Airfield, Living Quarters and Administration Buildings. It is hoped that flying will resume next year from Spring onwards.

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This is an active Royal Air Force Airfield which is a prohibited area and is inherently dangerous, Unauthorised persons entering the area may be arrested and prosecuted. PENTLAND HILLS So pleased to see the new walk opened from Selm Muir to Little Vantage, constructed by Friends of the Pentlands, after a request to do so by West Lothian Council who also financed the work. The opening ceremony for the walk was commemorated by the planting of a Rowan Tree by Councillor Frank Toner aided by Chris Alcorn (WLC) and Mike White President of friends of the Pentlands, hosted by Stewart and Lesley Barr at their welcoming Hilly Cow Wigwams tourist accommodation.

APPLICATION NO. 0691/P/14 LAND AT STATION MEWS KIRKNEWTON Development Management Committee Meeting at West Lothian Civic Centre An impressive representation made by the community, Tim Kempster, Primary School Parent Council but despite this the meeting was recommended to grant planning permission in principle, however Councillor Willie Boyle took the recommendation and dissected it apart to the point of a proposal for refusal which was passed on a 4 to 3 majority. Thank you to everyone. Vic Garrad Planning Secretary Kirknewton Community Council

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kirknewton contriButes to engaging coMMunities toolkit The ‘Engaging Communities Toolkit’ was launched on the 16th September in the Almondbank Centre in Craigshill. The toolkit was developed by the Community Engagement Practitioners Network as a user friendly resource to enhance community involvement and engagement in our local communities by increasing the knowledge, understanding and quality of community engagement in West Lothian. The toolkit aims to give individuals, staff and groups information, tools and methods to help them engage effectively. The toolkit has been designed so it can be used by a range of audiences; from voluntary and community groups, to practitioners and professionals from different organisations. The Launch event was attended by a range of community groups, key community organisations and practitioners from across the Community Planning Partnership. The launch was designed to give individuals an opportunity to learn more about the toolkit and how it can be used, see some good examples of engagement activity in West Lothian and network with other groups and individuals interested in community engagement. Introduced by Steve Field, Head of Area Services, the launch included a number of speakers; Jane Groves from Craigshill Good Neighbourhood Network gave a workers perspective on the toolkit, outlining the work they do in Craigshill and how the toolkit will help them; David Knight from The Big Lottery outlined why The Big Lottery value community engagement; and we heard from 2 case studies featured in the Toolkiit itself; Tony Foster spoke on behalf of Kirknewton Community Development Trust and the Tobacco Free Generations project. Attendees also had the opportunity to give feedback on the toolkit itself and have discussions about what they would like to see in future training on community engagement.

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local Man BecoMes chair of visit west lothian Tony Foster, currently CEO of Kirknewton Development Trust, has recently taken over from Mercure Hotel General Manager Nick Williams as Chair of Visit West Lothian, the membership group supporting and promoting tourism across West Lothian. Mr Foster said of his new appointment, “I’d like to thank Nick Williams during his time as Chair of the Board, which has seen growth in West Lothian Tourism. The value to the local economy is now £167.65 million with nearly 3000 jobs supported locally.” He continued, “Visit West Lothian strive on supporting the success and growth of current and new tourism destinations to visitors from the UK and abroad. We also welcome people who live and work in West Lothian, as we see an explosion in our population and businesses taking advantage of our links to the airport, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The number of new food, drink and tourism based businesses is reflected in our own membership which has increased over 200 per cent in the last three months and continues to grow. It’s exciting to see business waking up to the endless tourism possibilities in and around Livingston, from the Heartlands to East Calder. Visit West Lothian, actively supported and funded by relevant stakeholders, will be with our members every step of the way to help the local economy, job creation and improving the visitor experience.” If you a tourism related business or Food and Drink outlet interested in the benefits of membership of Visit West Lothian then contact Tel: 01506 283 090 Email:

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a 5 year local coMMunity Plan for the village and surrounding area of kirknewton Kirknewton is not one of the readily identifiable and dramatic places. It is the kind of place all too easy to travel past without noticing its existence, but for 2000 people it is their chosen home. Kirknewton is a defined community, which was once vibrant, but has had its sense of coherence diluted. It is long settled, in the lee of two ancient hill forts, with the land held for centuries as part of large estates. The village has seen things come and go: it has experienced rural decline, the shale mining industry, then the military who built a WW2 airfield, then married quarters, and then left (but is speculating about returning in greater numbers). The community has a mix of young families, commuters, longer established families and older folk, and is somewhat fragmented. This lack of community cohesion has been exacerbated by being cut-off from its historically close relationships to East Calder and Mid Calder by the A71 By-Pass. As one villager described it during the community consultation, “Kirknewton is a forgotten village”. In 2008 the Kirknewton Community Development Trust (KCDT) applied to the Big Lottery fund for £1,000,000 to help provide funds for a community asset project. The lottery recommended Kirknewton produce a Community Development Plan to determine the needs of the village and what the profits from a community asset (or any other funding streams) would go towards. To do this, they provided the Development Trust with a technical assistance grant of £87,000 to help put that three year plan together, which was published in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014 KCDT and partners achieved many of the outcomes in the Development Plan. When reviewing the outcomes, as part of the community engagement work conducted by Vikki Hilton in December 2014, ‘community spirit’ came

