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A community participation exercise carried out on behalf of Kirknewton Community Development Trust

Hilton Associates December 2014 – January 2015 This project was supported by:


Contents A message from Stewart McKenna, Chair of Kirknewton Community Development Trust. .......................................................................................................................... 4 Kirknewton – an introduction ...................................................................................... 5 How this all happened: ............................................................................................... 6 About Kirknewton Community Development Trust: ................................................ 6 Seeking local knowledge ........................................................................................ 6 Aim of the work ....................................................................................................... 7 Why participatory appraisal? .................................................................................. 7 How it was done ......................................................................................................... 8 Who participated?................................................................................................... 8 Gathering the information ..................................................................................... 10 What people where asked: ................................................................................... 10 What people think about the area ......................................................................... 11 Organising the information.................................................................................... 11 Feeding back the information to the community ................................................... 12 What the community said about the area ................................................................. 12 What’s great about the area? ............................................................................... 13 What’s not so good about the area? ..................................................................... 15 What people would like to be changed or improved ............................................. 17 Youth views: Kirknewton Primary School ............................................................. 19 Conclusion ............................................................................................................... 22 Appendices .............................................................................................................. 24 Appendix 1: All comments: What people like (835 comments recorded) .............. 25 Appendix 2: All comments: What people don’t like (342 comments recorded) ..... 37 Appendix 3: All comments: Changes/Improvements (471 comments).................. 46 Appendix 4: Kirknewton Primary School............................................................... 57 Appendix 5: Maps with recorded site specific comments & ideas......................... 63

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Acknowledgements Thank you to everyone in Kirknewton who participated by sharing their ideas and opinions that have made this possible. To Kirknewton Community Development Trust (KCDT) who enabled this to happen and have willingly given their voluntary time to support the work. Also to the collaborative working of the trust Chief Executive Officer, the Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator and the Finance and Administrative Officer, particularly in promoting the work through the media, social networking and a poster campaign. To the Big Lottery fund for supporting the work with an award to the trust. To West Lothian Council Economic Development for the Ordnance Survey maps of the area. To the Community Council for supporting the work. Without all this help and support, we could not have done all this work. Copyright Maps West Lothian Council Licence No. 100037194, 2007 ŠCrown Copyright 2007. All rights reserved under West Lothian Council Licence. Process method & photographs Š Vikki Hilton This report is a record of all the ideas people shared during the community engagement work. A separate report has been prepared for the community views on the KCDT Scottish Land Fund Project. For more information contact: About Kirknewton Community Development Trust: Stewart McKenna (Chair) stew@onetel.com or Tony Foster: CEO KCDT tonykirknewton@gmail.com http://www.kirknewton.org/ The Green Room Kirknewton

About this community approach: Vikki Hilton Hilton Associates Ltd 3 Priory Grove South Queensferry EH30 9LZ vikki@hiltonassociates.com 0131 331 1523

The right of Victoria Hilton to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with SECTION 77 OF THE COPYRIGHT DESIGNS AND PATENTS ACT 1988.

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A message from Stewart McKenna, Chair of Kirknewton Community Development Trust.

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Kirknewton – an introduction Kirknewton lies about 10 miles to the south-west of Edinburgh in West Lothian. The village has an estimated population of 16801 people over the age of 16. Recent population figures based on the 2011 census data put the overall population at around 2000 people. Population Statistics Kirknewton

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1,648

1,933

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It is close to the A71 and only five miles from Edinburgh by-pass and three miles from Livingston. Despite this it is surprisingly rural and because of its past history it has a wide variety of housing styles and ages. Today, Kirknewton is a changing community, with new houses being built and new people moving into the area. It is close to good road links and has bus and train services. This community development work was undertaken on behalf of Kirknewton Community Development Trust (KCDT) by an independent community facilitator. This follows on from work undertaken in 2007 to engage the community around sustainable energy projects and community benefits. The 2007 work engaged 167 people in sharing their ideas about renewable energy projects. For more details see http://issuu.com/isihamba/docs/microsoft_word_-_kirknewton_newsletter_report In 2011 further community work engaged over 560 people and all the views people shared helped inform the preparation of the 2011-2014 community development plan. For more details see http://issuu.com/isihamba/docs/kirknewton_final_report2011.1?e=0 The current community engagement work is to build on the 2011 work and inform the new community development plan to run for the next 5 years up to 2020. As part of the broader community engagement work the participation team were asked to engage the community in thinking about, and commenting on how they felt about KCDT applying for funding from the Scottish Land Fund to purchase land at Camps East Junction. A separate report has been prepared for the Land purchase project. This report is a record of the ideas and opinions people shared that will help in shaping the 5 year community development plan to 2020. 1 2

Estimated population Statistics 30 June 2005, West Lothian Council http://www.citypopulation.de/php/uk-scotland.php?cityid=412001 accessed 4/01/2015

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How this all happened: About Kirknewton Community Development Trust: Kirknewton Community Development Trust3 is a local membership organisation. It is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Membership is open to anyone who lives in Kirknewton and is over 18 years of age. Kirknewton Community Development Trust aims are 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 The voluntary members of the local charitable trust established to manage these funds were keen to involve more local people in what should happen and to inform the next community development plan and future funding applications. This report includes a summary of what happened during the community work, who was involved and what people said. At the end of the report, in the appendices, there is a copy of all the views and ideas people recorded.

Seeking local knowledge A Participatory Appraisal (PA) approach was used which recognises the knowledge and values which already exist in an area. It is an informal, open, and transparent process, very often carried out by local people, and it is quite unlike most surveys and questionnaires. Participatory appraisal is about not making assumptions about what local people are interested in; it recognises their ability collectively to think about what it’s like living in the area, and to come up with their own solutions. At the start, no-one knew what would emerge – and that was important too. People on the trust committee have ideas but they really wanted to see what knowledge and ideas other people in the community have about what should be included in the future plan. The information in this report was gathered by the team of facilitators by talking with local people and recording everything that was said. In the end over 560 people shared their knowledge, ideas and opinions and over 2800 comments were recorded. This included 197 pupils from Kirknewton Primary School, 81 people who contributed to the online survey and the 41 people who came to the feedback event on 10th January 2015. This provides a good picture of what these people think about the Kirknewton area and what could be done to make it a better place to live and or work.

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So now KCDT, and anyone else who has a good reason to be interested in Kirknewton, can use this information to take forward any ideas which have emerged. With your help the trust will drive forward your ideas which will help bring about positive changes and improvements and help make Kirknewton an exemplar village.

Aim of the work The aim of the overall work was to ensure local views inform the preparation of the next 5 year community development plan and ensure it is based on community knowledge and solutions. The work aimed: • to reach as wide a cross-section of the community as possible in terms of age, gender and locality; • to encourage people to share their knowledge, ideas, opinions and solutions about the issues for their community and how positive changes might be implemented.

Why participatory appraisal? In order to understand how people feel about the area and find out what they would like to see happening, an approach was needed that would let people share their views about what they thought about the area, and make suggestions about what could be done to change or improve it. Participatory appraisal recognises that the people who live in the community have the knowledge and experience to comment on it, and specifically encourages reaching out beyond the “usual suspects”. It encourages people to share their ideas and knowledge about life and local conditions. It tries to involve as wide a cross section of local people as possible, and make sure there is equal representation. This means that those whose voices are not often heard or valued – “the hidden voices” – are heard. PA recognises that people’s lives and ideas and experiences are different and sometimes complex. So it reaches out to as many members of the community as possible, and does not try to create averages or demand that everyone is the same. A single comment may be highly significant and very useful. The use of visual methods enhances and encourages participation. These provide a structure, and act as a focus for discussion and analysis. If you would like to know more about this method of working, contact Vikki Hilton of Hilton Associates4 All the outcomes in this study are based on what people have said, and we have recorded them all as important. Please do read all the comments in the appendices.

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How it was done The overall community development participation exercise was promoted through flyers and posters as well as through Email, Twitter and Kirknewton Facebook page. The work was carried out collaboratively by Vikki Hilton who specialises in community development approaches and methods and KCDT, particularly working with Tony Foster, the Chief Executive Officer and the KCDT Staff.

Who participated? The team spent from 9th to 23rd December 2014 working in the community encouraging local people to share their ideas and opinions about the area and the land purchase project. It culminated with a drop-in feedback event run from 1000 to 1700 on Saturday 10th January 2015. Overall 561 people participated, this included 81 of them through the online survey, 197 from Kirknewton Primary School and 41 at the feedback event on January 10th 2015. This was a fantastic level of interest. We were particularly encouraged by the thoughtful response people made on the online survey which extended the range of people who were able to participate. Four of the people who participated recorded that they were registered disabled. The community engagement work included working in the village and wider community council area at different times of the day during the week and weekend days. This meant walking around the area knocking on doors and visiting groups to ensure a wide range of people had a chance to share their ideas. The map shows were the team went in the village in addition to meeting groups. In addition we drove around the wider area to ensure people from Humbie, Newlands, Leyden, Ormiston, Overton, Belstane etc had an opportunity to participate. The team worked with groups at the Green Room, the Toddler group, the Church Coffee morning and the Kozy Kafe. In addition the KCDT staff worked with the Youth Group and Mother and Baby Group in the Green Room. Everyone who participated put a dot on a map to show where they lived and a tick to show what age they were. The maps and charts below shows the wide spread of people who took part in different parts of the village. Each dot represents a household. 8


This was done to make sure that a wide range of people, young to older, women and men from all over the area were reached.

