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

Hilton Associates February – March 2011 This project was supported by:


Contents Kirknewton – an introduction ................................................................................................. 4 About Kirknewton Community Development Trust: ............................................................... 4 How this all happened: .......................................................................................................... 5 A message from Stewart McKenna, Chair of Kirknewton Community Development Trust. 5 Seeking local knowledge ................................................................................................... 6 Aim of the work ................................................................................................................. 6 Why participatory appraisal? ............................................................................................. 6 How it was done.................................................................................................................... 7 Who participated? ............................................................................................................. 8 Gathering the information .................................................................................................. 9 What people where asked: .............................................................................................. 10 What people think about the area .................................................................................... 10 Organising the information .............................................................................................. 11 Feeding back the information to the community .............................................................. 11 Cost and time .................................................................................................................. 12 What the community said about the area ............................................................................ 12 What’s great about the area? .......................................................................................... 13 What’s not so good about the area? ................................................................................ 14 What people would like to be changed or improved ........................................................ 15 Youth views ........................................................................................................................ 17 Conclusion .......................................................................................................................... 18 Appendices ......................................................................................................................... 20 Appendix 1: All comments: What people like .................................................................. 21 Appendix 2: All comments: What people don’t like ......................................................... 31 Appendix 3: All comments: Changes/Improvements ...................................................... 41 Appendix 4: Balerno High School 26 pupils 12 – 17 + Youths at Kozi Café under 15 ...... 56 Appendix 5: Kirknewton Nursery & Primary School ......................................................... 58 Appendix 6: Maps with recorded site specific comments and ideas................................. 67

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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 who enabled this to happen and have willingly given their voluntary time to support the work. Also to the collaborative working of the trust Development 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 organising Ordnance Survey maps of the area. To the Community Council for the use of their community hall during the drop-in and feedback events. 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. For more information contact: About Kirknewton Community Development Trust: Stewart McKenna (Chair) stew@onetel.com or Tony Foster: Development Officer tonykirknewton@gmail.com http://www.kirknewton.org/

About this community approach: Vikki Hilton 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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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 put the population at around 2000 people. 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 The current community engagement work is part of a Big Lottery technical assistance grant to enable the trust to develop their plans further for a bio-digestor and or related energy projects. This work was undertaken to ensure the wider community is involved in having a say about how community benefits are targeted and to help the trust and other local organisations apply for further funding and develop a community plan.

About Kirknewton Community Development Trust: Kirknewton Community Development Trust2 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 planned community development plan and future funding applications.

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Estimated population Statistics 30 June 2005, West Lothian Council http://www.kirknewton.org/community_groups/community_development_trust

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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.

How this all happened: A message from Stewart McKenna, Chair of Kirknewton Community Development Trust. Thanks to all those who took part in the recent Community Consultation, and here are the results. Who are we? We are Kirknewton Community Development Trust or KCDT for short. It’s a big name for a small group of seven volunteers who came together in 2006 through the Community Council to try and make a small contribution to reducing Kirknewton’s environmental footprint. We fought for “environmental justice” following the use of Kaimes Quarry as Edinburgh’s largest rubbish dump for 15 years between 1987 and 2002 despite the simple fact that Planning Consent have never been sought or granted. The outcome is that we have a community owned and registered charity (KCDT) with ideas and ambitions to make Kirknewton a better place and we have funds which we propose to invest in a renewable energy project that will deliver real benefits to our community. This consultation process builds on the earlier work undertaken in September 2007 which helped us to get to where we are today with lots more going on in the village. We have gone from 7 members to over 130 members all keen to improve and change our village. The drop-in event held on February 6th attracted nearly 120 people and the feedback sessions held in the Village Hall on Thursday 10th and Sunday 13th March attracted 74 people and demonstrated that there were members of our community who cared. Overall over 560 people took part. We will now use all your inputs to help us form a community development plan and we hope to arrange further meetings seeking your help and enthusiasm in developing your ideas for improving life in Kirknewton. Anyone wishing to be notified of the date and time of the next meeting of our group should email tonykirknewton@gmail.com and put FEEDBACK MEETING in the subject line. Membership of KCDT is open to anyone living within Kirknewton and surroundings, so get involved – it’s your say, it's your community Thanks again, Stewart McKenna (chair)

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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 committee have ideas but they really wanted to see what knowledge and ideas other people in the community had around renewable energy issues. 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 around 500 people shared their knowledge, ideas and opinions and over 2200 comments were recorded. This included young people from Balerno High School and 198 pupils from Kirknewton Primary School. In addition 74 people came to 2 feedback sessions on 10th and 13th of March. 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. 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 work was to ensure local views help KCDT to see how benefits coming to the community through investment in renewable energy projects in the area should be spent. It was also to help inform a community development plan to take Kirknewton forward ensuring that the plan 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.

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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 Associates3 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.

How it was done The community development participation exercise was promoted through flyers inserted in the local Konect magazine which is delivered to all householders in Kirknewton. Lots of posters were also put up on lamp posts, at local businesses and left at public access places. It was also promoted through email, facebook and twitter. It was also promoted through West Lothian Council facebook which had 15,306 members and though Love West Lothian twitter which has 1363 followers. In addition there was an article in a local newspaper promoting the work. 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 Development Officer. The Development Officer was new to the project and keen to make links into the community so led on the promotional working contacting organisational representatives and leading a social networking campaign to alert people to the work. This was the local nursery, high school, primary school, Kaspers (after school club), Community Association, Community Council, Development Trust, Gala 3

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Committee, Kosy Kafe, Parents Council, Parent Staff Association, Scottish Rural Women’s Institute and the West Lothian Clarion, Church, Pensioners. After the initial link the facilitator followed up by telephone, email and or meetings.

Who participated? The team spent several days working in the community encouraging local people to share their ideas and opinions about the area. This started with the drop-in event on Sunday 6th February 2011. At this event over a 100 people dropped by to share their ideas. This was a fantastic level of interest The team spent several days including mornings, afternoons, and evenings during the week as well as at weekends walking around the village knocking on doors to ensure a wide range of people had a chance to share their ideas. People also participated by email, facebook and telephone if they were unable to meet face-toface. The team tracked the age range and numbers of people who were talking to them, to make sure that that all age groups were involved. They also checked that they were meeting a range of people that were close to the population spread of the area.

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Everyone who participated put a dot on a map to show where they lived and a tick to show what age they were. This was to make sure that a wide range of people, young to older, women and men from all over the area were reached. The charts above show the range of ages who participated. They do not include the 198 primary and nursery children from Kirknewton Primary School who also participated. The map shows the wide spread of people who took part in different parts of the village. Each dot represents a household. 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.

Gathering the information This work was carried out from the beginning of February 2011. The kick-off event was a well-advertised drop-in event at the Community Hall in the High Street on Saturday 6th February. As part of this the Development Officer and Facilitator went to the local church service to promote the drop-in and also join the coffee morning where people were able to share their views. Overall 120 people participated on the 6th which is a fantastic level of interest for the community. The work continued with the team out and about in the area on several weekend and week days 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 – Play group – Kirknewton Primary School – Balerno High School – Community Hall Committee

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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 under 500 people participated with a further 74 people coming to 2 feedback events in March. 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.

What people where asked: People were 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 a better place to live in? & why? 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.

What people think about the area

Not everyone wanted to record how they felt about the area. However 184 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 children or high school young people this question because of the way their meetings were done. 10


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 2200 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 development officer. 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, 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 and Balerno High School shared their ideas and these are summarised on pages 16 to 17 with details in appendix 4 and 5.

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 March and April. • At a KCDT evening event on March 10th where the Development Officer led a short presentation and discussion, 30 people took part. • At a drop-in event on Sunday 13th March from 10 am to 5pm, 44 people took part.

Feedback was also given at the Meals and Wheels event at Kirknewton on March 26th; over 300 people turned up and all the material was displayed. Electronic feedback: In addition the Development Officer added details to the Kirknewton Facebook and ran a blog on twitter to feedback information. In April 2011 there were 206 facebook group members and 28 followers on twitter at twitter.com/kirknewtonEH27. Feedback information has also been put on http://kirknewton.wordpress.com/ and 656 people were recorded opening it. 11


On average 50 people open development trust emails and people also get the latest information at www.kirknewton.org/latest/newsThe results were also promoted via the West Lothian Council Facebook page with 15,306 members There is also this report and a brief summary report will be will be distributed throughout the community in KONNECT. In addition copies will be available electronically, on CD-ROM and on the KCDT website.