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from nowhere in 2010/11 to the reason people enjoyed living in Kirknewton. That benchmarking work was once again funded by the Big Lottery and provides the guidance for this five year plan. Unfortunately, having negotiated the best renewable energy investment and community benefit package in Scotland, the Scottish Government rejected the Fauch Hill wind farm scheme and our potential funds to sustain the organisation for another 25 years and help many of the projects included in this plan an easier reality. The impact the loss of support, skills, employment and training is significant to our community and one we are deeply saddened by. Kirknewton is now a village fighting to maintain our evidence of a positive ‘community spirit’. We continue to show what can be done in our community with support and encouragement. The Kirknewton Development Plan remains our road map and aspiration for the future. We continue to be a vibrant community that wants to provide an improved quality of life for everyone that lives and works in Kirknewton. On the following 5 pages you can read the development action plans for the next 5 years, based on the community consultations conducted in January 2014/December 2015. Tony Foster KCDT CEO, 2015

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coMMunity develoPMent and volunteering Priority 1 Increase the support and number of volunteers in the village Actions By when Measure of Success (MOS) Jul 2016 Increase number Maintain funding for Youth and Volunteer post Dec 2016 of volunteers & Synergise volunteer groups were appropriate support by 2020 (ie KCDT, KCA & Gala) Dec 2020 Develop programme of accreditation for volunteer activity to 2016 enhance employment /2018 /2020

Maintain volunteer awards

Priority 2 Identify and promote groups/events and encourage joint participation Actions By when Measure of Success (MOS) Dec 2016 Increase the Audit current group and business activity in Kirknewton to number of advise on available support and promotion successful annual Support current group and business activity to provide Dec 2018 events by 2020 volunteering opportunities or skills/employment Produce a regular newsletter to inform all members of the community, particularly those who do not use social media and continue to support members of the community on suitable and available media to use

Jan 2016

Priority 3 Target young people for participation in youth projects Actions By when Measure of Success (MOS) Dec 2016 Increase the Develop and maintain programme of accreditation for number of youth volunteer activity to enhance employment volunteers by Encourage young people to take ideas forward and Dec 2016 2020 participation in strategic bodies and event groups such as Community Council, Development Trust and Gala

Priority 4 Co-ordinate fundraising and ďŹ nancial support for new and established groups Actions By when Measure of Success (MOS) Investigate sources of funding for KCDT as community Ongoing Provide grants to anchor organisation local organisations from 2016 Introduce KCDT/CC sub group to help distribute small grants By Dec to local groups / businesses on a quarterly basis 2016

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coMMunity facilities and services Priority 1 Ensure adequate facilities for current activities in the village Actions By when MOS Dec 2020 Complete Support & build housing for the elderly at Camps Junction Dec 2020 by 2020 Support & build new Sports Facility Ensure management structure in place for pitch and changing facility

Dec 2016

Increase usage of Village Hall, Green Room, Church Hall & partners to help increase funds for community projects

Dec 2018

Lobby for new health provision in village or improved transport to medical centre

Dec 2020

Priority 2 Actions Improve facilities for older children Improve pitch and changing facility Improve usage of Community Woodland

Identify and improve on community park By when MOS Dec 2016 Increase Aug 2017 the usage of park Aug 2018

Bike and skate facility

Dec 2020

Priority 3 Develop pathway to improve accessibility to the Pentlands from centre of village Actions By when MOS Determine route to Selm Muir Wood & funding Early Open 2016 route to Open route Dec 2018 Selm Muir Priority 4 Encourage food initiatives locally and support for cafĂŠ / pub food provision in village Actions By when MOS Support business activity that improve fresh food initiatives and Dec 2020 Improve family based cafĂŠ availability food provision by 2020


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local environMent and green sPace Priority 1 Improve the paths and cycle paths around the village Actions By when MOS Audit paths, cycle paths and Selm Muir wood development Early 2016 Increase the number of Early 2016 walking and Identify paths/cycle paths to be upgraded and developed and access to Pentland Park (as a proposed village ‘Gateway cycling routes to the Pentland Park’) around village Work with external bodies & volunteers on upgrading paths Dec 20182020 and improving signage Priority 2 Improve the look and external surroundings of Kirknewton Actions By when MOS Monitor Feb 2016 Identify village needs using community consultation results in next benchmark community Provide actions for issues relating to fencing, station access, consultation re May 2016 grass cutting, dog fouling, litter, broken glass, graffiti, these issues recycling facilities and declining housing stock/car parks, particularly in Kaimes Action and support development of activities

Aug 2016

Priority 3

Assist the development of park, green space community empowerment bill outcomes Actions By when MOS Complete Park Investigate options, funding & design for play park, including Dec 2020 redevelopment bike/skate park, woodland development, park lighting and by 2020 school sports facilities / outdoor classroom Jan 2016 Ensure Kirknewton is ‘community empowerment bill’ and onwards ‘Pentland Park’ ready Priority 4 Promote Kirknewton as a destination village, local food & product initiatives Actions By when MOS Spring Increase Promote positive destinations and partnerships with 2016 number of tourism/historical assets in and around the community, visitors & ensuring synergy with WL & Visit West Lothian strategic products plans purchased Ongoing Support work of Cyrenians and local producers at all levels locally when possible

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Planning and strategic develoPMent Priority 1

Creating a better balance of community facilities and active dialogue on village development Actions By when MOS Ongoing Submit Kirknewton Development Plan to council, regeneration officer and integrate with West Lothian Council planning / funding streams. Actively respond to influence outcomes of Local Development Plan and expansion of East Calder/Kirknewton ensuring health and transport provision is adequate Priority 2 Improve the general surrounds of the station / station track Actions By when MOS Ongoing Monitor by Identify Council/Network rail proposals for station, including results of next park and ride and security issues consultation Ensure proposals avoid high impact on environment and provide suitable traffic flow and station development for the village Explore rail/bus links meet the needs of village following changes to station Priority 3 Improve public transport networks and car issues/parking in village Actions By when MOS Ongoing Monitor by Begin dialogue with council/traffic operators for Balerno/East results of next Calder service consultation Introduce mobile timetable for buses Resolve speeding options and parking issues from consultation for implementation and explore traffic options (car share, walking, cycling, active travel etc.) Priority 4