The charts below shows the range of ages of people who participated. This does not include the 197 primary and nursery children from Kirknewton Primary School who also participated. By the end over 560 people had participated with a good range of ages and a fair geographical distribution. This shows enormous interest within the community and is evidence of the increased awareness of KCDT and interest in what is happening in the community. It also shows people have a real interest in being involved in improving Kirknewton as a place to live and work in. In the work carried out in 2007 there was far less awareness of the Trust and then 167 people participated in the community engagement work. In 2010/11 a similar number of people participated but this time there were a lot more comments and more positive comments. This shows how closely the age ranges of participants met the population profile of the village

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Gathering the information This work was carried out from December 9th to 23rd with feedback on January 10th 2015. The team went out and about in the area during the weekdays and weekends knocking on doors to ensure a wide range of people participated. This was a way of making sure people who had not heard about the work or couldn’t get to meetings also participated. They also worked with groups including: Kosy Kafe – Parent and Toddler Group – Kirknewton Primary School – Church Coffee morning -Groups/Individuals at the Green Room – Youth Group In addition they visited the sheltered accommodation run by Real Life Options at Humbie and the Cyrenians Farm also at Humbie as well as involving more people living in the community catchment wider area. Everyone’s participation was recorded by age and gender and where they lived to ensure we reached people living in all parts of the village. In total just over 560 people participated, including the primary school children. Over 2800 comments were recorded including the primary children and the land purchase question. An enormous number of ideas and opinions that will help the trust in taking forward community plans. The team used a visual diagram to ensure openness and no pre-determined closed questions. These are open methods that enable people to share the ideas and solutions they have to what it’s like in the community. The online survey followed a similar format to the face to face method.

What people where asked: What’s it like living / working in the Kirknewton area? They were asked to rank how they felt from 1-10 with 10 being great and then to think about and record: 1. What’s great about living in the area? Makes it a good place to live? 2. What gaps/ barriers are there currently for you in the community? What’s not so good about living in the area? 3. What would make Kirknewton an even better place to live (work) in? & why?

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People who shared their ideas had lived this long in the community 45

People were also asked how long they had lived in the area to make sure recent and long term residents were included in the process.

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This approach and method is different to surveys and questionnaires with predefined questions. It encourages people to focus and reflect on the issues that are important to them.

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Not everyone wanted to record how they felt about the area. However 266 people were happy to record how they felt and the diagram above shows that the large majority of them were positive about the area. We didn’t ask the primary school or Kosy CafÊ young people this question because of the way their meetings were run.

Organising the information All the ideas people shared meant that a vast amount of information was amassed and it had to be managed in some way. There were over 2800 comments as well as drawings from some of the primary school children. Every comment was recorded and some strong themes emerged from them. The team had also gained some initial impressions of what ideas were emerging and these helped to confirm the main themes in discussion with the KCDT CEO. Whichever way the information was looked at there might have been different ways of categorising it. You may see different themes but what has emerged, in the end, 11


we are confident give a good impression of what the people of Kirknewton think are important issues. All the recorded comments are in the appendices. The young people at Kirknewton Primary School shared their ideas and these are summarised on pages 15 to 19 with details in appendix 4.

Feeding back the information to the community One of the features of Participatory Appraisal is to give prompt feedback to the community; this was done in several ways during the process. • Through Twitter and facebook as the work was going on.. • At a drop-in event on Saturday 10th January 2015 from 10 am to 5pm, 41 people took part.

Electronic feedback: In addition the CEO added details to the Kirknewton Facebook and used twitter to feedback information. There is this report and a report specifically for the Scottish Land Fund application. In addition feedback will be via facebook, copies of the two reports will be available on line and through the Trust at the Green Room. It is planned to produce a community newsletter reporting the main outcomes. What now This information will be used to develop the community plan and assist with funding applications as well as providing a good basis for understanding the community needs and aspirations.

What the community said about the area This section is a summary of what people most liked about the area, things they didn’t like so much and things they think will improve life in the area. What people said is summarised in diagrams and discussed on the following pages. All the comments people made are in the appendix which people are encouraged to read. The appendix includes maps where site specific comments are noted; these are in addition to the comments and relate to specific areas in the village. They all make a fascinating read. 12


The recorded ideas and opinions have been categorised into general themes but could be categorised differently depending on how you look at them. The trust has a complete record so can use the basic information to apply for different grants and use to develop the community plan. The really good thing about the Proportion of comments by things people LIKE, DISLIKE & would like to see CHANGED/IMROVED community participation is that there were well over twice as many positive comments as negative comments and a good Changes proportion of ideas and opinions for changes or improvements. Likes This gives a real sense of an engaged community.

Dislikes

What’s great about the area? Proportion of comments by categories that people who participated LIKED about living/working in the area

Activities 7%

KCDT 1%

Miscellaneous 1% Community Spirit 24%

Facilities 28%

General 24% Transport 6%

Location 9%

Likes 835 comments There were an enormous number of comments about what people liked about living/working in the area. Although we broke them into separate categories over half the comments came under Community Spirit, General comments and Location. They were all about how great a place Kirknewton is to live in. Kirknewton Community Development Trust got a number (12) of very positive comments with someone saying “Community Development Trust helps foster community spirit and involvement as well as engaging people in events and activities” 1. Community Spirit – 198 People talked about the community spirit, friendliness and helpfulness of the area. A feeling of community came across with comments like “excellent community spirit” 13


and “a lovely village with a great sense of community, not a sprawling housing estate”. 2. General comments 197 Similar in many ways to the category community spirit in the general comments people talked about living in the area all their lives, it being clean and quiet and of loving it in the village. Comments like “Love the fact that it’s a wee village” and a “safe” place 3. Location 77 This category links to the two above with people liking the easy access to Edinburgh and Livingston and the countryside with its rural feel. People talked about it being rural and quiet but close to employment. 4. Facilities 232 In general people liked the facilities in the village, the shops, the pub, the post office, the new chemist and good local amenities. Specifically the Green room came in for lots of positive comments with people saying they “loved it” and a “great asset”. People also commented positively on the school and park. Because the pharmacy had just opened people used words like “brilliant” and “a great asset”. People also talked about the post office but with concern that it may close 5. Activities 55 People liked the Gala Day, Christmas activities, Craft Fair and other activities such as Potter Around and the Kosy Café. Someone said “ Seen enormous positive change over time. Lots of activities now. There’s play groups, after school. Lots of facilities in the village” 6. Transport 53 This was partially to do with Kirknewton's central position close to a good road system, the airport and trains and buses. Someone said “Transport links pretty good – have used bus and train and Park and Ride”. It is evident from all the responses that there are differing views on public transport with some people seeing improvements over time whilst others calling for more reliable and more frequent buses, in particular.

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What’s not so good about the area? Proportion of comments by categories that people DISLIKED about the living/working in the area Miscellaneous 4% Housing 3%

Paths 1%

Infrastructure 9%

Traffic Management 9%

Antisocial 10% Location 1%

Transport 27%

Facilities 36%

Dislikes 342 comments There were considerably less things people didn’t like so much about the area, in fact nearly 500 less comments than the positive ones. Two interesting comments about the location of Kirknewton was that it really fell between Edinburgh and West Lothian and further that it was often overlooked by West Lothian Council as it was so close to the Edinburgh border. The main things people had issues with were as follows: 1. Facilities 125 This category included a lot of general comments about lack of a cafÊ, need for a pub that served meals One of the issues that was very important in the outlying community council area was the poor broadband speed. This was particularly commented on in Humbie and Newlands. This impacted on local businesses and people working from home. Another issue in this section is around the lack of a doctor in the village. Of particular concern is for people without a car and having to use buses as well as concerns over space for more patients at the surgery. Someone also suggested there being a need for the village to become more dementia friendly with the aging population. Again as in previous work there is concern over the lack of things for teenagers to do, The Park was also seen as lacking in facilities for older youths. Comments were made about the lack of support for older people. So people were looking at the needs of all ages and concerned about gaps in provision. 15


2. Public transport 92 This included general transport issues and specific bus and rail issues. Many of the issues people raised were similar to the work done four years ago. People particularly had issues over the reliability of the buses, with buses often running late. Cost was another issue as well as concerns as to how all the new house being built in East Calder will affect the service. Again, as people said four years ago, links to Balerno for the high school children are non-existent. This means the young people cannot fully participate in after school activities unless parents collaborate with pickups. Both adults and young people commented on this issue. The level crossing at the station was described as “horrific” and “down to long”. Previously there were concerns that there was no barrier so whilst some people are pleased others are having difficulty with it. There are suggestions in the changes section about shortening the length of time the barrier is down. 3. Anti-social behaviour 33 The issue of dog mess irritates a number of people with someone saying “owners are the problem”. There are also concerns about the lack of police presence in the village and by some people a perception of increasing youth anti-social behaviour. 4. Traffic management 30 This is an area of concern that was identified in the earlier community work 4 years ago. Speeding at the entry to the village and parking issues along the main street are still issues. Someone commented that it will “take 2 children being killed before anything is done”. Another parking issue is at school drop off and pick up times when cars even park across peoples driveways. Another issue for people in Kirknewton Court is that the Concealed Entrance sign on Station Road is blocked from sight by a tree. Some of these are little issues but dealing with them would have a positive impact.

