As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic now, more than ever before, the future is all about local. We want to encourage people to embrace their local neighbourhood by spending more time locally, shopping local, using green spaces, cycling and walking where possible and supporting local wherever they can.
Linlithgow Community Development Trust also wants to continue to focus our priorities on what is important to the local community. So, we are asking our existing members to renew their membership which helps support the work we are doing.
You may have also seen we announced our proposed merger with Transition Linlithgow, which will sit as a project within LCDT. So, this is a good time for us to review our membership list and ensure it is up-to-date, relevant to the new organisation and data compliant.
Member benefits include:
- Opportunity to take part in our annual members ‘Have Your Say’ consultation to influence LCDT priorities.
- Be part of a community-led organisation.
- Develop new skills and experiences by accessing our volunteering opportunities.
- Access to learning and training events.
- Receive our Community News e-newsletter.
West Lothian Cycle Circuit
Our flagship project is the West Lothian Cycle Circuit. Since 2014 this has been a labour of love over the years with challenges along the way.
The vision is for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling and increase their cycling confidence.
To do this we are creating a 1km tarmac traffic-free circuit made up of four loops, for drop-in sessions, club use and organised activities.
Planning permission is in place and £572k of funding is secured to deliver the first phase (a 0.5km two loop circuit), thanks to the incredible support of our local community!
At the start of the year our successful crowdfunding campaign raised over £30k. This covers the costs of floodlighting, creating a facility to be enjoyed all year round. Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers who made this happen.
Our community energy enterprise project Linlith-Go-Solar aims to make solar work for the benefit of the whole town. We have had two successful phases of the project which has seen solar PV panels installed at Linlithgow Rugby Club, Linlithgow Golf Club and Linlithgow Sports Club.
£42K was successfully raised locally through our Community Bond offers which have helped fund these projects.
These solar panels are now producing cheap electricity for the clubs and paying back bond holders, not to mention being eco-friendly. Over the years ahead as the initiative make a surplus, this will allow LCDT to reinvest back into the community to support local projects. We have ambitious plans for phase 3 to create a place that is sustainable in energy, creating local jobs, business opportunities, community benefits, and young people’s opportunities.
The community is at the heart of all we do, and LCDT would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers in our town. Our community groups’ consultation in 2017 led us to develop a number of priorities.
We piloted the EH49 Hub, a twice-weekly co-working space at the Star & Garter Café. We also ran learning events for groups and businesses, a virtual business network and set up our popular Community Cake events, which now run online.
Last year we created and launched www.MyLinlithgow.com. It is truly a one-stop-shop for all the information you will need about Linlithgow, with directories of local businesses, community groups, venues, and a ‘what’s on’ calendar of local (and virtual!) events, activities and classes. The site contains tourist information, the town’s history and local volunteering opportunities. We also keep everyone updated via our social media channels.
We are now revisiting the creation of a new co-working hub/community space for the town. Would you be interested in using a co-working space in the town? Is so please let us know!
Transition Linlithgow’s work began in 2008 and has focused on taking action on local issues of sustainability and climate change.
Current projects include Linlithgow Tool Library and electric van and bike hire.
We also have projects on digital technology donations, plastic-free Linlithgow and encouraging active travel. You can find out more about TL’s previous work at https://www.transitionlinlithgow.org.uk/past-projects.html.
To continue developing these projects, and new ones, we need your help to show we have the support of the town. This can help us access funding pots to help progress our work. We also want to hear what your priorities are so that we can focus on what matters most to the community.
Please renew your membership to continue receiving member benefits at https://trust-linlithgow.org.uk/overview/register-for-membership/. It will only take a few minutes of your time.
We would also love it if you are able to share with any other locals who may be interested – thank you!