Cost and time Direct costs to KCDT were around ÂŁ900.00 which covered the cost of promotion for 2 campaigns. This included commercially produced posters and flyers, adverts in local publications, sundry items, flyers through the school and hall costs with catering for 2 events. This did not include the time cost of the development officer or the facilitator. The process has taken from the initial meeting at the beginning of January to the end of April; further work bringing the community development plan together using this report as a basis will be completed by the end of May. 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. The diagrams below help show the main themes and the proportion of comments overall. The summary highlights the top 6 categories and the diagrams show the proportion of other comments.

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What’s great about the area?

1. Location People clearly liked living in the area, valuing the position close to Edinburgh with good links to the airport, main roads and major towns but not in the city. They liked the feel of being in a rural area, the quietness and senses of safety. They commented on the friendliness and good neighbours with a good community spirit. 2. Facilities and activities People appreciated the shop and post office and the things that went on like the playgroup, toddler group, the Gala. However it is noticeable that there were almost the same number of negative comments as positive and twice as many comments in this category about changes and improvements. This is a topic people talked about in 2007 and clearly has not improved radically over the last 4 years. 3. School People liked the schools in the area and it was noted as a reason people come to the area. Someone did say there were “Too many houses and new developments for the school and therefore uncertainty of getting a place”. 4. Public Transport This again was an interesting area of discussion. Many people commented on the good public transport service, both bus and train and noted the “improvements over the last 20 years”. Someone also recorded that “the “Train station makes for a good place to be”. 5. Walking and cycling It’s a good place for walking with easy access to outdoor activities such as hillwalking according to some people.

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6. Park People commented on the park with most knowing that it was in the process of being upgraded which people felt was good. It was also noted as safe These highlight the 6 most recorded things; there are lots of other comments which are in the appendix. What should be noted is that people also recorded that they were “very impressed with the Trust” and the “potential of and uniting contribution of the development trust”.

What’s not so good about the area?

1. Facilities and activities The main theme here was the lack of facilities and activities for people of all ages. There was particular concern over lack of things for teenagers and young people but also as someone said “There doesn’t appear to be much to do for all ages in the village. A community centre would be useful for activities and as a meeting place – no café nearby and the pub is not attractive to many people.” 2. Public transport There were a lot of comments about the “poor bus service” and “unreliable” bus service with bad links. Someone else said “bus service appalling, can’t live here without a car. There were fewer comments about the train service but people still felt there was a need for more evening and weekend services. Comment was made about the poor links with Balerno. This was also highlighted by the high school students who called for a weekend service to maintain their links to friends as the catchment high school is Balerno. People living in the Burnwynd and Linburn areas had real concerns about the poor bus service because of issues over where the bus would stop. This made relying on 14


the bus for getting to work was impossible and had an economic impact. During the winter it was particularly bad and dangerous because of having to walk along an unlit road with no path. Someone said it was impossible to rely on the bus service for work due to the hours it ran i.e. not early or late enough. 3. Traffic management There were a lot of concerns over the congestion on Main Street and issues over parking and lack of speed controls. People were concerned about the speed of traffic through the village. 4. Appearance People talked about areas looking scruffy and run down, particularly in the Kaimes area where issues over road and pavement maintenance are causing problems. People commented on the amount of litter and would like to see more effort made to keep the village clean and a smarter appearance. 5. Park People commented on the park needing to be improved but also acknowledged that there were changes about to take place. Some people thought that there should be a park in the Kaimes area as it’s a long way to go to the park. Also not enough in the park for older children. 6. Dog issues There were the usual concerns about dog mess and the need for more dog bins. In the primary school some of the children highlighted that the pavement from Hillhouse Wynd was particularly bad.

What people would like to be changed or improved

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1. Facilities/activities This was clearly the area most people wanted to see changes in and there were lots of suggestions. These included suggestions for • More facilities for teenagers, skate park and some sort of lighted area near the football goals, clubs, drop-in café with internet • An ATM in the village • A social space to meet (there was also a specific category for a café which links to this issue) • More services in the village i.e. doctors surgery • Village pub doing food/coffee There are lots more ideas in the full list in appendix 3. 2. Traffic management There were lots of suggestions for managing the traffic in the area to deal with the particular concerns of speeding traffic and traffic congestion on the Main Street. People also mapped their ideas which can be seen at the end of the report. Some were complex one-way system others included: • Speed bumps – with some specific suggestions recorded and some mapped • Disabled parking on Main Street for the Post Office and shop • Limit speed on winding roads near Kirknewton • Electronic speed signs • Limit speed to 20mph in some areas • Yellow lines to restrict parking Many of the suggestions will be controversial and it will obviously be useful for more community engagement work to be done before any changes are made. 3. Public transport People wanted a better, reliable bus service someone said “First Bus tries your patience and your purse”. There were also suggestions for an improved service to Balerno and also weekends. People had ideas about a local “sprinter” bus between local communities. As the library and health services are not based in Kirknewton people without cars rely on the buses to access these services. People in Burnwynd and Linburn wanted the bus stops sorted out so the buses stopped locally not a mile up the road. Particularly with aging communities the buses may end up being their only way to access shops and services. The impression is that if you are not in a hurry the bus service is good but if you rely on the service for work it’s not so good. 4. Park People were looking for park improvements so it will be interesting to see how people evaluate the changes taking place in April / May 2011. However some of the things suggested are not within the current improvements such as a skate park, improving the goals, having lights for evening access in the winter 5. Walking and cycling Improving access for walkers and cyclists with signposts as well as routes linking local communities was called for. People also suggested measured walks for 16


walking groups which could be used by everyone. People in Linburn and Burnwynd also wanted the roadside pavements improved or created for safe walking. 6. Community Centre People were asking for a new community hall, because the present on is not big enough and not always available. They also suggested it could be used for a variety of social activities, even having the café – social space – people thought the village really needed. Someone said “good to have a centre all ages can use” and “new community centre open for the young and elderly alike, available for private functions to make it more viable”.

Youth views Below is a summary of what the high school students and the primary school students think about the area. Further details are in Appendix 4 and 5. Balerno High School 26 pupils 12 – 17 & youths at the Kozi Kafe under 15 The facilitator met with 26 high school pupils in their lunch break. There was a great deal of discussion particularly around the lack of facilities for their age group. They recorded 67 points; there was a strong push for a skate park that they would like to be involved in designing as well as a better bus service that would enable them to maintain social relationships. This is a key as Balerno High School is the local High School and public transport links are poor. All the ideas were put on the wall – see the picture below. They discussed the importance of the ideas and decided that:

The Top Priorities were: • Improved bus service • Skate Park • More entertainment for children Older students at Balerno High School said they would be interested in “helping in the community”; “being involved in change” and “interested in helping other people”. Some of them are already on facebook and were following what was going on. It was clear that they were keen to be involved in changes and opportunities should be encouraged for community volunteering. 17


Kirknewton Primary School At the beginning of February Tony Foster, Development Officer and Vikki Hilton, Facilitator were invited to talk to the whole school at Friday morning Assembly. Tony told the young people what was going on with the “I love Kirknewton” big idea. Vikki 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 class then the pupil council meeting the following week and worked with the facilitator to share all the ideas. This picture shows the ideas the representatives bought to the meeting. Below are the top priorities after all class representatives had shared their classes ideas bought to the Pupil Council. After listening to everybody they decided as a group that the following were the top priorities – see picture . All the ideas they bought to the council meeting are in appendix 5 pages 58 - 66 to show that the ideas came from all the pupils. Number of votes of School Council in brackets 1.Cafe (with burgers), ice cream cones, or ice cream van in summer (4) 2.Bus timetables so don't cross & make traffic jam (3) 3.Dog bins all over i.e. especially Main Street, Kaimes, Park (2) 4.Trees (1) 5.More activities i.e. Football Team, BMX Trax, Skate Park (1) 6.Youth Group (meeting place) 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 library and on the KCDT web site.

