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  • Camp sites
    • Caravan, Camping and Little Lodges

      Beecraigs is a great destination for a holiday and welcomes caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and glamping alternative accommodation.

  • Car parking permits
    • Parking and car parks

      On-street parking is available in West Lothian either in designated parking places or in areas where parking is not controlled.

  • Car parks
    • Parking and car parks

      On-street parking is available in West Lothian either in designated parking places or in areas where parking is not controlled.

  • Caravan and camp site licences
    • Caravan, Camping and Little Lodges

      Beecraigs is a great destination for a holiday and welcomes caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and glamping alternative accommodation.

  • Care assessment
    • Care Services

      The care services section covers a range of services, guidance and information including Carer Support including Respite Breaks for Carers, Care Services for Children, Care for Young People, Children in care, residential care for children, young people in care, care for disabled people, learning disability care, the Ability Centre, home care, garden maintenance, care homes, sheltered housing, physical disability service and sensory support service.

  • Carers
    • Care Services

      The care services section covers a range of services, guidance and information including Carer Support including Respite Breaks for Carers, Care Services for Children, Care for Young People, Children in care, residential care for children, young people in care, care for disabled people, learning disability care, the Ability Centre, home care, garden maintenance, care homes, sheltered housing, physical disability service and sensory support service.

  • Cemeteries
  • Child care
    • Childcare

    • Childcare and Parenting

      Information on childcare options can be found from the Scottish Families Information Service in the Related Links. Information on support for parents can be found through the links to Sure Start and Parenting West Lothian.

  • Child protection
    • Children and Families

      Find information, advice and resources available for children and families in West Lothian including Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC), early years services, fostering, child protection, Children and Young People Team, Youth Inclusion Project and Child Disability Service.

  • Childminding
    • Childcare and Parenting

      Information on childcare options can be found from the Scottish Families Information Service in the Related Links. Information on support for parents can be found through the links to Sure Start and Parenting West Lothian.

  • Children at risk
    • Children and Families

      Find information, advice and resources available for children and families in West Lothian including Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC), early years services, fostering, child protection, Children and Young People Team, Youth Inclusion Project and Child Disability Service.

  • Children's activities
    • Barbecue Hire

      The Park offers beautiful woodland and riverside walks, picnic areas with seating and a barbeque facility. Whilst visiting the park why not have a barbeque with your group.

    • Bathgate Partnership Centre

      Located within the partnership centre are a wide range of council services as well as the management committee led Bathgate Community Centre.

    • Caravan, Camping and Little Lodges

      Beecraigs is a great destination for a holiday and welcomes caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and glamping alternative accommodation.

    • Children and Young People

      Books, DVDs, storytimes, Bookbug sessions, author visits and much more at your local library

    • Facilities Hire

      Almondell & Calderwood Country Park can offer many facilities for hire, barbecue hire, room hire within the Visitors Centre and also an exhibition room for hire.

    • Your Library

      Find your nearest library, opening hours and contact details.

  • Children's homes
    • Care Services

      The care services section covers a range of services, guidance and information including Carer Support including Respite Breaks for Carers, Care Services for Children, Care for Young People, Children in care, residential care for children, young people in care, care for disabled people, learning disability care, the Ability Centre, home care, garden maintenance, care homes, sheltered housing, physical disability service and sensory support service.

  • Civic amenity sites
    • Accumulations of Waste and Rubbish

      Services are available to residents and businesses to remove all types of waste. Where waste and material for recycling is not being placed in bins, bins are not put out for collection or bins have been overfilled, rubbish can begin to accumulate in gardens, back yards and other areas.

    • Customer Information Service (CIS)

      The Customer Information Service deals face to face with enquiries on all council services.

    • Local Recycling Centres

      West Lothian Council provides six Community Recycling Centres where residents can take household items to be recycled or disposed of. Details of the locations and opening hours of recycling centres can be be viewed here.

    • Glass Recycling

      The roll out of a new colour separated glass recycling scheme throughout West Lothian is now underway. You can find details of your nearest glass recycling point below.