Support renewable energy projects that bring community benefit to the village Actions By when MOS Establish which renewable energy projects to progress Summer Community monies 2016 Community benefit monies to be available from 2036 payment by Beyond 2020 2020

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local econoMy and training Priority 1

Develop and support enterprise and business locally


By when


Develop and support a Kirknewton Business Association

Jan 2016

An increase in new business enterprises by 2020

Maintain hot desk space, internet access, conference, meeting Jan 2016 and business support (with local agencies) in new resource centre Lobby for improved broadband & mobile reception in the local May 2020 area Priority 2

Provide training and support for activity in the village


By when


Support other groups to develop training & volunteer support policy

Sep 2017

Implement volunteer or employer accreditation with local college, SCVO, Business Gateway & Chamber of Commerce

Sep 2017

Increase number of training opportunities

Provide employment opportunities for job seekers at a local level

Jan 2018

Priority 3

Support renewable energy projects & low energy initiatives that bring community benefit to village


By when


Confirm and develop the hydro and Camps Junction projects

March 2016

Ensure community benefit payable and investment in Camilty

March 2016

Determine renewable energy project opportunities following DECC announcement and Scottish & local elections

Jun 2016/ June 2017

Increase new employment opportunities in village by 2018

Priority 4

Improve public transport networks to improve job prospects of those in village


By when


Continue dialogue with council/traffic operators for Balerno/ East Calder/Kirknewton service

Dec 2019

Open at least one more bus service from village by 2019

Promote public transport timetables, cycling to work and car share

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Jan 2016

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16 Kirknewton volunteer and skills survey 2015

volunteer and skills survey

* 5. What groups or activities are you involved with, as a volunteer, in the village?

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* 1. Please give your contact details.

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gardening group or youth football team etc. Address 1: City/Town/Village: Postal Code Email Address: Contact number: Kirknewton volunteer and skills survey 2015

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Parish Church

Youth Club

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* 8. We know everyone is busy but we would like to ask if you have any time that you could spare to support village activities you are interested in. We are not looking for any major committment but just to get an idea of what times suit you best.

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Kirknewton newsletter

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Parish Church


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* 10. What time committment per week are you roughly prepared to give to volunteering. None

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14. Thank you for your time. Any other comment you would like to add?

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Community Development

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Project Planning Management

Tendering & Procurement

Applying for funding

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A number of residents have been asking about the West Lothian Local Development Plan, which includes zoning for potential housing in Kirknewton. The West Lothian Local Development Plan will in time provide the framework against which planning applications are assessed and will be reviewed every five years to ensure an up to date plan is in place to guide future development in the area. West Lothian Council are currently working on the West Lothian Local Development Plan, which when adopted will the replace the West Lothian Local Plan. The Local Development Plan will be used as the basis for making decision on planning applications in West Lothian and Kirknewton. So, if you have any issues on the proposals, get them in NOW! Some residents have also let the Kirknewton Community Council know their thoughts for their submission. Come along to the Green Room on Tuesday 10th November at 6.45pm to get your views recorded or email infokirknewton@ and we will pass them on. The Proposed Plan was published on the 12 October 2015 for consultation. The consultation closes on 22 November 2015. All documents relating to the Proposed Plan can be viewed online at

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18 Kirknewton Community Playgroup is the perfect start for your child to begin their journey; full of fun, play and learning. Our Playgroup caters for children from 2 years old. Names taken for the waiting list at 12 months. Playgroup sessions run from 9.15-11.30am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during term time and include a healthy snack. Sessions cost ÂŁ7. We offer funded places through West Lothian Council. Email for funding information and application forms. If you are interested in your child joining us then please contact us at or pop along during one of our sessions. On 1st September 2015 Kirknewton Playgroup became Kirknewton Community Playgroup, part of West Lothian Community Playgroups. Joining Community Playgroups has given us more potential for a long term future at a time when independent playgroups are struggling to survive. The move is supported by West Lothian Council who in response have undertaken the commitment to renovate our village hall and garden in 2015. We are really looking forward to this much needed upgrade. The biggest change for playgroup is that the parents will no longer be the employers. This removes the requirement for parents to be involved in the financial and business management of playgroup. It also removes the risk of liability from parents and gives us the opportunity to access greater resources. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years and those who continue to support us in our new venture.

The children have all settled well in East Calder and seem to be enjoying the experience. On occasions we have been made aware of negative comments relating to our school that have been posted on Facebook. Please contact the school directly if you would like to discuss any issues or conerns that you have with any aspect of school life. Recently the school has been granted administrator rights for the parents’ Facebook page and we will use

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West Lothian Council have recently introduced a new policy for the health care of pupils in schools. Under the new guidelines schools are not allowed to administer medicine unless it is accompanied by the appropriate signed form. It is also important to note that the policy requires all medication to be supplied in its original container. The full policy can be found at