Conclusion The KCDT group now has the opportunity to use your ideas to take forward opportunities and projects locally. It was clear from the comments people made and working in the area again after 3 years that the village had more of a “buzz”. There are more events and the Village Gala Day has restarted.

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People talked about improving walking and cycling routes and KCDT has already started working with various organisations and carrying out a paths audit, with community help, to improve paths. In addition things that do not fit within the trusts role will be passed onto the relevant parts of council and other organisations. Look out for updates on how this work is being used and for more meetings and/or information events. We have uncovered an astonishing amount of information which makes for interesting and useful reading. It is an excellent starting point for developing the community development [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 have a chance to share their issues, ideas and opinions about life in the village it is part of a long term process of involving the whole community in “Growing Community Assets” and helping promote and ensure long term benefits. This will also 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: 1. People talked a lot about the park which is in the process of being revamped. As part of the revamping the local community was asked for their opinions in autumn of 2010. Given the amount of interest in the park and park improvements and further suggestions arising from this work it would be useful to carry out an evaluation of park changes in about 6 months’ time. 2. There were lots about lack of facilities and activities to do locally. This can have an effect on health and well-being and sometimes lead to isolation socially and mentally. It would be useful to have an audit of exactly what is available and when. Consideration needs to be taken of the needs of different age groups to ensure different needs are met. 3. Young people in the village want to get involved and targeting working with them to develop some of their ideas and community ideas would be a very positive move. 4. Creating a social space; people were concerned that there was nowhere for people to meet. Whether it be parents of young children wanting to meet up whilst children attended groups, young people wanting a space to meet, new people in the village wanting to meet other people. It is an important part of a community to have spaces for social interaction. A café was called for, the pub to create space for coffee, a community centre that was also a social hub. A dedicated community space is a long-term solution but there may be short term solutions building on suggestions made by the community.

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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: Balerno High School 26 pupils 12 – 17 plus Youths at Kozi Café under 15 Appendix 5: All comments: Kirknewton Nursery & Primary School Appendix 6: Maps with recorded site specific comments and ideas

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Appendix 1: All comments: What people like (647 comments recorded) LOCATION - 390 • A real community • A village not in a town • Access good to Livingston & Edinburgh • Access to Edinburgh & Livingston although bus service timings & availability could be improved • Access to Edinburgh & M8 corridor but still relatively unspoiled • Access to Kirknewton House grounds • Accessible to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Livingston road & rail • Accessible to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Livingston road & rail • all right • all right • An increasingly mixed & balanced population with growing sense of community • Away from hustle & bustle • Away from hustle & bustle • Beautiful village • Beautiful walks • Being out in the country • Born & bred here it's all I know like it • Burial grounds • Can get involved in the community • Central Scotland location, close to all major road networks, linking to Edinburgh, Glasgow, → M74, lake district, M9 → Aviemore etc • Chance to see the agricultural seasons in action sheep, cattle etc outside the window. Good & fertile soil. • Cheaper housing than central Edinburgh • Children can play outside safely. It's a good place for families • Close community, safe environment for young children. • Close enough to Edinburgh • Close enough to Edinburgh • Close knit community • Close to big cities • Close to countryside nice places to walk our dog • Close to countryside/walks amenity

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close to Edinburgh Close to family Close to hills but handy for Edinburgh Close to nature Close to the City Close vicinity to Pentland Hills & Edinburgh Closeness to countryside Community & friendly. Community Development Trust has worked hard to raise profile & noticed a difference in last year with more things happening. Occasionally call into its office & would volunteer but have limited time. Community environment Community feel about it Community is good a lot of nice people Community spirit Community spirit Community spirit Community spirit & it's getting better over last 2-3 years with more community events like the Gala (really good). Community spirit, especially around involving the school Community spirit, people look out for & help each other Community vibe Commuting to work in Livingston/Edinburgh easy with proximity (unless using public transport) Convenient location for work & access to all major roads north, south, east & west Core of a community Countrified see horses walking the streets Country walks Country-like Dalmahoy Hill Dog walking opportunities Easily commute to work in Edinburgh Easy access to Edinburgh & Livingston

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WALKING & CYCLING - 22 • Access to Wellwood Estate - delusions of grandeur to have access • Beautiful walks • Can walk everywhere • Children riding bikes on pavements is very dangerous for walkers • Easy access to outdoor activities hillwalking etc • Easy to cycle commute into Edinburgh for me • Enjoy walking & would be interested in a group • For kids going for walks • Fresh air & walks • Good local walks from door • Good place to walk dog . PUBLIC TRANSPORT - 39 • Better bus service sometimes not on time • Better now because of buses • Bus good service half hourly • Bus good service hope it carries on

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Good place to walk dog Good walking with small child Important to have somewhere for teenagers & high school pupils, though they are not a problem. Lots of nice walks Lots of places to walk/play Lots of walks Surrounding very walkable countryside including Kirknewton House Policies Walk the dog fields & woods Walks Walks We love being able to access local woods & fields & enjoy walking & cycling in the area too

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LOCAL FOOD - 1 Pending allotment space VEGETATION - 2 Community wood planted by families

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COMMUNITY CENTRE - 4 Village hall is great facility for the community Community hall

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FACILITIES/ACTIVITIES - 89 • Access to amenities & shops in Livingston • All amenities shop excellent • Area in Kaimes (see map) improve & tidy up & make it an area safe for kids to play. • Children's Cosy Cafe on Friday good thing • Chip Shop • Chip Shop • Close to East Calder for Rhyme Time at Library • Close to good shopping

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PARK - 21 • Better Park to keep us content • Big play park • Fab to have a park (& will be even better once upgraded) • Good doing the Park up • Good doing the Park up • I know the park will be done up & will then use. • Improve park new football goals • Other small parks as now have bigger population possibly in field & waste ground between Kaimes & railway. • Park area could be more of a hub & build on what is in village. SCHOOL - 39 • Balerno has good High School • Buddy system in school so when around in village less likely to have bullying - can walk up the road & everyone looks out for each other. • Excellent school • Extend or build new school as oversubscribed priority for those living in village • Good friendly school • Good nursery/primary school and in Balerno High School catchment area • Good Primary & Secondary Schools (Kirknewton & Balerno HS) • Good primary school • Good school • Good school • Good school • Good School/Nursery • Good schools • like the school • Local School is very good • Lovely Nursery & Primary School • Mums& Toddlers, school great for kids • Primary school • Primary School has a good reputation & feeds into Balerno • Primary school has good reputation APPEARANCE - 13 • Pub hanging baskets

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Primary School is excellent Primary school within walking distance Priority for school places should be for those already living here. School School School School School School & catchment for Balerno High School School a lot of life in the village centres around it School is fantastic School not capable of expanding with the community Schools Size of school not adequate for all new housing The local school The school is excellent Toddler group Too many houses & new developments for school therefore uncertainty of getting a place. Within the catchment of a highly rated school (Balerno)

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DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING - 1 West Lothian Council do quite a good job KCDT - 10 • Establishment of Community Development Trust keen to find out more about what they are doing. • Fantastic Trust initiatives like the A. D. Plan (Anaerobic Digester) & the Powerdown • Good that we have a Development Trust • I like and appreciate that there seems to be a strong initiative towards supporting the Community Development Trust. • Like the opportunities being given to us MISCELLANEOUS - 12 • Animals & sheep • community council, KCDT, allotments committee, parents group etc getting people together and putting thoughts into action • Good C of S church will excellent current Minister • I have a car so OK • Kirknewton Facebook good way to find out about things on-line • Level crossing & accidents don't know

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Appendix 2: All comments: What people don’t like (381 comments recorded) LOCATION - 12 • Get the feeling that 'beyond the railway line' is not automatically included in Kirknewton • I think the main divide in this community is between the 'locals' and the new residents. I also think this centres round the public house where the locals use and I think having spoken to a friend who moved out that there's a culture up the pub that many newcomers don't know about or are willing to explore. The opposite is also true for the locals, not partaking in many new things which the newcomers bring into the community • In days of old, everyone used to celebrate Gala Day with communal BBQ's etc. • Not enough incentive for adults in the WALKING & CYCLING - 12 • Children riding bikes on pavements is very dangerous for walkers • Cycle route 75 as exists is highly dangerous from East Calder junction through the village & along Dalmahoy Road • Difficulty to get anywhere on bike ride without negotiating very busy road • Improve signing for public walks/paths • Lack of maintenance of footpath Haggs Road – too dangerous • No obvious walking paths • No pavement to Kirknewton from PUBLIC TRANSPORT - 65 • Although bus has improved, still limited bus passes villages e.g. can't get to Balerno & Broxburn nor Royal Infirmary have to go via East Calder. LRT used to go through & was better than First Bus. • Appallingly bad public transport links • Bus links only 1 bus that serves the village • Bus service not reliable