    • Recycling Locator

      Recycling Locator - where to recycle in your local area. Want to be able to quickly find out what and where to recycle in your local area?

    • Request a Bulky Uplift

      Request a bulky uplift for items of bulky domestic waste.

  • Civil weddings
  • Commercial waste disposal
    • Commercial Waste

      West Lothian Council runs a frequent service to collect refuse, waste paper and cardboard from commercial premises throughout the district.

    • Commercial Waste Information

      West Lothian Council runs a frequent service to collect refuse, recycling and cardboard from commercial premises throughout the area.

  • Community centres
  • Community development
    • Armadale and Blackridge Ward

      Armadale and Blackridge Ward is the smallest in West Lothian with a total population of 14,819. Armadale is the largest settlement in the ward. Other settlements located in the ward include Blackridge [including Westrigg] Westfield and Torphichen.

    • Bathgate Ward

      Bathgate is the third largest ward in West Lothian and has a population of 21,058. Bathgate is the largest settlement in the ward and ( including Boghall) has a population of 19,220.

    • Broxburn, Uphall and Winchburgh Ward

      Broxburn, Uphall and Winchburgh is the sixth largest ward in West Lothian with a population of 18,561. The ward includes the communities of Broxburn, Dechmont & Bangour, Ecclesmachan & Oatridge, Rural Drumshoreland, Uphall & Winchburgh. The largest settlements are Broxburn and Uphall with a combined population of 14,880.

    • Community Regeneration

      The Community Regeneration Team delivers a range of services to support some of our most disadvantaged communities and individuals, with a particular emphasis on engaging with people to build personal and community capacity.

    • East Livingston and East Calder Ward

      East Livingston and East Calder is the fourth largest ward in West Lothian with a population of 19,752. It contains Uphall Station, Pumpherston, Craigshill, Mid Calder, East Calder, Kirknewton, Wilkieston, Harburn and Roman Camps.

    • Fauldhouse and The Breich Valley Ward

      Fauldhouse and the Breich Valley is the seventh largest ward in West Lothian with a population of 16,716. This ward includes Fauldhouse, Longridge, Stoneyburn, Addiewell, West Calder, Harburn, Polbeth and Breich.

    • Linlithgow Ward

      This is the second smallest ward in West Lothian with a population of 16,034. The ward includes Linlithgow, Linlithgow Bridge, Bridgend, Philpstoun and Threemiletown, rural Beecraigs and Acredales, rural Kettleston Mains to Wester Woodside and rural Newton.

    • Livingston North Ward

      Livingston North is the second largest of West Lothian's nine wards with a population of 21,610. The ward includes the communities of Knightsridge, Deans, Eliburn, Carmondean and part of Livingston Village.

    • Livingston South Ward

      Livingston South is the largest of the nine West Lothian wards, with a population of 24,301. It includes the communities of Dedridge, Ladywell, Howden, Murieston, Bellsquarry and part of Livingston Village.

    • Together For Health (T4H)

      Together for Health (T4H) is a community based project which works to promote healthy lifestyles in the Armadale and Fauldhouse areas.

    • Whitburn and Blackburn Ward

      This is the fifth largest ward with a population of 19,229. It includes the communities of Blackburn, Greenrigg, Seafield and Whitburn and East Whitburn.

  • Community grants
    • Armed Forces Covenant Fund

      The Armed Forces Covenant Fund was established to support the Community Covenant and to fund local projects that bring together the civilian and armed forces communities.

    • Bathgate Ward

      Bathgate is the third largest ward in West Lothian and has a population of 21,058. Bathgate is the largest settlement in the ward and ( including Boghall) has a population of 19,220.

    • Community Arts Grants Scheme

      Community Arts manages and administers West Lothian Council's Community Arts Grants Scheme.

    • Community Grants

      A wide range of funding is available from a number of sources including the UK and Scottish Governments, the European Union and numerous charitable trusts. Many of these schemes are available to organisations in West Lothian.

    • Gala and Other Events, Applications and Funding: Information and Advice

      The Regeneration Team have responsibility for the management and payment of the Gala Committee and Other Events Fund and the management and updating of the Gala and Other Events, Applications and Funding: Information and Advice page.