5. Infrastructure 31 This covers 2 main areas. The first being issues people have in the Kaimes area with blocked drains and lack of maintenance of roads. This is an ongoing issue that was raised in the 201/11 work. Please see the comments in Appendix 2 . The other issues in this category are around road care in winter and things like no lights on the roads in the Humbie area.

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6. Housing 10 A couple of people mentioned a lack of 4/5 bedroom houses in the village and others talked about , a lack of council accommodation and lack of elderly housing.

What people would like to be changed or improved Proportion of comments by category that people would like to see CHANGED/IMPROVED in the area

Housing 2%

Miscellaneous 6% Antisocial 3%

Infrastructure 8%

Disability Issues 1%

Public transport 16%

Traffic Management 7%

Activities 14% Facilities 43%

Changes 471 comments People had many ideas about what could be done to make Kirknewton an even better place to live, some of them are similar to the 2010/11 work like improving or new facilities and more activities. Public transport remains an issue of concern with buses identified as needing the most change to improve service. People have the same concerns over congestion on the High Street and traffic entering the village too fast as they did in 2010/11. 1. Facilities 207 In general people wanted a cafĂŠ of some kind or family restaurant and food available in the pub. Accommodation providers in the area said there was nowhere local they could send visitors for a meal except for further along the A71. There was concern that the post office would close and a couple of businesses said it would be really difficult for them if it closed. People liked the local shop but made suggestions for ways it could improve. The park came in for lots of suggestions for improvements which can all be seen in Appendix 3 and from the primary children in Appendix 4. This is mainly to improve facilities for older primary age children and teenagers. For instance things like a flying fox, skate park, bigger climbing frame and slide as well as improving the football pitch. People were very keen, as they were in 2010/11 to have even a part time doctor visiting the village.

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The Green Room was highlighted as a very good facility but people also had useful suggestions as to how it could be even better. 2. Public transport 77 People wanted a more reliable, cheaper bus service with buses starting earlier for workers. Again concerns were raised about the lack of a bus link to Balerno where the majority of young people go onto high school. 3. Activities 68 In this category there is a focus on more activities for different age groups including the elderly, For instance more for the 9-14/15 age group and then again things for older high school students even a motor bike maintenance group. But the emphasis was on asking those age groups what sort of things they are interested in. This could even just be a safe, warm, dry place to meet. 4. Infrastructure 40 Some of these comments related to issues over gritting and keeping roads and paths cleared. An important issue raised by someone living in Humbie was the lack of lighting on the bridge over the railway line linking the village to Humbie area.

Also the path is very muddy and particularly difficult in the winter. There were comments about tidying the place up, particularly in Kaimes area and widening the pavement by Hill House Wynd. 5. Traffic management 32 Traffic in the Main Street remains a problem as does car parking by the school, particularly at opening and closing times. Someone suggested people who are able to walk should walk to school and the shops. It was also suggested that a “pick up train� could be started with adults taking a group of children to school. There was also a suggestion of yellow lines on the corners of Main Street near the shops. There are lots of suggestions for improvements in Appendix 3. 6. Disability issues 6 There were a number of suggestions for improving access in and around the village for people with disabilities. Someone even volunteered to help with a disability audit

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Youth views: Kirknewton Primary School On December 19 2014, Tony Foster, CEO of KCDT and Sam Murray, Facilitator for Hilton Associates were invited to talk to the whole school at Friday morning Assembly. Tony told the young people what was going on and why their ideas and opinions were so important to include in the community engagement work. Sam then asked the young people to think about the things they really like, don’t like so much and changes they would like to see happening. They were asked to talk about, and write or draw their ideas in groups after school assembly and worked with the facilitator to share all the ideas.

The picture above shows the primary school children’s ideas on display at the feedback event on January 10th 2015. Below are charts and a few pictures to show the sort of ideas the children shared. In addition all the ideas they recorded can be found in Appendix 4. KCDT has a copy of the pictures the young people also produced to share their ideas. 197 Children shared their IDEAS! What they like about living in Kirknewton

What they don’t like about living in Kirknewton

What they would like to see changed or improved to make it an even better place to live

The charts and pictures below show what the young people at the primary school think about living in the area. There were many more ideas for changes and improvements to the area, most of them around improvements to the park and more shops. Although the children liked the park there were lots of comments about having more equipment for older children and improving the football pitch. Read all the comments in appendix 4 to understand more about their ideas and opinions. 19


Proportion of comments by categories that Kirknewton Primary School children LIKED about living in the area

Miscellaneous 17%

Facilities 25%

Transport 4% Houses 4% School 10% Shops 23%

Park 17%

This is an example of the some of the things the young people liked:

Proportion of comments by categories that Kirknewton Primary School children DISLIKED about living in the area

Miscellaneous 23%

Activities/Facilities 26%

Transport 15%

Anti-social behaviour 13% School 3%

Park 20%

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An example of something the children disliked:

Things the young people would like to see changed or improved Proportion of comments by categories that Kirknewton Primary School children would like to see changed or improved in the area Miscellaneous 2%

Facilities 9%

Transport 6% Shops/café 18% Activities 29%

School 8%

Park 28%

These show some of the things they would like to see changed or improved:

Read the comments in Appendix 4 to see all the ideas the children shared. Two groups prioritised their ideas for changes and improvements separately; they are in particular order Group priority: • Café for everyone 21


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A library A swimming pool A telephone box A waterproof shelter

Group priority: • Bakery • Bigger school • Bigger slide • Café • Christmas decorations • Doctors

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Fix Potter Around road More time at School Place for wildlife Swimming Pool Toys in Green Room Village Sports Days

In taking forward the ideas of younger people in the village it is important that the Trust continues to engage with them and ensure that any improvements to the park area are done in collaboration with all users. In 2010/11 improvements were made to the park area as a result of community participation. However it is evident from feedback from the primary school children and other age groups that there is a lot more that could be done to make it a better park for all. Further Information We would strongly recommend that you read all the comments. You will find them in full in the appendix. There will also be copies of the reports available through Tony Foster, in the Green Room and on the KCDT web site.

Conclusion The KCDT group now has the opportunity to use community ideas to take forward opportunities and projects locally. It was clear from the comments people made; and working in the area again after a further 4 years that the village has a lot more going on and increased social-cohesion. There are more local events and activities all help bring people together and increase the feel of community People had many ideas about what could be done to make Kirknewton an even better place to live; some of them are similar to the 2010/11 work like improving or new facilities and more activities. The village is seen as a friendly place, with good community spirit, easy access to Edinburgh, Livingston and the countryside with some good facilities. The park is reported as good but it is clear things still need to be improved to make it a good place for all ages. Older children would like things in the park they can enjoy and it is clear something needs to be done to improve facilities for other sports. People are still suggesting a bigger hall, bigger than the community hall with storage spaces for sports equipment. Public transport remains an issue of concern with buses identified as needing the most change to improve service. The longstanding issue of buses to Balerno was talked about and is something the Community Council and Trust are keen to resolve. 22


People have the same concerns over congestion on the High Street and traffic entering the village to fast as they did in 2010/11. The Trust and Community Council have been working hard to bring positive changes related to traffic issues and community comments in this report will help reinforce and support their work. The work in 20110/11 highlighted the need for a place to meet and eat like a café or the pub serving food. Whilst people can get a coffee at the Green Room and are made very welcome it is not quite the same as a stand alone café. People are still suggesting a café or restaurant in the village. Perhaps lessons can be taken from other areas which have opened community cafes such as in Portobello through Breadshare – a social enterprise. The Community Food and Health Scotland Report into Community Cafés give examples and can be found at www.communityfoodandhealth.org.uk A suggestion was made for a local Business Association and another person asked the Trust to work collaboratively with local businesses to ensure they don’t compete. Whilst the community engagement work was going on the news that the school would temporarily close for the 2015/16 school year was released. Fortunately it did not dominate the community work although there is no doubt the villagers were concerned, particularly at the lack of consultation. From the comments people made it is clear that the school is a valued part of the community. An astonishing amount of information has been shared by the community which makes for interesting and useful reading. It is an excellent starting point for developing the next 5 year community plan and can be used by other community organisations as well as the trust to target funds and apply for additional funds to support local initiatives. We are confident and pleased that, as a result of this exercise, even more people know about KCDT and the Green Room and have had a chance to share their issues, ideas and opinions about life in the village. This work will help inform the direction of the community development plan and provide support for taking community ideas forward. Several things emerged that will need to be revisited to continue this process: Again as in previous work there is concern over the lack of things for teenagers to do. In this exercise participation by teenagers was lower than hoped for a number of reasons. A targeted participation exercise could be led by the Youth Development Worker over the next few months to ensure their views are incorporated into the development plan. This work should be carried out with different age ranges so as to meet their needs. Additional work with older people in the community around the proposed land purchase and activities for older people.