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VEGETATION -1 • Trees close to the house afraid it will fall on house CAFÉ -2 • Coffee shop or somewhere for lunches able to socialise in village without having to go to say Livingston. Suggest COMMUNITY CENTRE- 7 • Limited Community Centre facilities • One small village hall limits what groups can be developed e.g. no real base for youth over weekend • Small Village Hall only used by one user at a time needs Community Centre • The current Village Hall is no longer DOG ISSUES - 25 • Animals fouling on paths • Careless dog owners who don't clear up on paths & Play park • Cat & dog poo is health danger - toxic • Cat poo - need to check for it before children can go in garden • Dog dirt - pavements • Dog fouling • Dog fouling • Dog fouling and graffiti/vandalism spoils some of the common areas unfortunately

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FACILITIES/ACTIVITIES - 84 • Although in WLDC boundary, local authority support & action , spending etc. is to say the least, rather negative • Community Centre/Cafe internal meeting place • Could be more for older kids to do • Despite the Pub, Post Office & Shop existing, there is no other gathering place such as a tea-shop/restaurant, which tends to isolate the community. • Facilities limited • Fear of using pub • Few gathering places/spaces for all ages • Footpaths outwith village centre poorly marked/non-existent • Health Service part-time clinic? • I don't think that there is enough for teenagers & adults to do in the village • Kids play facilities limited dated • Lack of any restaurants • Lack of community facilities (often promised never delivered!) • Lack of facilities in Park. • Lack of resources for children & teenagers. • Lack of use of Village Hall for classes/pastimes etc. e.g. Tai Chi/other classes • Limited public services • Little to interest teenagers or older children • Local amenities are too expensive e.g. Shop • Local pub appearance of building & noise level at times encroaches on personal space feel this could be improved upon considerably! • Local pub not particularly inviting scraped paintwork & no name • Maybe a more active Youth Club,

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SCHOOL - 13 • Decent surface in School playground • Local School at/beyond capacity • School is already too small for people who wish to attend it. • School/Nursery oversubscribed • Extend or build new school as oversubscribed priority for those living in village • Kids didn't get into the Primary School as it's full • No wrap-around care @ School effect on those who want to work APPEARANCE - 39 • Area in Kaimes improve & tidy up & make it an area safe for kids to play. • Cleanliness: dog dirt/broken glass • Council doesn't both to do much up here grit not cleared. Kaimes area there is query over ownership. Roads falling to bits & we pay our Council Tax. • Council never do anything for here a forgotten corner nothing cleaned up for 2 years garage area never swept in 2 years (see map) • Eyesore outside pub & cigarettes left out • Face lift with tidy fencing who has responsibility? (Kaimes) • Grass areas behind Kaimes & other

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Primary school oversubscribed Priority for school places should be for those already living here. School not capable of expanding with the community School too small due to new housing Size of school not adequate for all new housing Too many houses & new developments for school therefore uncertainty of getting a place.

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to improve this? Kirknewton sign at east end of village has 'r' & 'v' covered up so now reads 'Please die slowly' I don't want to die slowly! Landscape area behind Kaimes also other grass areas as Council won't adopt & householders don't do their bit to look after. Litter Litter in & around village Litter, fly tipping & general untidiness Local pub in poor condition Looking a bit run down (overall general comment) Looks tatty got tattier Noisy standing outside pub & brings down the tone & standard of village None Not clean Not kept as clean as used to be Parking areas in Kaimes are messy Poor cleanliness, communal grass doesn't get cut Council don't clean up as dispute on ownership. Several areas of the town are scruffy & poorly maintained. Lots of small & large areas of land are filled with litter & waste, even very close to the village centre. Not enough care is taken to make the town more aesthetically pleasing, a specific example is the old bus left rotting away at the local garage? Roads in/out of Kirknewton are also scattered with litter. The local pub doesn't appear to have a name? Looks a bit scary too. Road sign on way into village appears to say 'Please Die Slowly'!

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT - 42 • All the cars particularly Main Street • Area by rail crossing doesn't feel safe 7-8 trains an hour (not all stop, some are freight) • Buses in Main Street • Busy road • Busy road running past school too much traffic • Car parking in Main Street & near school

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LOCAL ECONOMY - 4 • Lack of affordable childcare presents many parents working. • Broadband speeds are slow by all network providers DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING - 9 • Bins out the front of the houses on Main Street makes it difficult with buggies dangerous having to use the road (double buggy & dog) • Danger of over development planning applications for areas inevitably will lead to increased population, traffic etc. • It's grown too much • Live opposite area where proposed

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appearance & safety (in terms of access for elderly & disabled) e.g. area at bus top opposite graveyard & parking areas MISCELLANEOUS - 38 • A lack of visibility of the police within the village. I have yet to see the community officer on the beat in any regular certainty. • More community policing & police awareness for the kids. Police need to make presence aware, especially with the new Park. Police to be pro-active with teenagers. • No Police presence • No Police presence - Police based in Broxburn which is too far away Guy with knife @ house for 20 minutes but half an hour before police came • No Police they only come during the day when kids not around. • Bus stop near the graveyard bad (the police know it’s a bad spot) • Lack of police presence • Air quality often poor smelly & airborne dust/dirt • Distributed rather than nuclear village • Had to fight tooth & nail to get gritting at the top end of Braekirk Avenue • Need to get more individuals involved in community projects same faces at all meetings • Not a huge amount of things for kids & adults to do • Not a lot of political interest Kirknewton is on the fringe of West Lothian possibly stronger links perceptionally with Edinburgh • Old stayers & newcomers (dormitory town) split community • Progressively becoming too busy for existing infrastructure • Street lighting out for some weeks • Too many committees/interest groups lacking a bit of focus which actually delivered something • Vandalism & groups of youths in small square next to Chip Shop. They play football there & jeer at me when I come & go from my house. Footballs damage

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Appendix 3: All comments: Changes/Improvements 610 recorded comments LOCATION – 5 • Kirknewton has an excellent location and not enough is made of this! • Nothing • We moved her 2.5 years ago and just love living here there is an amazing community feel, good communication network with fb/connect, perfect rail network and the pub has always a friendly environment for a wee dram at WALKING & CYCLING – 44 • Access for walking & cyclists could be improved • Access path up Newlands way which would give circular route Stables way & Ormiston, should be linked if they want to be part of our community, with sensor lights on the path to save energy by being solar powered. Paths don't have to be expensive could be whindust which is local to Ravelrig Quarry. • Alternative to wheelie bins in Kaimes there's lots of steps up & down to houses so they're left on path so no room for walking, buggies & small children on bikes & scooters. Suggest communal large bins put into parking area separate for recycling, especially with the new food waste recycling due to happen. They would be quicker to empty. • Better access to safe cycle paths • Better signs & access to local country walks, especially to connecting local features like Dalmahoy Hill, Balerno, Pentlands etc. • Bike paths Kirknewton to East Calder • Can the tractor path be used next to farm which goes under A71? • Create signposts for country walks • Cycle lane by School but people parking what's the point of it if it can't be enforced for cars not to park • Cycle paths linking the outlying housing

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areas i.e. Ormiston, Newlands, Humbie etc. Cycle paths, extend rural paths Cycle routes from the village suitable for children in particular to link with Almondell Country Park Encourage walking to school Enforce no parking outside the School to ease traffic problems in the morning maybe set up a Walk to School system which may bring people together & strengthen the community. Farmers: put up a notice about which areas can be used to walk across land Foot/cycle path connection to Pentland walks Footpath at side of road out of village to Linburn Road (see map) Improve facilities: cycle paths, paths wider & open up pathway opposite Ormiston Farm for cycling/walking Improve path up to airfield (see map) Keen cyclist more off road paths/cycle route to Edinburgh Make the most of what we have info about local walks, places of interest Measured walking routes for Walking Group More community activities for all ages e.g. cycling tracks/trails More cycle & walking paths More footpaths, paths through the farmland