    • Pensioners Christmas Fund

      The Voluntary Sector Support Team have responsibility for the management and payment of the Pensioner's Christmas Fund.

    • Voluntary Organisations

      West Lothian Council commissions a wide range of voluntary organisations to provide specific social and community-based services that support individuals and communities most in need.

    • West Lothian Development Trust

      What is the West Lothian Development Trust Fund? The West Lothian Development Trust fund is money received from windfarm developments in West Lothian.

  • Community safety
    • 101 Non-Emergency Number

      101 is the telephone number to contact the police when it's less urgent than 999

    • Be Safe Around Railways

      West Lothian has three main railway lines running across it and therefore there has to be an understanding of its dangers as well as the convenience it brings to people living and working in West Lothian.

    • Bin the scammers - stop, think and check

      The Think Jessica campaign, which raises awareness of scam mail, has once again put a spotlight on the issue of organised groups who are out to con people - whether it is by post, telephone, door knocking or online.

    • Community Safety

      Information on Community Safety and priorities for West Lothian Community Safety Partners

    • Computer On-Line Safety Advice

      As parents, there are steps you can take to be sure that your children are 'surfing' the internet safely and to ensure that they continue to have fun whilst they find the information they are looking for.

    • Driving Advice

      It is up to each one of us to be responsible drivers and cyclists on the roads and to be careful pedestrians

    • Fire Safety in the Home

      Home Fire Safety Visit - the following details will help you to organise a free home fire safety check

    • Hate Crime

      Hate Crime is against the law. It is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property.

    • Help us to keep our schools safe from damage

      A school is an integral part of community life and a resource for you and your neighbours. When school is out - so are the vandals and thieves! YOU can help us make sure your local school is safe.

    • Neighbourhood Watch

      By linking in with your neighbours, you can help make sure your local community remains a safe place to live.

    • Scotland's drink drive limit

      Scotland's drink drive limit

    • Tackling Dog Fouling - Paws for Thought

      'Paws for Thought' is a new dog fouling initiative, currently under way in West Lothian to encourage responsible dog owners to help keep our streets and parks clean.

  • Community transport
  • Compliments and complaints (council)
    • Complaints

      West Lothian Council is committed to providing high-quality customer services. We value complaints and use the information from them to help us improve our services. If something goes wrong or you are dissatisfied with our services, please tell us.

  • Composting
    • Home Composting

      Home Composting is a simple way to turn your garden and kitchen waste into a useful soil enhancer for your garden, while at the same time reducing the volume of waste into you household bins.

  • Concessionary fares
    • Concessionary Travel

      West Lothian Council offer concessionary travel to older and disabled citizens as well as some school children, 16-18 year olds and full time volunteers up to 25 years.

    • Important information for all National Entitlement Card Holders

      National Entitlement Cards are being replaced. The process of issuing new style cards began on 24 July 2014, so anyone who has received a new or renewal card after that date will already have the new style NEC.

    • Public Transport Timetables and Information

      The council is responsible for co-ordinating public transport services across West Lothian, although individual services are provided by private operators (ScotRail, First Edinburgh, etc).

    • Young Scot Card

      The Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) for young people is a free electronic smart card for everyone aged 11 to 25.

  • Conservation areas
  • Controlled parking zones
    • Parking and car parks

      On-street parking is available in West Lothian either in designated parking places or in areas where parking is not controlled.

  • Council contacts and feedback
    • CPU Contacts

      This page provides information for the main points of contact within each procurement category area of the Corporate Procurement Unit.

  • Council housing
    • About Council Housing

      West Lothian Council has approximately 13,500 properties which consists of a mixture of houses, flats and sheltered housing.

    • Advice and Support

      How to get information and advice about any housing issue or problem.

    • Applying for a Council House

    • Consultation Forum

      This section provides current information on housing developments and consultations.

    • Council Housing

      Council housing in West Lothian consists of a mixture of houses, flats and sheltered housing.

    • Customer Information Service (CIS)

      The Customer Information Service deals face to face with enquiries on all council services.