It is never too early to get organised for the festive season so here are a few dates for your diary! Tuesday 8th December Primary 1-3 Christmas Lunch Wednesday 9th December Primary 4-7 Christmas Lunch Friday 11th December P1-3 Nativity Monday 14th December P6 and P7 Christmas Party 1.30-3.00pm Tuesday 15th December P4 and P5 Christmas Party 1.30-3.00pm Wednesday 16th December P3 Christmas Party 1.30-3.00pm Thursday 17th December P1 and P2 Christmas Party 1.30pm -3.00pm Nursery Christmas Party (afternoon group) Friday 18th December Nursery Christmas Party (morning group) At a recent South West Neighbourhood Meeting representatives from Balerno High School reported to the group concerns about the school role continuing to fall, therefore having a knock on effect on course being restricted in future years. Dean Park Primary has also had its role capped by the Council, although there are reports they could accept more children. High School Website Changes In the coming months information about Balerno High School Parent Council will move from this website to the main school website. The process and timescales for this change are still under discussion but it is hoped that it will happen by the end of 2015. Our aim is to use the school site to hold background information about the parent council, annual reports, minutes of meetings, etc. We already use Facebook and Twitter to inform parents, carers

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19 and guardians about news, current activities and upcoming events and this approach appears to be popular. If you would like to join us on Facebook and

Twitter then you will find us at @BalernoSchool (Twitter) and at Balerno High School Parent Forum (Facebook).

High School Parent Council At the first Balerno Parent Council of the year they discussed the recent excellent and best ever exam results, improvements required in maths and the upgrade of the school website. It was also announced the school is to have a major refurbishment, probably in the next five years.

Jennifer Ba, the Youth and Volunteer Coordinator for the Development Trust has the pleasure of working with the young people of Kirknewton. Her aim is to create a village where young people are opened up to new possibilities and experiences which will leave a lasting impression. The Trust is committed to promoting renewable energies and conserving our environment. This is something they would like to share with the young people of the village. From Friday 6th of November young people (primary 5 and above) will have an opportunity to take part in the John Muir Award. The John Muir Award is a horticulture award scheme based upon education of wild spaces. The Trust will work in partnership with the Cyrenians Farm to deliver it. The John Muir Award provides a young person with excellent experience and is an excellent precursor to the Saltire Award and Duke of Edinburgh. The Award is broken up into 4 main areas • Discovering a Wild Place • Exploring a wild space • Conserving a wild space • Sharing of experience. We will work on the farm every Friday from the 6th of November. We will be meeting at The Green Room at 1.30pm and leave the farm at 5pm. We are in need of parent helpers with the walk to and from the farm. We will need children to be in layered clothing but will have plenty of hot chocolate to keep them warm! If you are interested, and would like to sign your child up please email

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Kosy Kafe is a free weekly children’s café, funded by our local parish church. Hot chocolate, Home Baking and traditional games are provided in a relaxed and safe environment. We run each Friday afternoon during term time between 4-5pm in Kirknewton village hall. All primary school age children are very welcome! We are always looking for new volunteers to join the team. If you might be interested in giving some of your time to the community then please email Grace: or pop into a session. A PVG disclosure is provided free of charge.

The weekly Kirknewton Youth Club is moving from strength to strength. We are signing up more young people for the Saltire Award Scheme, which involves young people volunteering as part of a team, and then individually. This scheme is an excellent foundation for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and is open to young people from 12 years old. The youth club runs each Friday 6pm-8pm in either the Village Hall or The Green Room. Open to all young people primary 7 and older. Youth Club need more volunteers so please indicate if you can help in the Volunteer and Skills survey.

Free Midas Mini Bus Driver Training on Monday 9th of November 9.15am-3.30pm. This training is open to anyone who has been a driver for over 2 years and is interested in driving a minibus as a volunteer. Please contact:

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kirknewton gala day 2015 Kirknewton Gala Day was once again a great success, helped by some sunshine, some real ale and of course all the wonderful volunteers, without whom the Gala Day would not run. There were many individual volunteers as well as numerous groups who helped by running tents, stalls or activities on the day including the following: Kirknewton Allotments Association Kirknewton Community Playgroup Brownies (find full name) Third East Calder Scouts Kirknewton Youth Group Kirknewton Football Club Scottish Woman's Institute – Kirknewton branch

Each group will receive a share of the money taken on the day, with this money to be disbursed after the Gala AGM in October.

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As the current Chair Stephen Anderson and a couple of other longer serving members will be stepping down the Committee is looking for new blood with fresh ideas. Younger members who can help with new additions such as the music tent will be much appreciated, so please spread the word.

The Gala Committee has also expanded its remit over the last couple of years with the organisation of the annual Torchlight Procession, heralding the Christmas Festival and getting everyone in the mood for some yuletide fun. This event also requires volunteers and therefore any help to make the event run more smoothly would be fantastic.

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kirknewton gala day 2015 Both the Gala Day in June and the Christmas Parade at the end of the year, require a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make the events the great success they are and without your help these events simply wouldn’t happen.

This years’ Torchlight Procession and Treelighting Ceremony will be held on Sunday 29th November 2015, leaving Meadowbank Road at 5pm. There will be glo-sticks for the kids and the West Calder Brass Band will once again be our musical accompaniment. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served in the Village Hall afterwards and there may even be singing of carols! This event truly is a special one as it echoes just a tiny bit of the magic of Christmas. The village is a better place for it.

If you think you can help at the Torchlight Procession or indeed join the Gala Committee in any capacity, get in touch with a member via the Facebook page or call Karen on 07815 075 387. Volunteering is an entirely rewarding experience and when everyone works together giving just a little of their time the whole community benefits. Images courtesy of Lyndsey Roberton.