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Appendices Appendix 1: All comments: What people like Appendix 2: All comments: What people don’t like Appendix 3: All comments: Changes/Improvements Appendix 4: All comments: Kirknewton Nursery & Primary School Appendix 5: Maps with recorded site specific comments and ideas

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Good behaviour from children Good community 2 Good community feel Good community spirit Good community spirit & facilities Good for children Good for families Good for kids x 2 Good neighbours – a lot of kindness Good neighbours x 4 Good neighbours, feels small, homely, good support Good place for children growing up Good place to bring up our children Good sense of community, Great place Good to have a growing, young community – a good mix of ages Good village to bring up kids Good with children Great community x 3 Great community spirit Great community spirit of support & being very welcoming Great community spirit, lots of things going on. Great community spirit. Community groups accessible to residents Great community through Facebook page and local advertising Great for Children Great for kids Great neighbours Great place for kids growing up Great sense of community Happy place Happy, nice neighbours Has a great sense of community High community spirit High community spirit I feel safe in knowing that everybody looks out for each other and it's like one big family I find everyone very friendly I have lived in Kirknewton since I was a teenager and have brought all my children up here. In the past 7 years we have made lots of friends - lots of people at a similar stage of life to us. It feels like a place that is on the up.

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Its community, people recognise you, speak to you & take pride in being part of Kirknewton. It's friendly, i.e. little village, lot of friends, good place to have children. It's very special, compared with other places, very lucky to be here. I've got an autistic boy – everybody talks to him because he's a nice boy, very approachable & happy & sometimes needs help. Kirknewton Facebook good Konnect is useful Like it more now retired & bring grandchild to Toddler Group. When working, not so concerned. Like living in a community Like the village – community spirit Like the village community Live in Widows Row & it’s good as we all help each other Local people Lot more people over last 20 years Lots of changes & had been quite a division between long term residents & newer people. I think it's easier to integrate now. Lots of young families & less of a division. Lots of children same as our children's age Lots of friends Lots of kids friends in village Lots of local information through Konnect Lots of lovely people. Lots to do for younger children, toddlers Love community spirit, community spirit has got better – maybe the Trust doing more events like at Christmas, not sure. Love it for the people Lovely people Lovely sense of community and looking out for each other/helping each other out. Lovely wee community More going on & more effort made by people More relaxed atmosphere here – not to be in East Calder

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More sense of a community over last 5 years, possibly with the village expansion. My family all live here My friends are here Near friends Neighbours really nice Nice community x 2 Nice friendly people Nice neighbours. Nice people x 2 Nice place to grow up – I had a good childhood Nice quiet village with great community spirit. Nice spirit in the area Nice village/community feel Nice, friendly Not now – all new people Part of a small community x 2 People x 3 People – everyone really nice People all very friendly People are friendly People friendly People kind People quick to help Positive community feeling Quite happy & have good family & have all I need – people come to me. Really good active community spirit, everyone seems to get involved. People have pride in where they live. Really good neighbours Really nice and engaged community Sense of community Sense of Community, feel fairly safe Size – still sense of community Small community and friendly people

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Small community x 3 Small village – practically know everyone I see - I know through our friends & parents. The people, community based events The sense of community spirit in Kirknewton has really grown in the last few years & village society has somewhat recovered from the departure of HM forces. There is an amazing sense of community The community is friendly Used to be a friendly community – not so much now Used to everyone, but bit lonely now as live on own Used to feel if you weren't local then not accepted, but that's changed especially with a lot of families moving in. Very friendly people Very friendly place, always someone who will help Very friendly x 2 Very welcoming village Village community Village life and attitudes Village spirit – was involved with the Primary School Visiting – collecting grandchild, but has good community feel Was better community when the Army here Was born here and love it We have lots of friends here. Wonderful community – great family orientated activities & sense of community for all.

GENERAL - 197 Absolutely love it • Before this winter I would have said Affordable houses, nice neighbours, 'safe', although I'm not sure this is quite and safe. something I generally feel anymore. Also good friends from Playgroup days! • Born & bred here Always lived here • Born here – my roots Atmosphere of village life • Brilliant Because it's not too big everyone • Brought children up in Kirknewton – was friendly good for them, it was safe • Brought up in a village

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Centre of the universe Cheaper place to buy houses Clean air Close to city but feel in country Close to countryside Convenient to Edinburgh Country living Countryside – brought up on a farm so suits me Don't know any other place – lived my whole life here Enjoy the area Everyone knows each other Family orientated. Family-orientated I love the Gala in the summer and the other community events that are put on throughout the year. Feels safe. Fantastic walks locally – dog owner Feel safe most important Feel safe x 2 Feels a safe place to bring up children, that's why we moved here Feels more rural – fields Generally safe place Good as it is Good walks for dog Great being in countryside Great for running, cycling around area Lovely community feeling in the village Great place to live, good for grandchildren Happy with what's going on in Kirknewton Here to see family – know all is nice & quite Housing very good (new house) Husband works from home I like that it’s not got a massive population & not all the facilities of a town – re like a doctor but only 1.5 miles to a doctor & he does home visits. Maybe we need to be more active about asking for home visits. I was brought up in a village so Kirknewton ideal In better weather it's safe for kids to go out & play In country, but near to town

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In countryside & no pollution In the country but in civilisation, close to airport (Humbie) In the country but near the city Isolation – i.e. not in the town It's a village – not the city. Easy access to fields & livestock It's clean It's quiet It's quite quiet & not many cars It's the right size Just like it Kirknewton is a lovely area Know lots of people. Like it's small Like living here Like living in the country Like quiet area Like the area x 3 Like the fact its small, everyone knows everyone Like the size – good size to get to know people Like the village – no problems Like to be a bit isolated Like village life, came to be near daughter Liked ever since came here Lots of good walks with dogs Lots of stuff close to us Lots of stuff to do - very adventurous Love it x 3 Love living here x 2 Love the fact it's a wee village, friendly Love village Lovely Lovely area Lovely community especially with kids Lovely place Lovely place to live Low Crime Manageable size Always improving More rural setting Moved for garden & family recently Nae vandalism Nature Near to countryside Never any trouble x 2 Nice & peaceful

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Nice & quiet x 4 Nice countryside Nice place Nice place to be & enjoy it Nice place to bring up family Nice small village Nice, quiet, peaceful No traffic – not much Not a lot of hassle Not much traffic so quiet. Not polluted Not too big Open space, peace & quiet (Humbie) Openness, views, semi-rural aspect, peace, fresh air. All the things you don't pay for but have a huge value Out in the country Outside of Edinburgh Partner buried in Cemetery so close to him Paths better Peace Peace & quiet x 3 Peace & tranquillity Peaceful x 7 Pleasant place to live Pretty good – what I know is good Quiet & peaceful, not much trouble Quiet at Humbie. Still part of community. Quiet village Quiet x 16 Quietness Quite safe Really like it in Kirknewton Really like the village, countrified but close to Edinburgh Really quiet Relatively quiet Relatively safe Rural & peaceful Rural area Rural area but close to city Rural area/wildlife Rural but convenient Rural feel

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Rural feel but accessible to Edinburgh & Livingston Safe safe & a great place to bring up kids Safe as a place for children Safe community Safe for kids out & about Safe place Safe place to live and play for children Safe spaces Safe to live here – lived in Kirknewton all my life Safety Serves my needs Small & quiet village Small village – don't want it to get overbuilt Small village feel So quiet Somewhere safe for son to grow up Still a village Such a nice area The size of the village Unique Very quiet Village Village feel with shop & pub Village life Walking in Pentlands – have informal walking group every fortnight – about 8 miles Walks & views good We have one of the allotments and love that. We were able to build our own house Wee village We're lucky compared to other places When I first came I loved the countryside feel, but now with children it's great for them. Whole rural environment, lots of open space Wholesome village Woods & wildlife: Lots of birds, foxes, badgers

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Access to outdoors, country views, park, shop, post office, pharmacy, pub & chip shop. Good location, Quiet but very near Edinburgh and also Livingston. Good walks nearby. Peace and quiet after living in the City Centre for many years All close to other places Away from centre of Edinburgh Close to amenities Close to city – Edinburgh, & Livingston Close to Edinburgh Close to Edinburgh & Livingston Close to others in community Close to school, train Convenient for work Countryside Easy commute to Edinburgh – well serviced for small village Easy for commuting Easy to get to, no rush hour in Kirknewton except school area Everything around us – really appreciate the location Get to walks at Water of Leith – Balerno & Currie Good for commuting Handy for work

FACILITIES General: 122 • All facilities – shop, pub, Post Office & new chemist • All we need for essentials: shop, new pharmacy good. • Always buy local • Have several shops • Awfully nice in the shop – anything they'll do to help • Basic & essential service i.e. shop, Post Office, the Green Room, Village hall, Church Hall. • Bingo on Monday nights in pub – lots of elderly • Chemist is good - handy • Chemist is good especially for old people • Chemist open – good

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In countryside & easily get to other places Kids can walk places Location – like living on outskirts Lot of country – more wide open spaces than Edinburgh Near country & near town Nice walks Not far from towns Not too far from Edinburgh Not too far from Edinburgh for work & airport as go to London a lot Out of Edinburgh Proximity to Edinburgh & Livingston Proximity to Pentland Hills, walking & wildlife Quite free & you play lots of games Rural but close to City Rural but close to employment The location, so handy for everything Views, Pentlands, location Village feel but near major cities Village life with easy access to city/ town. Lovely surroundings. Quiet Village life with lots of local country side and not too far from either Livingston or Edinburgh Walk dog – gets me out at my age

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PARK: 26 • Big park • Excellent park facilities • Good children's facilities i.e. play park & Toddler Group in Church • Kid's park • Lovely local park. • Love the park • Have our own park • Nice park, well equipped • Nice play park, well maintained GREEN ROOM: 47 • Always activities in Green Room, & Village Hall i.e. Boxercise (Monday) • Aware of Green Room • Coffee shop would have been good, but Green Room now in use for many clubs and classes, with coffee available! • Facilities like the Green Room, things for children • Good changes in recent years. Kirknewton Community Development Trust doing a smashing job. There should be more recognition for the people who have done work for the community, e.g. the Green Room. • Green Room great asset • Green Room x 2 • Green Room – go quite a lot – good for activities • Green Room – have fun playing on Tablet • Green room – homework classes • Green Room – lots of activities for all • Green Room – moving in right direction for young people • Green Room – nice to pop-in & have a chat/coffee

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Park – monkey bars, roundabout, gym Park good x 10 Park is super for grandchildren Park looks very nice. Plenty of green spaces Park really good Play park is amazing Playground has improved We have a super park.

