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.
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.
- 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.
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.