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9.15am – 11.30am 4pm – 5pm Kids Highland Dance Playgroup

9.15am – 11.30am Playgroup

3.30am – 4.30am Kids Crochet

3.30am – 4.30am Kids Crochet


5pm – 6.15pm Rainbows

6pm – 8pm Keyboard Lessons 7pm – 9pm Boxcir

Every 2nd Tuesday of month

Community Council 6.45pm – 8.45pm Physio Pilates 7pm


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THURSDAY 9am – 11am EK Pilates

FRIDAY 9.15am – 11.30am Playgroup

9am – 11.30am 2pm – 2.45pm Kirknewton Mini & Me Access 2 Employment Job Club Music Group

6.30pm Family Book Club

4pm - 5pm 5pm – 7pm Poco Loco Kids Zumba Kosy Kafe

6.30pm – 8pm Brownies

7.15pm – 8.15pm Adult Zumba

6pm – 8pm Youth Club

8.15pm – 9.30pm Adults Highland Dance To book onto any of the courses, or for more Green information please email: Room Village or call The Green Room: 01506 883 988 Hall We’re at 12 Main Street Kirknewton, EH27 8AH


what’s on at christMas KCDT Win A Christmas Hamper Draw in November Scout Group Christmas Prize Draw Tickets out during month of November Book Bugs th Wednesday 4 November, 2.30pm, Green Room Kirknewton Community Fireworks Wednesday 4th November, 7.30pm, Kirknewton Park Donation on the night please

Cheese and Wine Night Friday 6th November, 7-9pm, Village Hall

Entry by donation. Contact Heather Coutts on 01506 885 800

Remembrance Sunday & Procession to War Memorial Sunday 8th November, 9.45am, Kirknewton Church Kirknewton Christmas Gifts, Food Fair & Family BBQ Sunday 15th November, 12-4pm The Stables, Kirknewton Annual Whisky Tasting Saturday 28th November, Scout Hall Torchlight thProcession & Christmas Tree Lighting Sunday 29 November, 5pm, meet at Meadowbank Road Mini & Me rdChristmas Party Thursday 3 December, 12-2pm, Green Room It’s a Wonderful Life - Film Showing Friday 4th December, 2pm-4pm & 8pm-10pm, Green Room Santa’s Grotto Saturday 5th December, 10am-2pm, Green Room £3 to see Santa, £5 for two children

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Christmas thGin Tasting Saturday 5 December, 7.30pm, Green Room Scout Andth Guide Carol Service, Monday 7 December, 7pm, St. Theresa’s Church Kirknewton Primary Carols Wednesday 9th December, 7pm, Kirknewton Church Mrs Claus’ Christmas Decorations Workshop Saturday 12th December, 11am-1pm, Potter Around

Join Mrs Claus and the elves who will help you make a number of different Christmas decorations to hang on your tree or give to friends. Suitable for ages 5-12. £12 a head. Call 01506 238 961 or email

Book Bugs Wednesday 16th December, 2pm, Green Room Love Actually - Ladies Film Night Friday 18th December, 8pm-10pm, Green Room Kirknewton / East Calder Nativity Service Sunday 20th Dececember, 11.15am, East Calder Church Santa’s Sleigh Around Kirknewton Sunday 20th December, check times on additional publicity Carols & Watchnight Service Thursday 24th December, Meadowbank 10pm, Kirknewton Church 11.30pm Christmas Family Eucharist Christmas Day, 10.30am, Dalmahoy St Mary’s Church

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Business Breakfast success

The Kirknewton Business Association has met twice in the Green Room over the last six months. The idea behind the group is to network, share experiences of running a business in or from Kirknewton, look at joint working and get new skills from guest speakers. Speakers have included representatives from Business Gateway, the Development Trust and the Grapes in East Calder on subjects including developing your business, funding, tourism, social networking online and building up a food and drink business. Anyone based in Kirknewton and running a business, a business based in Kirknewton or someone thinking of starting a business can join us for our quarterly business breakfasts. To join the e mail group e mail and the next breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday 10th February 2016. These new pages in the Kirknewton News are here to introduce you to what businesses exist and to give you latest updates of new developments and services. CELTIC STEPZ Our Wednesday dance group Celtic Stepz are putting on a show at Howden theatre on 20th Nov to raise funds for team Jak and teenage cancer trust. This show tells the story of the highland clearances through music and dance. The ladies will be supported by The Bass Rock Ceilidh Band. This we hope will be the fi rst of many shows raising funds for good causes. We are taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe next year. FLOWERS BY ISLA Based at Humbie Farm Kirknewton we specialise in weddings and also create flowers for all occasions, such as funerals and birthdays. One of the new services we provide is floral workshops. Over 25 years experience. Call Isla for a personal service from a local specialist. 07882 407 408 HAPPINESS WORKS Happiness Works was born out of an aspiration to help others achieve happiness by providing life coaching. We help clients with areas such as self-confidence, stress and anxiety, relationship advice, career advice, motivation and self-worth. We work in a confidential and non-judgement environment and our aim is to enhance client’s lifestyles. We are running fortnightly Art Therapy Workshops in Kirknewton and aim to run a variety of workshops in the near future. Every fortnight Tuesday 7pm until 8pm at the Green Room, 3rd November, 17th November, 1st December, 15th December. ACCESS2BALANCE Use Hypnotherapy in the NHS campaign “Stoptober”. Shonagh Terry, is urging the public to look for registered practitioners at the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Shonagh, your local hypnotherapist, can provide help with smoking cessation and many other personal issues. Contact details:; 01506 794 606 or 07724 741 570 SEAN COCKBURN BLACKSMITH I am a local blacksmith and I just started my own blacksmithing business about 4 months ago. I studied at the Hereford and Ludlow College of Technology for Blacksmithing. Combining tradiotional and modern metalworking techniques