Green Room – to meet up with people & community events Green Room appears to be being well used and provides a good addition to village life Green Room fantastic Green Room good x 2 Green Room good – has movies Green Room good as a meeting place Green Room good for community Green Room good for kids Green Room great Green Room great & clubs for kids, playgroups etc. Green Room helped with community spirit – more able to get together Green Room is a great facility Green Room is benefit Green room is good – use every week Green Room is good, lots going on Green Room is very good – could be used more but that will grow. Green Room very energy efficient Green room very good Heard Green Room is good

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My wife goes to Green Room to catch up with friends & have coffee My wife uses the Green Room Room an asset, children can do homework there, chat there, coffee, use internet See there's lots of things in Green Room – good for kids Starting a family very soon and looking forward to attending the green room and sampling more of the community facilities. Wonderful new Green Room

School. We moved here to access a village school for our children. If the school closes the village will decline rapidly. KCDT needs to be on board to support the community & ensure our school stays open!!! Nice local school Particularly school – breakfast & after school clubs & involve community in their activities. Primary kids are great – don't give cheek Primary school School x 2 School – daughter likes School – kids enjoy School is really good School is very good School walking distance from home School's fabulous

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More activities in last few years Playgroup Playgroup at Hall is good Playgroup at Village Hall Playgroup in Community Hall – leader is fantastic (Tuesday & Thursday) Plenty extra curricular activities available (although more for girls). Potter Around Seen enormous positive change over time. Lots of activities now. There's play groups, after school. Lots of facilities in village. So much going on for such a small village i.e. Toddler Group, Craft Fair, Potter Around, Community Hall There's a lot for people to do in Kirknewton Use the facilities Was involved with Gala for 7 years We have a youth club Women's Rural in Church monthly You get to hire out the hall for parties & fund raising Youth Club Youth club for grandchild, but only small 53 Good communication – bus, trains, airport Good contacts = transport links Good train service. Good transport – train & bus good transport links x 2 Great public transport links by bus and train I like the train It's handy for work – transport – train & bus good Like where I live, its central but in the countryside Livingston is close by for shopping Near airport No trams Not too far away from Edinburgh & Livingston OK bus service Public transport much better than it was 40 years ago Public transport not too bad

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KIRNEWTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST - 12 Benefit has come from the work of • KCDT work is excellent, wonderful – KCDT engaging with community through Changed & lots of improvements in the Connect magazine last 8 years • Kirknewton Community Development Community Development Trust helps Trust (KCDT) - good foster community spirit and • Lot better KCDT is addressing the issues involvement, as well as engaging people • Lot better than it used to be in events and activities. Good Development Trust • When I first moved here in 1998 it Great work done by the Green Room to wasn't a very inclusive village. However, get people more involved. I now feel that there has been a great I think it is wonderful that our improvement in community spirit and volunteers are celebrated every second engagement with villagers with the establishment (and hard work) of Tony year with the awards dinner. KCDT has made a big difference Foster and the rest of the Development Trust. MISCELLANEOUS Amazing ante-natal group in East Calder • • through medical centre Appreciate cleaning services – applaud • food waste uplift • Better service at East Calder Post Office • Council did not make a good job of • pensioner’s houses where they put • ramps.

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Appendix 2: All comments: What people don’t like (342 comments recorded) What gaps / barriers are there currently in the community? What's not so good?

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LOCATION - 2 Feel we are too near Edinburgh to be part of West Lothian but too far west to be part of Edinburgh and fall between the 2 Kirknewton being often overlooked by the council as it's on the border between Edinburgh and WLC in main services such as speed signs which seem to be frequent in both council areas but not in Kirknewton

TRANSPORT General: 9 • Bus and train services could be more • frequent. • • Bus/train service could be better • • No footbridge at level crossing • • Public transport • Public transport frequency Buses: 57 • After school buses needed to High School activities • School buses to Balerno need to be changed • Because Kirknewton is small, not much going on, but the problem is transport to friends in Balerno. • Better bus service • Better buses for children going to Balerno high school. • Bus – irregular – not come always on time • Bus a bit unreliable • Bus infrequent • Bus links to Balerno • Bus service x 2 • Bus service – unreliable • Bus service could be better. • Bus service 'iffy' • Bus service is hit or miss • Bus service poor – only 1 bus route. Continually raise issue – bus doesn't turn up & often 1 hour to wait, though rail crossing holds things up. • Bus service poor – only 1 route & no LRT • Bus service reasonable but not that reliable.

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Bus service sometimes unreliable First buses are not reliable at all Bus service unreliable Bus service. Buses a nightmare, Sunday only 1 an hour – main issue Buses are expensive for an unreliable service. Buses are poor – Lothian Buses Buses are very expensive, it's difficult to cycle anywhere from the village as the A70 and A71 are fast and busy School buses Buses not so good, worse in bad weather. 28 route unreliable, 27 better. If any problems in Kirknewton buses don't come through Buses terrible. In bad weather buses stop. More buses go through Wilkieston Decent public transport on a Sunday!! Feel isolated (Leyden) have to use a car First Bus has a monopoly of buses. Only 1 route & doesn't always turn up. First Bus so unreliable First bus useless. A more reliable public bus service First buses unreliable & expensive

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I think the bus service could be a lot better 2 an hour is pretty poor. If bus service better, would be brilliant Infrastructure travel to Edinburgh is expensive It is just the usual public transport issues - especially between the village and Balerno (I am thinking of the High School kids who go to clubs or want to meet friends). Lack of transportation for residents who do not drive. Bus services not frequent enough. Need to take 2 buses to doctors if haven't got a car No LRT bus service Only one Bus service Poor and expensive bus service. No frequent and reliable bus service (28 bus service is none of these) The bus service is poor and the fact that it is limited to just the city e.g. option for the Gyle, RIE, western general. Also no night bus and last bus not that late Lacking bus links to East Calder doctor’s surgery & after school links with Balerno.

Rail: 26 • Barrier (rail) a pain! • Barrier at station is a pain – down for ages. Seems to be down for longer than it needs to be. • Barriers at station often come down & long time until train comes – 10 minutes quite often • Barriers at the railway are annoying. • Barriers breaking down. • Length of time barrier down • Level crossing • Level crossing a nightmare – far too long a wait. Seen 2 fire engines stuck on other side trying to get into village. Kingsknowe (on same route) still has old system & no problem, so why was ours changed? • Level crossing horrific because takes ages, unpredictable

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Poor bus service Poor bus service – I don't drive & feel trapped. 2,000 homes being built in East Calder & will affect transport – often I have to stand from work in Edinburgh to here. Poor bus service – times poor, often bus taken off, so if doctor's appointment have to get earlier one in case it's late or not at all. Public transport isn't the best. Bus unreliable and train only every hour. Sunday buses The bus service is very poor; there are rarely buses to Balerno and also the first buses are rarely on time and are very expensive. Transport grossly overpriced – First Bus has a monopoly e.g. £1.20 from Hillview to Kirknewton station. Buses don't turn up. Dependent on car. Transport to Edinburgh - buses often run late. Unreliable bus service Wider bus service that connects

Level crossing long wait barriers going down – last week 13 minutes Level crossing mucked up – never before like this – long waits. Should be a tunnel. Level crossing nightmare – barrier down far too long Level crossing not great now with new barrier Level crossing waiting times. New fence by railway at east of village is an eyesore, without any apparent sympathy to the countryside. Poor frequency of trains to/from Edinburgh. Rail barriers down for ages, can sit for 8 minutes + Railway busy Railway crossing – breaks down. Up & down all the time. Sometimes down half an hour before train comes. New

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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT - 30 A71 getting slower due to increasing • Parking on the Main Street. • People Park across the drive of a house traffic Busy road from Station to B71 on Station Road – Council put while line Cars going too fast in Main Street – but doesn't stop people - issue concerns someone will get killed particularly at school times. Cars parked by shops – an accident • Rat run past school and also through hill waiting to happen especially elderly – a house/Main Street. Village wasn't built nightmare. to accommodate sheer amount of Driving at school drop-off & pick-up i.e. traffic passing and parked cars around. 3-point turns! • Road narrow in village itself e.g. if bus gets stuck During heavy snow, roads are not • Road safety gritted beyond the main street leaving • Speed of cars on road near Kirknewton people with cars stranded. HGV vehicles using the village as a short Court cut A71-A70 • Speed of driving in the village In Humbie issues about horse riding & • Speed of traffic – lost 3 cats to being parking, particularly for kids alone, killed on road between Hillside Wynd & along the road by Humbie. But there is Kaimes Crescent • Speed on Station Road A71 to the someone who does it properly. station crossing people go too fast Issue over parking near Green Room Other: some parking in Kaimes is • Speeding cars impractical for us Lack of side road • There is more traffic gritting in bad weather. the level • Traffic & parking issue • Traffic at East end of village too fast – crossing problems: Over parking on Main Street sleeping policemen needed Parking an issue • Traffic going past school Parking by school is a disgrace – very • Traffic got worse on Main Street narrow. Scared for the kids. Cars back • Tree in front of sign with speed limit on up when park & barrier down. Station Road between A71 & barrier – Parking issues in the Kaimes e.g. 1 concealed entrance, sign is concealed. person has 4 cars. In bad weather even worse as Council don't touch this area.