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More people to walk instead of using car in the village More walking paths would be good More walks Path access so people up Newlands way can be part of the community Path from village to Almondell Country Park could be more walker friendly & better for children (and bike path). Path improvements (see map) Paths around village to encourage walking/cycling Rural network of paths around the area for hiking & cycling made more accessible (i.e. a path to Dalmahoy Hill etc.) Safer road crossing for pedestrians particularly children walking to/from school Seating in the village to encourage more people to walk more Some paths impassable around the village Walk/cycle way Walking group idea sounds really good Walking/cycling paths/network wildlife areas to be indicated - lots of buzzards etc. We could try & formalise some of the informal footpaths around the village Would like to join a walking group want to keep active B/L Make pavement safe & clean B/L Pavement from A71 Linburn to Kirknewton (Top Priority) B/L State of Haggs Road

PUBLIC TRANSPORT - 58 • A more reliable AFFORDABLE bus service. First Bus try your patience!! and your purse. • An improved train service would be good i.e. more running later trains back from Edinburgh etc. • Better bus service • Better bus service sometimes not on time • Better bus service unreliable put on a wee Sprinter • Better bus service unreliable put on a

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Edinburgh is 11.30pm. 27 bus to Livingston could be diverted. Link up bus service so could get to East Calder (don't drive, mum at home) i.e. Medical Centre. Currently stops at top end & have to walk quite far with 2 children 2 & 4. local small bus connection between Kirknewton, East and Mid Calder and south to Balerno and Currie More buses at peak-time to & from Edinburgh More frequent bus & train service would improve carbon footprint as public transport would take more passengers. More parking, bus times linked to train times; fulfilment of village (ESO) dreams and plans More public transport would make it easier for people to get in & out of village Need more buses to get to local amenities need more frequent bus links with Balerno – high school children People need to know more about what's going to happen with the changes at level crossing with public transport put info in Konnect pram friendly buses Public transport from here to Balerno e.g. for evening classes Revamp whole structure of bus & should be regular (High priority) Something like the Post Office bus Train service to Glasgow that doesn't take 1 & quarter hours Train times could be improved upon particularly in the evening

RECYCLING - 9 • A local exchange for goods (like Freecycle but local) would be good to reduce waste or things going to tip if others could put these to use • Better recycling facilities • Glass recycling bins • Glass recycling bins

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VEGETATION 15 • A renewed focus on the wood that was planted adjacent to the playing field tidy up paths, plant bulbs etc. • A village-in-bloom project • Bring in some summer planting in the village • Generally tree planting to enhance the area, village & surroundings • Grass areas could be prettier, like at bus stop on Hillhouse Terrace, area behind bus stop opposite cemetery • Main Street lacking in colour e.g. a few hanging baskets on lamppost or similar e.g. space at Pub & at Festival shop • Make more of flowers, plants to make the village more attractive planters outside the shop/on Main Street • Maybe some floral decoration would • CAFÉ - 16 • A Cafe for everyone to congregate, with filled rolls for passing trade, Smoothy makers & healthy services for kids & adults alike somewhere funky & up-todate nice decor, Pannini's etc. • A cafe somewhere to meet friends • A cafe, even a couple of days a week, serving lunch ...Village Hall? • A central meeting place/Cafe • A small Cafe lots of parents drop kids off at clubs which only last half an hour

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cheer up the Main Street More trees planted around to hide the railway. Farm at level crossing end re planting trees More trees planted look after village wood More trees planted look after village wood More woodland 'Sense of arrive' into village & plant daffs on verges on approaches into village Signage of footpaths & general signage in area points of interest e.g. conservation village The banks along the burn could be greatly improved nettles & other weeds have taken over

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COMMUNITY CENTRE - 30 • A bigger Community Hall (Village Hall is great but not big enough for a lot of things) • A Community Centre • A Community Centre or for the one we have to be redecorated • A community Centre would be lovely as Village Hall is small for some uses. If a community Cafe could be incorporated then this would be great. • A Community space for music practice, dance, meetings etc. • A new Community Centre is an obvious improvement space for playgroup, Kaspars, pensioners, youth club, sports clubs etc. The village would grow as a community (although not in size) with the provision of a new Community Centre. • A new Community Centre open for the young and elderly alike, available for private functions to make it more viable • Better Community Centre • Better Community Centre more open plan? • Better Village Hall/new Community Centre • Big Community Centre that can be used for everyone, more clubs for kids, could be hired out for private functions • Bigger Village Hall • Community Centre • Community Centre • Community Centre • community centre at edge of village so DOG ISSUES - 29 • Better & cleaner pavements dog poo dog

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more parking and kids playing around it doesn't disturb people Community Centre with small coffee shop for elderly Community Centre with somewhere for kids to go Community Hall with coffee shop/restaurant good to have a centre all ages can use Improve Community Centre facilities Improve the Village Hall or get a new one Larger centrally placed Community Hall/Cafe/informal elderly day activities Need a Community Centre with space for pool table etc. Open 6 at night supervised. 6-10 in dark hours to give teenagers something to do get the kids involved in raising money. New Community Centre with Surgery, better storage, car parking etc. Some money spent on improving the Village Hall facilities Village Hall done up & used more profitably i.e. things for wee boys Village hall expand/improve use for all ages especially teenagers Why do we always have to pay for Halls some families in the village are struggling have things on in the Hall that's free. Not all the pensioners are well off & costs need to be kept down so they can join in. Would be good to have a Community Centre/Bowling Green (see map)

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MORE FACILITIES/ACTIVITIES – 155 General - 97 • A pub for the whole community family friendly • a social place to meet • A weather shelter for the very dedicated lollipop lady • Access to a swimming pool! (Kirknewton baths would be better nearest public pool is Broxburn. 'Bubbles' does not count. • Access to Health Centre facilities within village particularly for those without own transport & the elderly • An oral history of the village • Another pub or somewhere to eat • ATM • ATM in Kirknewton I think this would be well used & helpful addition to the village • ATM/ cash line machine would be useful • ATM/Cash point • ATM/Cash line • ATM/Cash line hole in the wall • Badminton • Better Broadband • Better facilities i.e. a cafe would be nice • Better mobile & reliable Broadband would allow working from home

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there (Mapped) Community/Doctor Centre Cooking club Progressive meals Cooking club Progressive meals Could be another shop Could be more for older kids to do so they don't wreck the Park for younger children Cycle Club in summer Doctor in village Doctor or at least Nurse of Physio to visit village Doctor or at least Nurse of Physio to visit village Doctor's surgery (even a drop-in) closest is East Calder Doctor's surgery in village dying pubs – need more people going to it – better atmosphere East Calder on a Friday night has a Youth Club. My son who is 10 used to go. They do craft, snooker, play games, there's a Wii. Good for them socially. Kirknewton could do with something like that. Encouragement of more community involvement Entertainment for older people a new club Events in the Park e.g. in summer Fast Broadband Faster Broadband (working from home) Fence play area against dogs & to stop little kids getting out few more local facilities – shops – things to do considering the population few more shops Food co-op Gala flags should be throughout the village Good to have a bakers in Kirknewton Hard surface in Park for team sports I moved into Kirknewton in June 2007 & did not know anyone in West Lothian. The good thing was the existence of the Konnect Directory which gives information on the area but I wished I could have more information about the village and the activities/community life when I moved in.

