Cycling for all – Linlithgow hopes to deliver Scotland’s first ever closed road circuit!

Linlithgow Community Development Trust is owned and managed by the local community, working in partnership with other community groups, local businesses and the public sector.

Our aim is to make Linlithgow a better place to live and work, through a community led plan of action which provides services, amenities and financial support to local initiatives.

When the Trust was established in 2012 we held a community consultation which helped identify a multi-sport facility as a priority for the town, to include cycling, athletics and a skatepark.

Our vision

The aim is to build Scotland’s first ever closed road cycle circuit. 1km of quality track for everyone to enjoy. Giving everyone across central Scotland an opportunity to access a safe, traffic free cycling environment, from local cycle groups, Bikeability classes, disabled cycling, anyone dropping in for a fun day out, and even aspiring Olympians for some serious training!

Alongside the cycle circuit there will be a pump track, an athletics track with athletics facilities, plus a skatepark.

To find out more about the project HERE.

We’ve come a long way, but we’re still busy fundraising to make this vision a reality.

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Cycling Scotland Community Grants

Communities can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 via the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Fund to deliver local cycling projects

The purpose of the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund (CFSCF) is to support community groups to encourage cycling in their community and increase the number of locals making journeys by bike.

This Transport Scotland funded grant scheme enables community groups to support and deliver sustainable projects. Reducing single occupancy car use and increasing active travel options will also result in reduced local transport related carbon emissions and increased health and wellbeing of the community.

Key Criteria

Encourage more journeys by bike in your community
Increase opportunities for people to cycle in your community
Meet the needs of the community

For more information on the fund and to download the application form and guidance notes, click HERE.

Deadline for applications is noon on Tuesday 3rd May 2016.

Development Grants of up to £20,000 available

Established community cycling groups can apply for development grants of up to £20,000 to assist in developing a cycling culture locally. The purpose of the Development Grant is to support community organisations to achieve Cycle Friendly Community status through implementing measures to encourage more people to cycle.

The Development Grant process is outlined below:

STEP 1: Self-assessment
Community group should complete a self-assessment form along with their Development Grant application form and submit to Cycling Scotland for review.

STEP 2: Field assessment
A Cycling Scotland Development Officer will visit your community and carry out a field assessment. This will follow a more in depth assessment (using the same criteria set as the self-assessment).

STEP 3: Panel decision
Following the field assessment, the Development Officer will provide comments and recommendations which will be discussed with you and then attached onto your Development Grant application. The Grants Panel will receive your application and any additional comments or recommendations and a decision will be made within four weeks.

You can view the award criteria in the Cycle Friendly Community Award Handbook or apply for a Development Grant online HERE.

Deadline for Development Grant applications is noon on Tuesday 3rd May 2016.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your project or to find out more about the grants provided by Cycling Scotland.

New Lottery funding launched

BIG Scotland have today opened their new funding programmes. There is £250m available over 5 years, with grants ranging from £10,000 to £1m, and a new streamlined single stage process for grants of up to £150,000. 
BIG are pioneering a new approach, asking communities to tell them how what they want to do is ‘people-led, strengths-based and connected’.  
The programmes will support community-led activity with funding that will work with communities to bring real improvements to the places they live and the wellbeing of those most in need.
Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair said, “In these challenging times, we hope this New Lottery money will open the door to support activity which puts people in the lead at the heart of their communities.”
For more information on the new plans, eligibility and how to apply please go to the BIG website or you can email

Kettilstoun Community Sports Hub – The Master Plan

Here at last is our latest masterplan detailing our proposals to create a multi sports hub at Kettilstoun Mains. We hope you like it! (Click for full size PDF)


We commissioned PMR Leisure to produce this plan back in Spring 2014 and, subject to the usual planning, funding, design and consultation processes, we hope to make this plan a reality in partnership with West Lothian Council (WLC) and West Lothian Leisure (WLL) over the coming months and years.

Delivery will most likely be phased over time and some details may yet change with the above plan representing our overall aspiration for the Kettilstoun site as a centre for sporting excellence in Linlithgow.

The above diagram was presented to the Trust in September after an extended consultation process, along with a written report summarised below.

Report Summary

Long term aims of the project:

  • To provide a home for local sports clubs that do not have current training facilities and storage space of their own
  • To help the clubs improve sporting participation, health and fitness
  • To complement existing facilities to create a regional sporting facility for events, coaching and training
  • To deliver a shared use community building for use by other clubs and community bodies including non sporting clubs.

Key features:

  • 1600 metre long multi loop Closed Road cycling and running track for shared use
  • Sprint Lanes/Long Jump area
  • Field athletics area
  • BMX Track and Skate Board Park
  • New landscaping along A706 and provision for cyclo-cross training/racing
  • Events/Marquee space
  • Multi user Community Sports Hub Building to include possible cafe, office space, community room, meeting room, training room, sports changing rooms, toilets, sports kit storage space, kayak storage space
  • Additional car parking in addition to that already planned by WLL/WLC

It is worth noting that these are in addition to separate proposals from WLL and WLL/WLC namely the Leisure Centre extension and new 3G football pitch.

The Hub building in particular is still very much open to further consultation with potential users and residents of Linlithgow. Maybe you run a club that needs more space and would like a home, or perhaps you just have a general suggestion for a possible use of the structure. Please let us know what you think! Click here for more information on what kinds of purposes community sports hubs serve or alternatively visit the Sport Scotland website.

Stakeholders Group

To drive the project forward from here, the Trust has set up a Stakeholders Group to steer, shape and deliver the project and also plan for its future management once built. So far it comprises representatives from the LCDT, West Lothian Clarion cycling club, Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club, Linlithgow Reed Band, Linlithgow Kayak Club, Linlithgow Athletics, WLC, WLL and an individual canal enthusiast who also has considerable experience of fund raising. If you feel you could contribute to this group then we want to hear from you.

The Trust has applied to the Legacy 2014 Sustainable Sport for Communities fund for £25,000 to enable the Stakeholders Group to develop a business plan, and to contribute towards funding further land surveys, legal costs and building design. The crucial date of the 27 November is when we will know if we have been successful or not. Watch this space as we will let you know the outcome with a post on the website.

The master plan was also developed with input from national sporting bodies for football, cycling, athletics and kayaking. These organisations are, along with Sport Scotland, highly supportive of the plans. Remember however, this does not mean we have instant access to funding – we still need a business plan in order to make our case stand up.

How can I help?

  • Join the Trust – the more members we have, the more credible our proposals are taken and the more likely we are to secure vital funding
  • Practical assistance – if you have relevant skills and/or time to spare please consider helping us in delivery of the project – just drop us a line letting us know who you are and what you are interested in
  • Get your club involved – if you can see benefits from this project for a club you are involved with, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

To join the Trust either:

  • Pick up a paper membership form from Linlithgow Library
  • Join online

Our goal is to be able to say that we have 10% of the town’s population behind us by the end of the year! Help us reach our target!

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you all for the benefit of Linlithgow. This report is just the beginning – there is still a long road ahead.