INFRASTRUCTURE - 31 Kaimes: 9 • Council clean main roads but never come from other parts e.g. Meadowbank have down to Kaimes Avenue come down & pulled up plants a lot of • Cutting communal grass myself & trying time in summer – try to be polite & ask to make nice – tried daffodils & clematis them to play not in communal area but in in Kaimes but more & more other kids field. Disheartening.

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Drainage issues in street above my property & water flowing through garden – spoke to Councillors re storm drains & been told a 'grey area'. Council discovered blockage 22 metres in but debate who is responsible & whether Water Board. Getting nowhere with this issue. Drainage problem – large puddle always at end of Roosevelt Road near walkway into Kaimes Crescent. Kaimes area – roads not managed by Council & parking areas are a mess – broken glass, rubbish.

Various: 22 • As housing expands the primary school capacity needs addressing as will GP surgery • Better broadband • Bicycle tracks not so good • Council horrific at doing gritting • During bad weather a bit more gritting on access roads to Kirknewton. • Grit bins have been removed • Gypsies shouldn't have been allowed to develop land in Humbie • Hardly any green areas at all – all getting built on • Lack of wheelchair access in park • Narrow pavement leading down to Hillhouse Wynd • Narrow pavements to East Calder • No cable provision so TV and broadband choices limited. FACILITIES General: 72 • A coffee shop would be good to meet up with people for a chat and butchers. • A coffee shop. • A community centre with a larger hall space than we currently have would be great. • More spaces in the school/nursery needed... • A cosy pub with a fire and nice food. • A fully facilitated community centre would be a great asset to the community

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No gritting bins for Hillhouse Wynd No street lights & pavements at night in Humbie area (issue as now live alone) No walks over fields (i.e. defined walks) Path too narrow at Hillhouse Wynd Roads in winter Shame that people on Main Street have to have rubbish bin on the Main Street. Some green areas – garage/grass space across from Meadowbank looks horrible & overgrown Streets difficult to get in & out of when it snowed. Water supply, private line - Water Board won't deal with the mains in the area that goes under the railway. Pressure drops frequently. When snow comes often cut off, Council slow in gritting the paths & roads.

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Could do with a cafe (out with Green Room), Could do with a football club for juniors and adults as the football pitch seems under-utilised. Don't have kids at home any more, but usual comments on lack of things to do/participate in for particular age groups. Electricity more expensive than other areas – fuel poverty. Utilities are a problem Green Room – once or twice said event going to be for all, but then changed to S1 upwards Is the thought the Post Office might close as I rely on it for business Isolated, not much to do Lack of cash machine Lack of Mobile signal Lack of Sports Centre Lack of Sports facility. More local sports teams Lacks a focal point still Lacks: decent pub; restaurant Little chance to start one's own workshop/business. Local shop not good Longer (later) post office opening hours would allow me to use it more. Possibly merging with shop may be solution? Lots of new housing but no new facilities Lunch options not great at village shop Marketing for the Christmas Fair i.e. to be well organised – marketed as it was at the Stables in 2013. Maybe family fun day in the green room one evening or weekend per month where you can play dominoes, board games or similar or additional teaching in maths English one evening or story or kiddies movie event a weekend per month. More fitness equipment in park. More hours in the post office Need greater engagement of whole population in activities. Newcomers come in & change things

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Nice restaurant/ cafe, somewhere mum's can hang out and families can gather at the weekend that is walkable. No ATM No bank ATM No bank or cafe, no pedestrian bridge across railway line by railway station . No cafe so no place to meet even though there is Green Room now which is great Too many things organised to suit those who don't work, e.g. At green room during office hours. No cash machine No cash machine No cinema No clubs for boys No coffee shop. No swimming pool No Youth Club for primary school children Not a lot of activities Not enough activities that are for people who can't go to youth club Not enough for 8, 9, 10, 11 year olds – not well catered for Not enough for High School kids Nothing for older kids – all baby stuff Nothing much for adults Nowhere to go out in the village so people go to Edinburgh/Balerno. You would think it would be worthwhile doing something. People not using the Post Office As pensioners get older & pass away, younger come in & not use Post Office so much. Post Office not providing products that younger people buy. Probably closing next year. Poor selection of 'things' for lunch Post Office Closing Post office is about to go Post Office shut a month ago (?) – Nearest is Livingston Pub cliquey – really the only thing for adults Pub is not that good. Been in once since moving here and did not like it Pub not allowing children in during the day/social aspect

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The current facilities, or lack of them, are a reflection of the size of the village. The post office is struggling; the pharmacy will probably struggle too. We cannot expect more facilities, more businesses to invest in the village, while any suggestion of growth is shouted down. We don't own the village. We are temporary custodians. We have a choice, to encourage and support healthy expansion, allowing us to pass on a thriving community to future generations, or to resist expansion and allow the village to stagnate, thus failing future generations.

Medical: 20 • A health centre or at least access to a doctor in Kirknewton itself would be great. • A village doctor would be good, but perhaps unrealistic • Access to medical support. • Because no doctor have to use a bus to get to doctor & need to wait 3 weeks if want a particular doctor. • Doctor surgery-even part time. • Dr's surgery, even part time. • Doctor’s surgery- East Calder too crowded • Lack of adequate health provision. East Calder is too far & too difficult to get to, particularly for those without access to a car. • Lack of doctor – seniors • No dentist • No doctor in the village Park: 7 • Gated & fenced area around Play Park required. The 'policing' of dog fouling is really poor, suggest council wardens attend periodically to warn dog walkers and leaflet community about dog walking responsibilities. • Have a proper slide for older kids

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Threat of post office closing is not good. Need one in the village. Toddlers group is a bit disorganised Used to have more shops 30 years ago Village hall looks very run down We don't have kids so can't comment on what's available for them; for my age group it has all the facilities we need. Would be bad if the Post Office closes as useful for older people but people support the new pharmacy & argument for pharmacy is that it helps the old people. Would be nice if the local pub still served food and children were allowed in.

No doctor’s surgery No doctors – used to be part-time No medical service Problems with doctors’ appointments. Could do with a doctor’s surgery (Pharmacy a great addition). No Doctor surgery Shame there is not doctor surgery or special team of doctors for elderly of village. Those who do not have personal transport find difficulty getting to/from medical centre at East Calder. Would like to see community taking more of an interest in older people & also becoming a "dementia" friendly society, as rapidly increasing ageing population many of whom do & will suffer from dementia

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Youth: 14 • A large amount of activities available for girls i.e. brownies/dance school etc. but very little for boys. Need to go to east Calder for most boy activities • A place for teenagers age 15-18. • After school activities • Better equipment for older kids at the park ( Really had no idea why the exercise equipment was put in) like a flying fox, or a trampoline (Embedded in the ground at ground level for safety concerns) the football pitch needs to be sorted out regularly when it comes to keeping the ground at goals. • Facilities for teenagers. • If I had a wish list it would be great to have a proper outdoor basketball court School: 10 • Bathroom in school is a bit small • Football pitch at school wrecked – only half usable • High Schools prioritising kids from East Calder which is increasing in size • Local authority not focussed on semirural areas. Services for children & aged are being eroded. • People are saying the school will be shut down permanently • The school is closing for refurbishment so in summertime buses to East Calder. Retired people: 2 • No Old Folks Club.

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ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR - 33 Amount of dog poo in village, especially • Cemetery – things are being taken away in the play park (which is why I don't let e.g. pots at memory bench. my child play there anymore despite the • Could do with a police presence now that lovely updated facilities. Dog litter crime is on the up. everywhere due to the mix of residents • Dog mess - unfortunately a large spread of • Dog mess – Park cultures and attitudes to community • Dog mess in park awful living • Dog mess on pavements Bad behaviour by teenagers • Dog muck everywhere Broxburn the local Police Station but • Dog muck on pavements – owners are need a car to get there. the problem • Dog poo – even in Main Street

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Paths: 5 • Further work on the cycle path to Selm Muir. • More footpaths • No walking paths/off road cycle routes for kids • Safe cycling out of the village for children.