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If more people got involved in things like Gala Day, more joining up & sharing of resources amongst the different organisations Improved facilities e.g. local pub raising profile of Kirknewton In full time jobs in our 30's with no kids and I would like to see some kind of activity for working adults! A lot of the activities appear to be for kids, families and or older people etc. I was thinking something like adult learning i.e. fitness, language class, EDCL and/or book club. Zumba is the only fitness available and costs 4 pounds for 45 mins! The list of relative cheap/easy to set up activity is endless. Increased community spirit!! Interested in history of village & done historical research Kirknewton would be a much better place if more people chose to be involved in community projects/clubs etc. Local based Surgery have to depend on a driver (I don't drive) Local Health Centre perhaps More activities in the village (all ages) More events/activities for families e.g. in Village Hall more facilities/entertainment More individuals involved - new scope to actions More news about the life in the village (activities/groups/events etc.) More shops - chemist More shops, a good pub with food where you could go for a family meal More traditional pub Music rehearsal space in the 'Eco' shed Need a clinic/doctor once or twice a week Need health classes at Community Centre e.g. Dance lessons, self defence Needs to be more for families Nice local inn & restaurant No dental surgery so have to go to East Calder Medical Centre OK if have car bus times have improved Our own Doctor's Surgery

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Practise room for bands Pub painted & fettled (smartened up) Pub: lunches, tea/coffee Shop: improve range of goods sold Slimming club in Village Hall once a week Sports: tennis courts Mr Wellwood? Would he open up to village use? Tennis courts @ Burnwynd but no public transport access The Kirknewton pub could do lunches, tea/coffee Village Feast might become an autumn fair Village Feast might become an autumn fair We need something to invite non-

Youth - 58 • 12-16 for Youth Club 5-6.30pm hour & a half, physical games • A cafe for young people • Activities for children e.g. 9 years + • Activities for teens • Activities for teens e.g. a Club • Ask the kids • Ask the young people • Bit more for teenagers to do • Get the kids involved in developing ideas i.e. get involved in raising money for community building • Important to have somewhere for teenagers & high school pupils, though they are not a problem. • Maybe a community space with drop-in facilities for teenagers (i.e. table tennis, Wii etc.) • More activities for children i.e. Skate park • More amenities for children • More for kids 5-a-side • More for teenagers especially boys, i.e. drop-in cafe internet thing - already one for an hour a week but its limited to Church so may put some people off. • More for the younger ones lack of transport & can't drive etc. • move classes for kids – i.e. karate – locally so don't have to rely on public transport • Multi-purpose gym hall, i.e. different

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coloured lines for different sports e.g. tennis red, football green (like Ratho) open at night for Brownies, Guides, football, hangout for teenagers. My children are now past nursery age but wrap around care for this age group would be appreciated by many Need to be things for the teenagers Needs to be more in the village for all age groups & young people boredom is leading to vandalism Opportunities for children & young people to participate in the development of community life Quite happy with what I need, though it's the young ones who need things Rugby group Sunday morning would lead a group (volunteer to work with youth teams) Safe outdoor area for children Skate Park built in Park for older children skateboard area up in the park Soccer group Some sort of childcare/nursery that would bring people from all the housing areas together Some sort of meeting place for young people Some sort of play area in Kaimes Some sort of Youth/Activities Club for 11-16 year olds

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PARK - 48 • A better Park • A tennis court in the Park • Another play area other side of village from the Play Park • Area in Kaimes (see map) improve & tidy up & make it an area safe for kids to play. • Better Park play equipment • Better Park with more modern play facilities • Better paths in Play Park to make them weather-proof & more user friendly for pram-pushers, children on bikes & skates etc. • Better use of the Park area more facilities for all, not just younger children • big park needs more for older children • Bike track in Park • Bike track in Park • Central entry to Play Park needs reinstatement for convenience of adult

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& child users (currently children climb over fence & sometimes hurt themselves where gate used to be) Exercise machinery in Park Fence in new Play area as then safer environment & clean from dog poo Five-a-Side pitch for main Park & lit so can play longer, especially in winter Give Kirknewton Park lighting for kids Have an all-weather hockey pitch at a Sports Centre like East Calder I know the park will be done up & will then use. improve park Improve: play facilities dated Improved Park Improvements to facilities in Park for children Lighting in the Park Maybe another Park for kids, nearer the other end of the village so kids that aren't allowed up to the main Park can

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SCHOOL - 15 • 5 million pounds spent on underpass might be spent more usefully on enlarging or building a new school. • All-weather pitch at school and/or tennis court • Annual litter awareness campaign in Primary School aimed at children (+ parents/adults) • Expand school to ensure places for all village kids • Extend or build new school as oversubscribed priority for those living in village • Housing in the village is expensive and cost of living relatively high perhaps more affordable housing should be purchased & provided back to residents. I would not like to see more houses being built village is big enough & school • APPEARANCE - 26

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is full. Modernise school facilities More spaces in the school Priority for school places should be for those already living here. School also needs a shelter in playgroup for parents picking up School needs more classroom space, as houses still getting built, thus more kids coming into village. School to be modernised School: more classroom space for the expanding village School: school could have a shelter so that when it is raining parents won't get wet Slightly larger Primary School facilities needed to cater for existing population

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A community wide effort to clear up litter & keep the village clean. It works elsewhere. Arrange a community litter collection or ask Council to do it Ask garage owner to hide/remove old bus Brighter more lively Main Street Bulldoze Kaimes Estate & rebuild Cleaner & tidier cleaner streets council to remove extra grit from footpath Face lift with tidy fencing who has responsibility? (Kaimes) If it was a brighter, more colourful village Improve the look as Kaimes is tatty Improve waste ground on right hand side going to East Calder (see map) it's a bog in the winter & been like it for 16+ years. Builder should do something about it. Improved cleaning from Council. Cut communal grass. Dispute ownership get it sorted Improved waste collection larger bins to collectively store waste as opposed to

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT - 62 • As all residents know, the 'S' shaped bend in the Main Street is a hazard, especially because, due to insufficient parking spaces, cars are forced to park on one side of the street. Cars, vans, lorries & buses all have to drive through the village and speeding is a problem. Therefore, I suggest 2 'sleeping policemen' to be built on the Main Street, approaching the said 'S' bend. • At the moment there is too much village traffic too many heavy lorries using as a by-pass • Better street lighting between the railway station & the traffic lights (this is a dangerous road to walk at night) • Better traffic management in village i.e. electronic sign or bump, also on airport road or near school (map) • Big advance warning signs to make

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people aware of the Kirknewton turning – traffic lights Bus area is marked on one side but not on other, plus area should be marked as no parking Car park areas in Kaimes could be maintained for safety when people are mobilising as on a steep hill Change Network Rail's plans for crossing improvement for options more acceptable to community Close the Main Street to rat-running lorries, limited use of yellow lines to control careless parking, speed reducing methods on Station Road right up to Newlands Estate. Disabled parking somewhere near Shop/PO/Village Hall Disabled parking somewhere near Shop/PO/Village Hall

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LOCAL ECONOMY - 5 • Attracting more small businesses • Info on cheaper energy use in area as have no gas • Kirknewton needs to be nice enough that people want to come here. This could stimulate the local economy & support DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING - 20 • Affordable housing • Alternative to wheelie bins in Kaimes there's lots of steps up & down to houses so they're left on path so no room for walking, buggies & small children on bikes & scooters. Suggest communal large bins put into parking area separate for recycling, especially with the new food waste recycling due

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to happen. They would be quicker to empty. Disabled parking somewhere near Shop/PO/Village Hall Grit used in winter gets into house. Should sweep up grit & reuse. It took 3 days for tractor to get down to Kaimes from main road had to dig ourselves out lots of complaints were put on Facebook. Make Kaimes Crescent a one-way because narrow & double parking Needed to take about 2 week’s holiday because of snow of last 2 winters. The way cars were parked stopped services getting down to Kaimes. No disabled parking in Main Street Not able to get out for 3 days over winter slopes & ice. This affects people's working life. Snow plough piled the snow up round the cars. Parking issues on-going but especially when snowing. Frequent double parking on Kaimes Crescent especially at night time means it's a hazard. Bin lorries can't get down. Roads in Kaimes area not managed well when there was snow. Sort out winter arrangements Kaimes is on slope & ice is dangerous especially older people & for children.

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MISCELLANEOUS - 29 A reliable signal on phone e.g. today is typical trying to get signal for several hours to speak to other people in village depend on it as no landline. Better gritting in the winter Council says communal Kaimes areas belong to MOD Council seeking opinions from residents about their performance Garage owner stopped from extending his business to public area Grit used in winter gets into house. Should sweep up grit & reuse. Having villages own supply of salt in advance of winter e.g. Park & a few other places throughout village Higher visibility of community policing between the times of 19.00 & 22.00. I think a culture change is needed in Kirknewton. In this new challenging world, communities such as ours need to integrate to survive. I think there could be a class divide with middle class people moving out of the city into a predominantly working class village. Something to break this stigma of classes and the 'newcomers' from the 'locals' would help greatly with this, to help aid integration.