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I produce handmade artistic metalwork ideal for the home and garden. Contact, Mobile : 07586 540 434, Etsy:, Web: ERICA DOUGLAS MARKETING Do you need a marketing department, but can't justify a team? Need the services of a marketing agency but would prefer a more personal solution? Erica Douglas offers a full marketing solution to small businesses in Edinburgh and West Lothian. She is an award winning blogger and published author. Erica specialises in helping businesses grow via the marketing strategy she implements. "My business has doubled since we opened" "A breath of fresh air to the industry" "Investing in Erica's marketing strategy is the best decision I've made" Contact - or 07540 985 152 KIRKNEWTON PHARMACY Kirknewton Pharmacy offer a FREE managed repeat service to all patients. We can reorder your repeat medication on your behalf from your GP surgery, dispense it for you and deliver it to your home. Additionally, we can collect prescriptions from East Calder Medical Practice on a daily basis. We also now operate as a DPD collection point. Call us on 01506 883 048 for more information. MARK SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY Mark Scott Images do Weddings, Portraits,Models Find out more at or call 07730 042 289 PILATES Modified Pilates taught by a Chartered Physiotherapist. Matwork Classes in Kirknewton Village Hall Tuesdays 6.45pm and 7.45pm. Offering matwork pilates 1:1 and small group sessions throughout westlothian. Specialist qualifications in Application of pilates for Antental, Postnatal, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and also Pink. Enquiries to Dianne MacKenzie BSc MSc MCSP. 07795 466 464.

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25 POTTER AROUND We are a ceramic painting and pottery business with additional arts and crafts in your local area. Drop in and have some arty fun, book a birthday party or one of our workshops. Bring your pre school child to our craft n a story session on Monday mornings or school age kids to our art club on Friday afternoons. Call 01506 238961 or email to book, RAPID RAQUET If you are an aspiring Andy Murray, Nick Matthew or Imogen Bankier then your racquet deserves the fully electronic stringing service provided by Rapid Racquet. Run by Kirknewton resident David Laing full details can be found on or contact David directly on 07588 690 896. WING AND A PRAYER RESCUE Dog, cat or hamster? Thats normally what people are greeted by when coming home from work. That all changed for me however when i decided to adopt three rescue hens last year. Just outside the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh festival life, there is a small charity called Wing and a Prayer Rescue, set up in Balerno in 2012. Their pledge is to save as many commercial laying hens as possible, rescuing them just before slaughter and rehoming them with new loving families to keep as pets. In a time where the growing population and demand for cheap food is increasing rapidly, the conditions that factory farmed animals are kept in are far from the 'old mcdonald had a farm' vision that most of us hold in our heads. Caged hens are forced to live in a barn with thousands of others, all de beaked and crammed into small cages with no sunlight or fresh air, never having touched grass or been able to roll in the dirt and after 18 months when they cannot lay fast enough they are sent to slaughter. This is where Wing and a prayer come in, the coordinators and a banned of passionate volunteers will take part in a rescue that has been preplanned with the farmers,who help with the rescue dates. The liberated hens will then be sent to different rehoming points across Scotland where families who have previously reserved hens will collect them. Choosing to share my garden with three ex caged hens has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Watching them get stronger, happier and more curios everyday after a short life of misery in the food industry is one of the most heart warming things to watch. They are extremely easy to look after and make perfect, intelligent pets that love attention and treats. They chirp quietly and are a joy to keep.I feel closer to animals more than I ever have, it lead me back to charity where I now Volunteer, helping with the rescues, rehoming days and cleaning at the 'hen’quarters in Balerno. Saving over 10000 hens since 2012 from both caged and free range farms, new volunteers are always needed and warmly welcomed. Fundraising is also massively appreciated as it is a non funded charity, If you think you could give some hens a loving home or are interested in volunteering or fundraising contact Wing and a Prayer Rescue on Facebook, email at wingandaprayerrescue. or have a look on the website on www.

edition of Konect for Kirknewton and East Calder and along with a small team set about delivering it to every door in the area. Your feedback was overwhelmingly positive and to cut a long story short we’ve produced a magazine every month since, and it has established itself as an essential reference book for the area. There are many forms of communication now but everyone still loves to leaf through a nicely-produced magazine! It’s your first port of call for local trades and other businesses and includes articles celebrating local people, places, history and events. Our contributors are all local writers and we’re always happy to hear from you. If you are involved in a community group or charity locally we will list your organisation in the Clubs and Classes section FREE of charge. We may also be able to feature you as a “Charity of the Month.” If you have an interesting story relating to the local area or personality, we may be able to feature you. Please contact And of course if you run a business locally and want to be included, please call : Jenny on 07824 469 266, or Charlene on 07772 941 899,

The Kirknewton / Calders edition covers 5500 doors in Kirknewton, East Calder, Mid Calder and Pumpherston. We also now produce a similar magazine for the following areas: • Balerno / Currie / Juniper Green / Baberton / Ratho (7500 copies) • Livingston (20,000 copies) training • Bathgate (10,000 copies) • Broxburn / Uphall / Winchburgh (7500 copies)

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I would like to introduce myself as your new MP for the Livingston Constituency. I was born and brought up in Livingston. My family originally come from Bathgate and were part of West Lothian's mining community. I went to school in Broxburn and then to the University of Stirling. Since then I've worked in different sectors, including national television and the oil industry. I've also seen a bit of the political world, working for the US Consulate in Edinburgh and managing Alex Salmond's constituency office. I'm delighted to come home to represent the people of Livingston, because this is where my roots are. Although I am named as the MP for Livingston, I mentioned in my maiden speech that the name Livingston does not convey the breadth and diversity of the many communities that lie within it. The Constituency encompasses the large New Town of Livingston as well as many smaller villages such as Kirknewton, Stoneyburn, Bents & Pumpherston to name but a few. These smaller communities fiercely defend their individual identities even though the mining - coal and shale – railway and manufacturing industries that defined them have disappeared or changed out of all recognition. The Constituency combines old and new, continuing a history of innovation and invention in ways that strive to look forward without losing the past. In this context I sent my congratulations to Kirknewton Community Development Trust Ltd on being the first in the West Lothian community area to receive a Scottish Land Fund Award to enable them to build affordable housing for the elderly. Kirknewton has a wonderful community spirit and I am exceptionally pleased that people are willing to come together to help each other in this way and I am enthused in the efforts they have invested to ensure that valued members of the older generation remain respected and included in their own local