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HOUSING Affordable 4 & 5 bedroom homes. Difficult to get a council house – houses given to people who don't work Lack of council houses for the people who belong to the village Not enough 4 bedroom houses Noticed drug users kicked out from elsewhere & dumped here – though every where’s got these problems to some degree. People waiting on houses but 'druggies' from other places e.g. Craigshill getting them, even though locals waiting. Retirement homes for locals

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Minor crime on the rise – vandalism Not enough Police presence in the village i.e. bullying Only concern is amount of dog mess People dropping cigarettes in school groups People dropping litter People who do not pick up after their dogs Recent spike in crime. Sometimes gangs of kids come round – quite a few older people in Braekirk Avenue & recent break-ins. Youths run through gardens as open area & gap where no houses. Phoned police & get call back 3 hours later. Fence kicked down by youths – police came 1.5 weeks later. A van recently broken into. Too much dog poo on pavements

There is a great cycle way from Balerno into Edinburgh and from East Calder into Livingston but no easy access to either start point. Would be great if there was a cycleway (off road) esp. to Balerno as that's where the high school is.

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- 14 No regular funding for Development Trust Nothing upsets us People forget that those living on the other side of the railway are a part of Kirknewton. More part time jobs in the village for young people to get on the career ladder and not making them pay most of their wages on transport. Shame people aren't aware and / or don't utilise what's going on. You do tend to feel a bit on the outside if you aren't living in the village. You aren't in the loop! FB page very useful. Decisions that have involved our area of the community have been made by those in the village who could only see it to their advantage. Which was very upsetting as no one really thought about those who were affected most.

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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT - 32 20mph signs in Main Street • Off Main street parking area 30 mph on Balerno road should be • Parking in village – buses & cars using as further out to slow traffic before a parking lot – blocks road • People driving down to School to pick up village turn out As go left into Park Terrace, cars are their kids when they live less than a mile away, and I’m not referring to those parked on left. Suggestion is to take a bit of land from the public park to allow who do it on the way to or from work, cars to park. just the lazy people who selfishly clog up an already congested street in front Busy street, but means traffic slows of the school. town By-pass as village gets very congested • People should walk to school & to shops on Station Road instead of parking. School walk – 'pick Cars always parked at entrance - Leyden up train' with adults taking a group of Road which blocks the sight line for kids to school – volunteers pick up kids on the way. Mid Calder is a good cars exiting Leyden Road. This is where example. Good exercise for kids. a bus could stop. Dedicated parking for teachers • Short term need to restrict parking on Main Street. Bus service is better but Get the police to look at parking issues Humpy Bridge near lights off A71 need held up by the parking. priority arrows • Sleeping policemen on East side of I know this has been discussed on a village to A71 as too many speeders. variety of occasions but some sort of • Slow Down signs near school – flashing lights more effective than bumps i.e. speed deterrent (flashing speed signs) at the junction where the B7031 enters when school come out 20mph. the village. • Speed bumps If Main Street became a no parking • Speed cameras/chicanes/chevrons or area there needs to be somewhere for similar to slow traffic along hill house. people to park. One way system through Kaimes. Main Street is big problem – double • Speed control on road from A71 to yellow lines around corners station barrier Major road traffic issues at peak time • Speed sign concealed – need to solve that need to be sorted i.e. HGV vehicles. • Traffic calming Near the Church people park too close • Traffic control on East side of village. to central island then buses are blocked Far too many Lorries going through. – double yellow lines needed. • Tree near Kirknewton Court hides speed Need speed controls i.e. flashing lights limit sign – speed sign should start soon or humps in entry to village on road up into village from A71 – Need to stop people parking over Station Road driveways on Station Road • When School going in parents park both No parking on the main village – difficult sides of road & causes traffic problems. to navigate up to shop & past cemetery.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT - 77 General: 7 • Better public transport • Better public transport • Better transport links • Better travel Buses: 52 • Balerno buses • Better bus service • Better bus service • Better bus service early morning – for early workers - from before 7am – bus route to Mid Calder then Houston. • Better bus service into Edinburgh • Better school buses – old, dirty, carbon monoxide, water comes in, Smokeysmell, seats broken, break down • Better transport because it is extremely difficult to travel to places other than destinations on the 28 bus route (which is way too expensive limiting my travel so I can’t see my friends) • Bus expensive – train cheaper for a day return • Bus link along Leyden Road • Bus often but not regular. Danger of being complacent about bus service. Need tracking system for First Bus e.g. put by/in Green Room or by Post Office Where people are waiting, so not standing around for half hour. • Bus service • Bus service – needs to be more reliable – it's every 30minutes but doesn't always turn up & very, very expensive • Bus service could be better • Bus service could be improved – more reliable, on time, sometimes don't come • Bus service should be improved as not always half hourly as shown on timetable • Bus service to be improved • Bus services frequent, reliable and cheap • Bus stop nearer to Kirknewton Court • Buses should start earlier in morning • Buses to be sent to Balerno to pick up kids from after school clubs • Buses! More frequent to Balerno

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endlessly never knowing if there is going to be 1 or 3 trains People have been missing trains because of the railway barriers (including me) Phone at the train station Railway crossing – they have over compensated - safety barriers are down too long – need to be sorted. Sort out the railway crossing. Pedestrian bridge could be moved from Edinburgh end of village to the station Sign notifying people of barrier downtime at crossing. The railway barriers still suck. We need platform to platform access at the railway station Would like train to be better on a Sunday & big gap between 7 & 9.30 in the evening

DISABILITIY ISSUES - 6 Disabled access around village • Disabled access to Pharmacy – surprised Better access for wheelchairs i.e. lacking especially as something is new • Disabled parking space near pharmacy pavement around shop, park. Garden created with wheelchair access & • Fitness classes – suitable for someone benches suitable for wheelchairs & with a disability disabled people. • Funding for disabled groups at Potter

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Only 1 registered child minder in the area & always full – need more local child minders. Owner of the shop is in the position to influence food produce in the community, could make food choices healthier. Play park including more facilities including football club Private nursery for pre-3 year olds – have to take children to Livingston. Private nursery for under 3s – nearest is Wilkieston & need a car Pub OK but could be improved – not a heavy criticism though Pub to be more family orientated Pub to serve nice food Purpose built Community Centre Purpose built unit for sports/dance bigger than current halls and with changing rooms, storage so more could be offered Quality of food is not good & had not been for some time. Really need a pub you can get a meal Restaurant café run locally with local food Roller rink

Medical: 21 • A doctors – even a part-time GP. East Calder GP surgery will be really stretched so GP in Kirknewton would be better. • Better presence of health professionals for elderly residents • Better/some medical local service • Doctor • Doctor • Doctor 2 days a week Doctors in the village – how about space at the Green Room • Doctor or even if came up here 2 days a week e.g. if problems with being mobile & can't get to East Calder easily. • Doctor Surgery, Even if one doctor came, two days a week. People that don't have Cars, Last year was a nightmare, with the buses, Having to get 2 Busses first the shuttle Bus then

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Something to help people here i.e. restaurant Somewhere to have coffee Sports Club – football, hockey Sports facilities (indoor) Sports hall for 5-aside/badminton/tennis etc. The PH could be a bit more inclusive of the community.....offer of pub lunches/dinners etc. would add another dimension to great village.....also would bring outside money in. To be able to roller skate round the park. (Smoothing all the paths.) Use the old Hall for changing room with showers Village Hall needs re-decorating to look more inviting – KCDT to decorate Village Hall needs renovated Wee café Would be good if the local shop has organic foods & better quality, don't like the Happy Shopper Would be good if there was a local market – would be good by Cyrenians Would be good to have an ATM Would be good to have meals at the pub

standing in the freezing cold, waiting at Langton road in the open for 40 minutes for the 28 then the walk along to the Doctors. People late for appointment, Then the same again coming back, and the people who were hours late for their work. Not good enough Doctor’s surgery Doctor’s surgery Doctor’s surgery Doctors – people who don't drive – East Calder is very full Doctors surgery – need to go to East Calder, especially difficult for older people Doctors surgery – used to be doctor when Army here Even a part-time doctor GP One day a week surgery for the doctor

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Park: 40 • A trampoline in the park • All weather surface for basketball pitch • Another entrance to park as long way round so people climb over & get hurt e.g. one person broke arm. • Better park, slide, zipwire, flying fox • Better path in park for biking with kids • Bigger slide for older kids, with different ways to get up it & places to sit like a hut • Bit more in Play Park • Cleaner Park and updated equipment • Fence around play area to exclude dogs • Fence around play area x 2 • Fence around the park • Fence around the play area for safely of the children so they can't run out • Fence around the playground too keep dogs out of the play area • Fence round Play Park to prevent dog mess. • Fix football field • Flying fox etc. for older primary school children i.e. 9 years • Football field – astro turf • Grit for icy weather – Council should provide • Ice rink • Improve park as few things for older children • In park for kids – e.g. a fort • More dog patrols • More things added into Kirknewton Park i.e. goal nets, skate park, slide. School: 21 • Bigger school • Boys’ toilets a mess • Concern over move to East Calder & bus services -particularly for a child with specific needs. • Continue to improve communication between school & parents. • Decent size school

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More toys in park, like a big slide – ask the upper primary girls for help. Park – improvements for older children 12-15 age group Park - it’s nice but it would be better with some more up to date equipment Park are could be utilised better i.e. skate park. An enclosed play area – to keep kids safe & dogs out. Lovely to have park but things still to be done. Paths need upgrading. Park needs better paths, some upgraded but not all of it re area around football pitch. People asked for something like bike track in park (e.g. like East Calder) when plans consulted & were made previously. Still a need. Green Room small but could have had a good size building – multipurpose sports facility on green in edge of Roosevelt where NAAFI was. Play area fenced in at the park to keep dogs out. Play Park – lot of space so could invest a lot more – skate park for pre-teens Play park as massive space – Skate Park Skate board/bike in Park Skate Park Skate park – better park for older kids Skate park – to be involved in design Sort drainage in park – soccer park is wet Things in the park like East Calder Would be good to have something for upper primary children in park

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Option of local wrap around care for children from 7.00 to 18.30, will help for shifts and childcare. Save the school so Kirknewton doesn't become a worse place to live!" School could be bigger – split classes School extension School is really nice but not big enough & not enough equipment School needs a bit of land behind school to create designated car park for teachers.