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Is there any system in place to support elderly or infirm in cases of extreme snow etc. when care at home services can't get through? A local buddy system could be set up. Knowing who - elderly or disabled - who could do with help shopping, company system for holding this information Limit the area beside the Community Office so this isn't a football area for children Maintaining & building on village e.g. good the Gala has come back. Nothing particularly Information points about history of the village School inform children not to go & play in Graveyard educate them @ School Solar panels on all community buildings Sort out Midlothian versus West Lothian conflict for postal address versus local authority Sort out winter arrangements Kaimes is on slope & ice is dangerous especially older people & for children. More community policing & police awareness for the kids. Perhaps a mediator could be allocated for the village i.e. minor disputes/confrontations could be dealt with

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before they escalate/get out of control’. Police Police based in Livingston would be better as closer than Broxburn Police keep checking Kirknewton Police officer to patrol A police man to patrol Police need to make presence aware, especially with the new Park. Police to be pro-active with teenagers.

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Appendix 4: Balerno High School 26 pupils 12 – 17 + Youths at Kozi Café under 15 THINGS THEY LIKED LOCATION - 5 Good community, friendly Grass areas and open spaces, park, Good community Friendly PARK - 1 Park when sunny FACILITIES/ACTIVITIES - 13 Chippie Chippie

Football field football pitch Good Kozy Kafé Good shop Half decent shop Kozi Cafe Park Shop Shop Used to be something at the Church on a Sunday in the summer 6-12, paid 3 pounds and get food & drink was good

THINGS THEY WERE NOT SO KEEN ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT - 5 Bus to Ratho – Balerno – Kirknewton 424 bus only during the week Buses not reliable No good bus routes Poor bus services Transport, only one bus, prices, how often (more buses!) Park – not very entertaining, needing more items Park APPEARANCE - 3 Sewer smell

FACILITIES/ACTIVITIES - 5 Poor facilities not enough activities, not much to do for kids Nothing to do No skate park Not enough activities PARK - 4 Too dark to use the Park at night Pond in Park is dangerous for smaller kids Litter and gravel everywhere Kaimes Crescent Car Park / Cal de Sac needs cleaning up

CHANGES/IMPROVEMENTS THEY RECORDED AS BEING IMPORTANT E.G. PUBLIC TRANSPORT - 8 Better bus services to shopping centres Bus a few times a weekend that connects Balerno-Kirknewton-Ratho-Livingston (?424) Bus link to Ratho and Balerno is needed and needs to be frequent Bus route connecting Balerno, Ratho and Kirky to see mates Buses to Balerno 424 not just 44

Improve bus services with lots of suggestions as to what can be done Improve Kirknewton Buses To Ratho 41 and 48 – to enable people to see each other in Ratho and Balerno FACILITIES/ACTIVITIES - 12 Better place for teens/children Football team Metal football pitches

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Motocross track Put goalposts at field at the back of Hallcraigs Skate Park – with lots of reasons why they would like one i.e. because there is nothing to do; last forever; it’s a hangout place; cost of transport and lack of it to other venues, lack of things to do. Costs a bomb to get the train e.g. £4-£15. Also “let the kids design it”; concrete built Skate Park mentioned by a lot of the students Some more activities Try to have a variety of shops – remember the sweet shop Try to have more entertaining things for children (High School and Primary) Would be good to have a local football team Youth group enjoyed the one that was on

Flowers in areas Cleaning up messy areas – graffiti, poor tarmac Re-tarmac the car Parks in Kaimes Let kids change the village – look at what they want

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PARK - 8 Another set of swings or other equipment in the park Artificial turf so could be used all year round Astroturf in Park Flying fox Lights in the Park Park improvements Park needs improvements and more play items Skateboard ramp in Park

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Appendix 5: Kirknewton Nursery & Primary School NURSERY: WHAT THEY LIKE From single sheet with drawings Feeding the ponies The animals in the fields The fields The countryside Having a lollipop lady Village events like BBQs and Gala Days and Ceilidhs Dance classes at the Village Hall The Playgroup Kirknewton Nursery The bus The Railway Station The Post Office Swing Park Slide Walking to the Shops Friendly neighbours Cycling

I like to go and see the ponies near the railway line I like to go for a walk in the countryside Animals in field Going in the woods Being able to walk in the woods Trees Being near the countryside The birds visiting the garden Walking to Nursery Likes playing in the garden

We like everything about Kirknewton It feels a safe place Peace and quiet Our house

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I love going to the Park and playing on the slide Having a swing park New Play Park we are getting x 2 The swings and roundabout at the play park Big Park (especially when new play park built) Having a Park The Park playing on the swings Park The fact the Park is being upgraded Having a big Park (even better that it is soon to be refurbished following village consultation) I like seeing the cows in the field The fields Watching the lambs I like to feed the ponies

Having a Nursery and a School in the village The School and Nursery Nursery Nursery A great Nursery and Primary School Nursery School The Nursery/School

My friends I like being able to walk to friends’ houses Being able to play in my street with friends and on my bike Friendly people Friendly neighbours People are kind and helpful Being able to ride my bike to School and the Park Cycling to the shop Ballet class x 2 Dance class at Village Hall The Gala Day Village events like BBQs, Ceilidhs, Irish Jigs and the Gala Day Going for walks x 2 Playgroup x 2 Playgroup A well-stocked village shop and handy Post Office

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Shop The shop The village shop because it has Cbeebies magazines Going to the shop to buy sweeties I like to go to the local shop and not have to go in the car all the time Post Office I like posting letters in the Post Office Keith the friendly postman!

A lovely feeling of community Being safe on the road with Mrs Charleston Lollipop lady A lovely lollipop lady Having a regular (usually!) bus and train service Having a Railway Station Train Station

NURSERY: WHAT THEY DON’T LIKE From single sheet with drawings Glass in playground No space left at the dance class No Youth Club or other things for older Not much for kids to do as Park does not children have much in it Expensive bus service There might be room to fit me in the School Fast cars! When I get older I wish that there was Crossing the road by the shops more to do for older children, perhaps in No speed bumps the village Hall like a youth club No Cafe We need more kids clubs in the village Old Park No space left at the dance class in the The slippery grit in the Park because I feel Village Hall (too small) and hurt my knees Nowhere to go when raining local if you No duck pond don't drive Somewhere to go on my bike Nowhere to go for a cake and juice to meet Dog poo friends with Mummy Broken glass Somewhere to go on my bike Litter Small pavements when I'm on my bike Busy road Dog poo in the Park and in our street Dog poo Crossing the road by the shop I don't like fast scary cars on the road Dog poo in the Park and on the pavements is Cars drive too fast horrible!! Dog poo! (in Park and on pavements) Cars go too fast in the village No speed bumps Dog poo on all the pavements yuk! Lots of dog muck on pavements The Park at the moment Doggy poo I wish that there were new swings and a All the dog poo Dogs frighten me when they run the Park climbing frame in the play park No duck pond to feed ducks at! and on the paths and are not on leads Broken glass Glass in the Park Rubbish in Park Litter in the Park Litter Grit on pavements I didn't like the slippery grit because I fell and my knees bleed

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NURSERY: WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE CHANGED/IMPROVEMENTED From single sheet Another crossing for the road by the shops An ice-cream shop A new duck pond Book shop or Library More space for dance classes (bigger A fence to stop dogs going into the swing community centre) park P1/ 2 H LIKES I like the way you can go to the village hall and do things I like the Park it's nice I don't like broken glass Big lorries going too fast

I like the burn I like 'Potter Around' DISLIKES No bridge to cross the rails

IMPROVEMENTS A bigger school More toys in the Shop Glass recycling facility (Teacher comment) Car park to make it safer at home time Clothes/can recycling facility (Teacher (parents can pull in) comment) Village snowplough Swimming pool or changing rooms P2/ 1G LIKES Ballet, Rainbows, dancing, art club The Park Fresh water and milk Houses

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DISLIKES The shop At night people are noisy in the streets It is small Lots of pollution from cars and buses At night people swing the swings around the poles (In the park) IMPROVEMENTS Get the Council to make the gardens better A bigger Chip Shop