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area. I presented an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons that highlighted this award to all at Westminster and beyond. Although my time in Westminster has been relatively short, I have been striving to best represent my constituents and I’ve held many surgeries and meetings with charities, organisations and local groups across the constituency, including a number of surgery tours. But one of my first and most memorable surgeries was at the Green Room in Kirknewton meeting Tony and some of his team, I was so impressed by the ingenuity and innovation. As the SNP spokesperson on Fair Work & Employment at Westminster, I have spoken in a number of debates including the Scotland Bill, Zero Hours Contracts, Fifa, Tax Credits (Working Families), job Centre Plus, Equal Pay, The Trade Union Bill and I had the privilege to speak as the font bench spokesperson for the SNP on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill- leading our opposition to the Government’s austerity cuts agenda which folk across Scotland are just beginning to feel. I look forward to representing you working hard for all the people of the Livingston Constituency, it is a pleasure and a privilege to represent you.

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28 ANGELA CONSTANCE MSP I have been contacted by a number of Kirknewton residents over their sheer frustration at the very slow speed of broadband in parts of the village and surrounding area. Broadband and our access to the digital world has become part and parcel of everyday life, it's essential for work, services and recreation. Yet for many folk living 10 miles away from the centre of Edinburgh they are lucky if they are receiving 50% of the minimum speed. The Scottish Government has ambitious targets to ensure that the next generation of broadband is available to all by 2020. Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband is a multimillion pound programme to ensure 95% premises can access superfast broadband by 2017-18, at present 75% premises have access. The Scottish Government, Local Government, Europe and BT are all contributing to this £409 million programme. The Scottish Government has specifically set aside £42 million for 2016 when decisions on phase 2 of the broadband rollout are expected. Telecommunications is a complex area as there are various responsibilities at local, Scottish and UK level and combine this with the commercial plans of large companies, this can all add to a sense of confusion and slow decision making. For my part I will continue to press for progress, campaign on behalf of individual constituents and make representations to government at all levels, as well as maintain contact with the telecommunications companies. If you are affected by poor broadband service I would really like to hear from you as I am compiling a comprehensive dossier of information of the ongoing difficulties across the Almond Valley constituency. I can be contacted on or 01506 460 403. Individuals can also complete an inquiry form on Digital Scotland's website and should receive an reply within 5 days.

NEIL FINDLAY MSP West Lothian was the birthplace of the Uk's oil industry. James "Paraffin Young" was a pioneer in developing the technology and processes to extract oil and oil based products from shale. All around the West Lothian countryside we see the reminders of that industry - the five sisters bings, the landscape around Pumphertson, East Calder, Oakbank, Broxburn and beyond Energy production is of course a huge priority for any government, that is why the debate about shale gas extraction from fracking is such an important one for people across West Lothian. Fracking involves the drilling and water injection of rock deep down below the ground to release gases trapped in the rock. Whilst this may on the face of it seem like a harmless and cheap method of securing a new energy source there are huge concerns about the consequences for our environment. Where fracking has occurred there have been reports of drinking water contamination, water table pollution, air pollution from dangerous vapours and gases and earth tremors. The Scottish Government have a temporary moratorium in place until next year but my fear is that once the Scottish elections are past fracking will begin and West Lothian could be a prime site for it. For my part I am opposed to fracking and until I see evidence that is safe and does not damage our environment I will remain opposed to it. I would urge everyone to watch developments in relation to fracking very closely.

COUNCILLOR DAVE KING I am one of four local councillors for the Livingston East and East Calder Ward No. 5 that Kirknewton is part of. I live in East Calder and have had the privilege of being a councillor for many years. At present I am the Executive Councillor for Culture and Leisure and I am also the Depute Provost of West Lothian. I am at present in discussion with council officers concerning the condition of the changing rooms in Kirknewton Park for the local football team and local community groups. I fully support Kirknewton Community Council (KCC) and Kirknewton Development Trust (KDT) in their ongoing campaign for Network Rail to provide a bridge or underpass at the level crossing for residents’ safety. The installation of an underpass would/should improve the 28 Bus Service. I also support their desire to develop Camps Junction for housing I would like to take this opportunity to thank KCC members for their support over the years and congratulate them for their commitment to making Kirknewton a village to be proud to live in.

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29 COUNCILLOR CARL JOHN As I write this, the last swallows are departing for Africa and skeins of geese return home from the Arctic to the foothills of the Pentland Hills reminding us that summer is ending and winter is only a few short weeks away and memories of the Gala fade and our thoughts turn to the Christmas Fayre. It has been an unusual year so far for Kirknewton with our primary school children being sent to East Calder and the nursery children being housed in temporary accommodation in the park. I am assured that the refurbishment of the school is going to plan and that the next year we should have the children back in a revitalised school building. Plans are ongoing to build a park and ride car park at the station but I am still talking to planners about the proposed entry from the village which is just over the level crossing which can cause dangers at the crossing and I am looking for suggestions from villagers as to the best way to overcome this problem. A possible solution may be a mini roundabout just past the war memorial where the B7031 meets Station Road; this could also help pedestrians cross this wide junction. Also I am still fighting for the introduction of a footbridge at the station as villagers are missing trains being stuck on the wrong side of the station due to longer down times at the crossing. Getting Network Rail and West Lothian Council to meet and take this further has been no easy matter, and I worry that due to frustration someone tries to cross when the barriers are down. I hope this finds you all well and that you have a happy and healthy festive season.