Green Room: 18 • Better promotion of Green Room • Communication (Green Room) needs to be better so that activities are coordinated e.g. Book club cancelled so Pharmacy could hold interviews. • Could have a sandwich board outside Green Room to advertise the drop-in for coffee. • Evening classes in Green Room • Green Room could be used more i.e. diet class & promote on web page • Green Room is great but would be useful to have a bigger space • Green Room would be better if extended to allow more groups & children to participate • In Green Room – something just for P7s so can get used to Youth Club before actually going to it. • Interested to go to Green Room but a bit shy. I didn't know if it was just for kids. Useful to have a phone as a first step would help. Want to get a welcome response. Perhaps a number in the Connect. • Joined up thinking, everyone working together i.e. Green Room collaborating Housing: 11 • A greater variety of home sizes • Eco-housing • Help should be given to the school and doctors surgery. Developments for housing in the area must be putting them at breaking point. • Housing for younger ones

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with local business about when activities are offered so they don't conflict i.e. tree craft KCDT needs an alternative means of communicating with the community, not everyone has Facebook or is on-line. Keep up posters & flyers & maybe through the Kirknewton web page. KCDT/Green Room good but needs more joined up i.e. Gala/KCDT – closer working between all the different groups More events in the Green Room – fun things – re showing films in the evening – just drop-in. More info about Green Room as don't know who it's for More use of Green Room Not a criticism, but constructive comment: The Trust could 'sell themselves' more to the community – some people still unsure what it's about e.g. Green Room Things in the evening in Green Room for adults Would be good if the people who work for the Trust lived locally.

Keep local housing to local people friend waiting 16 years for a council house – always to outsiders. Less penal taxes on new houses by WLC" More houses for sale Need more mixture of houses

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ACTIVITIES General: 37 • A cycle path away from the road to • Balerno High that would allow kids to cycle to and from school. could use • pavement to A71 as is wide and not well used - then need a separate from road • path along A71 to the right turn into • Glenbrook from there roads are probably quiet enough for save cycling • • A more active/accessible church for families. • A place to meet people from other age • groups. • Already a great place to live! • • Another place to hang out when Kozy Café not on • Ceilidh at Christmas • • Classes • • Clubs for boys • Community engagement and groups to improve all aspects of open spaces • surrounding and within the village. • Difficult to say, other than comments • above as not been here that long • English as a 2nd language classes • Events to get kids off the streets • • Exercise classes – Yoga • Junior Youth Club – P4,5,6,7 • Maintenance and general cleanliness of • the area particularly Kaimes. • • Make more use of pub as a focal point for village even something as simple as a nice coffee machine. Surprising how • many people have not been in pub from the village." • Maybe something like Kozy Café for older 14+ • • More amenities for growing families, something else for kids • • More events throughout the year •

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68 More facilities as it's a growing community More facilities to make it a standalone community in its own right. More mother/toddler groups More people getting involved in the community taking a bit pride in the area. More places to go for young people, people in primary school – Junior Youth Club More places to socialise with neighbours. Open a cafe or snack area, maybe the green room will offer more in snacks.. At cost not donation Places for dirt bikes to go See above for a few suggestions, access to a local cash machine would also be handy" Sensible development at modest pace-not in lumps Something for 9-14/15 year olds e.g. teaching knitting – older people with skills to share with younger people. Tennis Court on green where NAAFI was – (Balerno is good example of community use) Things for people of 9 years to do Upgrade in the environmental aspects. Filling the grit boxes so we could grit the side roads ourselves. Want to find out about horse riding in the surrounding area for grandchild. I've seen horses but don't know where the stables are. We need better facilities for young people who are not well catered for. Would be good to have the Gala Queen again Youth Club for primary school children

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For Elderly: 11 • 50+ group • Something for old age pensioners – i.e. • More for older people – pensioners there were insurance issues for the Hall • More social things for 50+ - adults , i.e. for doing Carpet Bowls days out, social events, crafts during • Something sociable for older people • Things for 50+ i.e. talks the day. • Needs to be more for pensioners – used • Things for older people – perhaps a to be a club but not now needs assessment of older people - ? is • Older population coming up – a there a need for meals. pensioners club e.g. in Green Room • Things for pensioners • Pensioner Club (I go to East Calder) could be once a month INFRASTRUCTURE - 40 • Area leading to footbridge over rail • Bridge (Camps Junction) used by staff & needs to be cleared up service users & sometimes icy & no lights. • Better attention to gritting streets, put • Broadband to be better in Newlands more grit & keep them full – fast • Can people on Main Street use the alley replenishment service. Need to get grit way to store rubbish buckets or a bins in winter for people to use. • Better bicycle tracks communal one? • Better Broadband - Newlands • Clean up all along the Burn • Better mobile signal

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ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR - 13 Bin for dog poo – how about highlighting • Less litter & dog poo dog mess in park like at Harlow • More visits by Police as if things happen Cameras put in park to stop graffiti and police take a long time to come. people setting fires (12 year old) • Need a Community Officer Fence around play park – dog poo • People not letting their dogs mess the Fining people who do not pick up after pavements their dogs, maybe with CCTV • Tidy litter e.g. people put chip bags down & not put in bins – need to respect If more people picked up their dog mess others. – mostly the streets & park area Less break-ins. • Try to get police to walk around – need police presence e.g. Braekirk Avenue Less dog waste on pavements

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– 28 Small deeds - big results. More participation in activities by more people. Always same people who help, always same people on committee’s etc. need to engage more folks, teens need to be tapped into, grey brigade need to be tapped into. Start-up workshops Tidy up garage – like a junk yard – vehicles in front Utilities & local authority to consult the community & help the people be more independent. We could all do something for our community We're very lucky so can't think of anything else You get what you give if you're friendly

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Appendix 4: Kirknewton Primary School Things we LIKE about living in the Kirknewton area - 257

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ACTIVITIES/FACILITIES x 64 Green Room x 22 • Hall Green Room: you can do lots of stuff in it • Dancing in the Village Hall: fun & amazing Green Room – like that there are lots of • Church: because pretty toys/ipads/Xbox; help you with your • Church x 4 homework clubs after school; can hire it • Church Hall out. • Decorations on the lamp posts Green Room – playing movie • Decorations on the Christmas tree in village Kozy Café because it is fun & free • Big Christmas tree Kozy Café x 3 • Christmas tree every year Kozy Café – the people who run it are • Christmas tree lights friendly, options e.g. hot chocolate; like • Gala that it is free. • Gala Day Village Hall x 13 • Summer fairs Activities in the Village Hall • Potter Around x 4 SCHOOL x 26 School: because you learn & the teachers • Class room are friendly • School bus because it takes you home Teachers x 2 • School field School x 19 • School trips

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21 Train Railway crossing x 2 Railway The amount of time the train station barriers are down for. New barriers

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ACTIVITIES/FACILITIES x 99 I love the allotment but can we have more? • Green Room – more decorations, more Swimming pool X 15 activities, more challenges Diving board • Village sports days Toys for swimming pool • More village fund raising Water park X 3 • Christmas festivals X 2 Cinema X 3 • More Christmas decorations up at Safe Soft Play Christmas Golf Course • More tree decorations Basketball court X 2 • Xmas decorations More clubs such as Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, • Improve Christmas fair Rainbows, Brownies & 'the other one'. • Santa’s workshop More clubs • Xmas fair Kirknewton Football club for kids • Carnivals Sports playground X 2 • More Gala Sports Centre • Improve the Gala day Sports Club e.g. athletics, football • Gala day activities Ski-ing • Clean woods Ice rink X 5 • Safer woods – better lighting Roller coaster • Wildlife centre X 2 Alton Towers • Wildlife Rescue centre Tennis – anywhere • New places for wildlife Arcade • Help nature Games Room X 4 • Nature trail Gymnastic class • NAAFI area change to tennis court More toys in the Green Room • Mini golf at the NAAFI area, flying fox Games (Green Room) • Safe cycle path Green Room XBox club • Cycle path

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Kirknewton Community Engagement Report 2015  

A community participation exercise carried out on behalf of Kirknewton Community Development Trust by Hilton Associates Dec 2014 - Jan 2015....

Kirknewton Community Engagement Report 2015  

A community participation exercise carried out on behalf of Kirknewton Community Development Trust by Hilton Associates Dec 2014 - Jan 2015....

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