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The Graveyard is messy People throw glass The roads have cracks in them Improvements More things in the Park More bins in the Park (or empty current ones) Bigger Village Hall Bigger School Change the Shop - more toys Bakers/Deli

PRIMARY 4 LIKES Top 3 selected by Class Train Station Potter Around Chippy

Train Station The Train Station Potter Around x 2 Cosy Cafe in the Village Hall School The School Village Hall Village Hall

There's lots of space in the Park to play games such as football Woods in the Park The Park Park in the village Playground It's a small place so it's easy to find places The smell of the air The woods Trees The swamp The fields The people The farm Animals Nature Wildlife Countryside Weather

Top 3 selected by class Broken glass Bus Stops The Village Hall Park Park

Chip Shop in the village Chippy x 4 Post Office x 2 Post Office in the village Festival Stores The Shops sell lots of stuff Village Shop Shop in the village Shop Pub in the village for adults Pavements Houses People The Streets

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Hurting animals Resources for the school The resources at school

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Graveyard in the village Bus stops in the village Train track in the village The village hall The pub

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Top 3 selected by class The bus timetables so they don't meet Add dog dirt bins More activities

IMPROVEMENTS Houses with secret passages

The Village Hall bigger Police Station The bus timetables so 2 buses don't meet in the Main Street Add public toilets Add bins Add dog dirt bins More trees Bigger school Less school subjects No school The lunch tables in the school Less violence No silliness More fashionable clothes No school clothes More pets

Tesco Express Pet Shop Festival Stores bigger Add shopping centre Add sports centre Add hairdresser Add a Kirknewton football team Add a cinema Men's sport shop Pet shop because we would like pets a lot Cloth and sports shops Shops with umbrellas that block out light Activities Football goals in the school Astro pitch Swimming pool Add gym An ice rink Swimming pool because it would be very nice in the summer time Gym for exercise Child Gym Horse riding centre because girls really find it fun! Zoo because lots of people like the Zoo

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The Shop Potter Around Railway Station The School Village Hall Wildlife Wood DISLIKES Graffiti Dog poo on pavements Unkind people

Litter Top selected by Class Football team More trees Close bins Fix roads

IMPROVEMENTS Less grit Shop bigger Toys in shop Football team Ice rink Swimming pool P6 LIKES

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Our friends Friends My friend My family My house and friends My house x 4 Community My street My friends! My family My friends and family x 2 How we're all like one big happy family!

The weather Snow, rain, hailstones The snow

Potter Around Potter Around Potter Around The Stables Kaspars x 2 Ormiston Mains

We live in Scotland

Chips from the Chippy Chippy The Chippy x 2 The Chip Shop

The Railway Station to get to Edinburgh & Glasgow The Railway: because I can go to Edinburgh to the Build a Bear factory Park Church

The woods The wildlife The fields The woods & wildlife Wood The open space! The hill, round the back path The wildlife The swings in the Park

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The SIZE of the Park x 2 Internet TV My dinner Small village

Our small School x 2 The Post Office Meadowbank Hill The Village Hall x 2 Building Site Houses

DISLIKES People put the swings too high round the Cigarette things on top of bins pole Dog dirt (poo) People chuck footballs at you when you are playing at the Park The weather People dropping cigarettes on the ground x 2 The small Village Hall People playing with lighters at the Park near the toys School People under 18 walk around with alcohol Church near little children Park People chucking stuff at the Village Hall Small school windows Not a lot to do except for the Park Big kids walking around with knives in their hands Put tarmac in front of the basketball net so Big people play on the little swings when you could bounce a ball & it's on a hill little people want on them Closed doors in classroom People should not be litter bugs People with pen knives Shop not big enough (more variety of stuff People who burn things in the shop) People swearing ÂŁ should go in improvements People smoking Small Post Office Drunk people Bigger Park People (older kids) wreck the Park Better football pitch Bigger school More bins round the Park More adventurous stuff for the Park ex. zip Broken glass everywhere wire All the rubbish We want safe Railway Station Litter (more bins) Better signal for Broadband We don't like litter in the street The Shop (Festival Stores) isn't big enough Broken glass IMPROVEMENTS Obstacle course in Park Skate Park More events in Kirknewton AKA football More stuff for the Park lessons Paint balling at Kirknewton forest More arts and crafts lessons e.g. Pottery, Paint balling at Kirknewton Park clay making and glass making Bike track Assault course Water Park Youth club Swimming pool in the NAAFI Kirknewton sports team Better football pitch

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Game shop x 2 A big shop Better Chippy Art shop Clothes shop Pet shop Ice cream stand in the Stand Cinema More fizzy strawberry laces in the shop x 2

Rugby team Kirknewton football, rugby, hockey, basketball team Indoor bit at the Park for soft play or arcade Improve the Park Get an obstacle course in the top end playground Roller coaster Class for drug dealers to stop smoking and taking drugs Class for all the drug dealers to stop

Celebrities A Runway Show The Aeroplane Show

Wildlife place in Kirknewton or near x 2 Animal safety centre for stray animals x 2

Get some more bins in the Park Fix the pavements

Bigger shop with clothes in it x 2 Cafe Starbucks x 2 Costa

A flower garden in the Park

P7 LIKES Top 3 chosen by class The Park especially with new plans in place to improve it Cosy Cafe somewhere to meet others The Shop The wildlife / nature: cute and good for exploring Firs lots of them to climb Kirknewton Wood hide and seek, it's got bike bumps (small) The new Park spacious, forests The Stables because it's good for younger children The Park we like playing football The woods it's good for playing games Lots of great surroundings for children, park, trees to climb etc.

The Cosy Cafe: it's fun, cosy and FREE! Cosy Cafe free biscuits and hot chocolate On Friday the Cosy Cafe so we can meet up The Village Hall used for parties/clubs Village Hall because it is good for parties and things Shop/Chippy because they are good things The Chippy the food tastes nice Festival Stores it has nice food The Shop is good, the staff are lovely Everyone is friends A lot of nice people People because they're friendly Friendly village All our friends live here so we can play with our friends Some of the houses are nice

School because you get good education It's close to SOME people's work DISLIKES Top 3 chosen by class The Village Hall needs updated Nowhere to spend free time with others indoors Not enough bins to keep the area tidy

The hall could be bigger for more clubs The hall's interior needs updated Village Hall too small The Village Hall is too small

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Community Hall too crammed, too small Concrete under basketball court Park - the green shed They said they were getting a skate park but it never happened One of the best play equipment was taken down There's no nets on the goals More things at the Gala Day (have a King and Queen?) More activities in the weekends Nowhere to play really The Park because the older ones wreck it!

Some people get very bored because there's nowhere to go Football pitch always gets wrecked Get proper grit for winter not just stones Litter Too much litter Not enough bins Firs - thistles Chippy no hygiene

IMPROVEMENTS Top 3 chosen by class Improve/update the Village Hall Baguette Express Develop a Skate Park e.g. ramps for bikes, Butchers skateboards Chinese restaurant x 2 Create a full time meeting place, e.g. Cosy Greggs Cafe but not limited to Friday Ice cream stand / hot dog (in the summer) Ice cream stand Better entertainment Petrol garage Skate Park x 2 Bank of Kirkie A Skate Park & dirt bike track in Park Shake Bar or Juice Bar Bike track Scotmid More play areas Bigger and better shop (get a co-op, more Football nets/improved pitch stock) Nets on goals in Park Cafe More Zumba classes Library Bus stops need new plastic windows Basketball court Graffiti Wall More bins Climbing Wall Bin lorry schedule BMX course SKATE PARK Kids should be allowed in the pub till 7 Golf course o'clock Arcade Library with internet access Known vandals not allowed in the Park CCTV for vandalism - if you're caught pay Make the Hall better 50 pounds and village clean up Village Hall needs refurbished Bigger Village Hall Bus lane behind Park Upgrade Village Hall, make bigger (get Zebra crossing main road extension) make community centre/job centre Knock down Meadowbank View's wall

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Appendix 6: Maps with recorded site specific comments and ideas

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Kirknewton Community Consultation 2011  

What do the residents of Kirknewton like, not like and would like to see in their village

Kirknewton Community Consultation 2011  

What do the residents of Kirknewton like, not like and would like to see in their village

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