COUNCILLOR CARL JOHN WILL HOLD SURGERIES Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm, East Calder Community Centre Every 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5.45pm, The Green Room, Kirknewton Every 2nd Thursday of each month at 6.30pm, Mid Calder Community Centre Or by arrangement, phone 01506 281 726

HANNAH BARDELL MP The legislative programme is fairly heavy at Westminster at present and on the 14th of September I spoke as the SNP’s spokesperson on Fair Work & Employment and against the proposed Trade Union Bill- which does anything but promote the concept of Fair Work in Employment. This legislation is a fundamental attack on human rights & Civil liberties as the Government wants to take away some of our most basic Human rights. I believe our citizens want a sense of self-worth from a valued contribution in work, enough time and disposable income to spend rewarding time with their families and to offer decent opportunities for their children. It says much, in my view, for the direction that the UK is headed that we are having to argue so relentlessly for this as if it were a privilege. Thursday the 24th of September was the charity fashion fundraiser at Hilly Cow Wig Wams in Kirknewton in aid of the St John’s hospital based breast cancer charity Bosom Buds. It was a fantastic evening showcasing the Opulence dresses of Wendy Hay and showcasing just how well local businesses and charity can work together. I was the winning bidder of the signed Scotland Team rugby shirt and I am particularly pleased the team are doing so well in the World Cup. I have been very vocal opposing the bagpipe ban - which has now been relaxed (a little!) Best of luck Scotland for the rest of the competition! On Sunday 27th of September along with Angela Constance MSP (and your own local lady Ali Dourlay), I ran the Loch Ness Marathon in memory of Jak Truman, an inspirational local teenager who lost his battle this year against an aggressive form of cancer. We are raising money to help build Jaks Den and more info on this can be found on - it was a beautiful day and I was a rather slow fi nisher at 6hrs 8mins – but at least I fi nished! Yours for Scotland, Hannah x.

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Chris Hughes has been working tirelessly over the last year to start a Kirknewton Football Club. They are now up and running and part of a junior and cup league. Chris has borrowed equipment, been supported by colleagues and friends and recently was awarded £100 from local councillor Dave King, £100 from the Gala and £500 from the Community Council to purchase new equipment as well as in kind support from local businesses including Festival Stores. The council recently repaired the goalmouths and realigned and relined the pitch. Chris continues to paint the lines of the pitch for games – we are sure he could do with some help if offered! It’s been over 15 years since Kirknewton had its own (quite successful) football team and everyones support during home and away games is appreciated. The first game of the season was positive with a 3-1 win against Whitburn Bluebell. The boys pulled out a good result against a team tipped to challenge for the league with every single one of the boys playing their heart out

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Next result was 3-4 against Blackburn. A draw would have been a fair result in a game of of missed chances and some sloppy mistakes. The boys played well, and had plenty of possession, but Blackburn took their chances well and defended well late on when Kirknewton were trying for the equaliser. A 4-4 draw with Polbeth felt like a defeat after Polbeth scored very late on to draw the game. Kirknewton had the majority of possession during the game and played some nice football from the back but a lack of subs led to tired legs. On 4th October in the first Scottish Cup game against Kennoway we saw a decisive victory against a team with a dedicated following making some encouraging noise. Kennoway scored an early goal but their banter on and off the pitch led to nothing as Kirknewton romped home to a 3-1 win. At time of writing KCFC have been handed an away tie against the winners of Unity AfC v New Stevenson Utd. Good luck to the football team and the new Kirknewton Pub darts team for the year ahead. More match reports in future issues of the Kirknewton News.

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Application for Full Membership I wish to apply for full membership of Kirknewton Community Development Trust and I can confirm: ● I am resident within the community (defined by the Kirknewton Community Council area) and I am 18 years of age or over ● I am entitled to vote in a local government election in a polling district that includes the community or part of it ● I support the aims and activities of Kirknewton Community Development Trust I understand that membership is free and that I will undertake to pay a maximum of £1 if requested on the winding up of the Company. Full Name................................................................................................................................................. Address (including postcode).................................................................................................................. Telephone Number.................................................................................................................................. Email Address ......................................................................................................................................... Signature: ................................................................................................................................................ A copy of Kirknewton Community Development Trust's Memorandum and Articles will be sent to each new member via email (or if this is not possible, by post).

Have your say in the development and management of the local community and facilities - become a member of the Kirknewton Community Development Trust (KCDT). Kirknewton Community Development Trust aims to: • Promote opportunities for learning and education • Encourage community-led development • Help and encourage local people to develop new skills • Promote protection and enhancement of the local environment • Promote energy efficiency in the home • Promote the use of renewable technology for generating electricity and heat • Relieve fuel poverty Kirknewton Community Development Trust is a member of the Development Trust Association Scotland. A copy of complete Memorandum and Articles for the Trust is available on request. Kirknewton Community Development Trust The Green Room, 12 Main Street, Kirknewton, EH27 8AH. Tel: 01506 883988 A Company Limited by Guarantee in Scotland No. 307425 Registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator No. SC037895

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Profile for Tony Foster

Kirknewton News Issue 2  

Second issue of the Kirknewton News, published by Kirknewton Community Development Trust

Kirknewton News Issue 2  

Second issue of the Kirknewton News, published by Kirknewton Community Development Trust


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