    • Equality in Housing

      Ensuring that our service operates in a fair and equal way

    • Advice Database

      Use this database to find out who to contact for housing information and advice on your particular housing issue or topic

    • Mutual Exchange

      Mutual exchanges, sometimes called House Swaps or Transfers

    • New Build Council Housing

      This section provides information about West Lothian Council's New Build Housing Programme.

    • Standards and Policies

      Housing, Customer and Building Services have Customer Service Commitments to abide by to ensure they perform well for their customers. It is important you let us know if you think our commitments have been broken.

    • Tenant Information

      We actively keep tenants up to date of any developments that are happening. We also seek the views of those we come in contact with to allow us to improve the service.

  • Council land and property
    • Council Property for Sale or Lease

      Property Management & Development's primary involvement with external customers is through the management of West Lothian Council's commercial property portfolio.

    • Land and Property

      West Lothian Council owns a significant amount of property - land and buildings - located throughout the county.

    • Standard Documents

  • Council offices
    • About your council

      Find out how the council is structured, information on council meetings, how decisions are made and how our services are performing.

    • Civic Centre

      West Lothian's stunning Civic Centre is thought to be the biggest public sector partnership of its kind in the UK.

  • Council performance
  • Council policies and plans
    • About your council

      Find out how the council is structured, information on council meetings, how decisions are made and how our services are performing.

    • Corporate Plan

      The Corporate Plan sets the strategic priorities for West Lothian Council from 2013 to 2017. These priorities are the focus for all council services in the next four years, as we work together to deliver better outcomes for West Lothian.

    • Main Issues Report

      The Main Issues Report (MIR) focuses on the key issues that are changing from the West Lothian Local Plan and sets out general proposals for development in the area

  • Council procedures
    • About your council

      Find out how the council is structured, information on council meetings, how decisions are made and how our services are performing.

  • Council tax
    • Apprentice and Youth Trainee discount

      You may be entitled to a discount if a member of your household is an apprentice or youth trainee.

    • Change of tenant

      If you are a landlord or letting agent you must tell us when your tenant moves in or out of your property. Details of how to advise us that your tenant is moving in or out of your property and what information we need.

    • Charges for water & waste water

      Information on charges for water and waste water that are included in your bill and collected on behalf of Scottish Water

    • Council Tax

      Information on charges and reductions, bandings and how to pay your council tax.

    • Council Tax and Benefits

      Find out everything you need to know about council tax and benefits in West Lothian, as well as important changes to benefit provision across the country.

    • Council Tax bands

      Information on the council tax band of your house, the charge for your house, who gives your house its council tax band and how to appeal the band your house has been given.

    • Council Tax Discounts, Exemptions & Reductions

      There are a number of discounts, exemptions or reductions that you may be entitled to.

    • Disabled Person Council Tax Reduction

      Details of how to apply for and what requirements need to be met to be awarded disabled person Council Tax reduction.

    • Discounts

      In certain circumstances you may be entitled to a discount in the amount of Council Tax you pay.

    • Exemptions

      In certain circumstances you may be entitled to a Council Tax exemption, if the property is unoccupied or occupied by specific people.

    • Has someone moved in with you?

      If someone has moved in with you and you receive a Council Tax discount, exemption or reduction you must tell us. Details of how to tell us about someone moving in with you and what information we need.

    • Have you moved in with someone?

      If you have moved in with someone who receives a Council Tax discount, exemption or reduction you must tell us. Details of how to tell us that you have moved in with someone and what information we need.

    • Long term hospital or care home discount

      You may be able to get a discount if a member of your household is in hospital or in a care home.

    • Moving Home

      Details of how to advise us that you are moving home and what information we need to open, update or close your Council Tax account.

    • Multiple Council Debts

      We aim to take a joined up approach to help customers who owe us more than one debt and are struggling with payments. Customers may owe housing rent and Council Tax, or Council Tax and Housing Benefit overpayment.

    • Our Approach

      Customers who have more than one debt due to the council.

    • Paying Council Tax

      We offer different ways for you to easily pay your Council Tax

    • Problems paying?

      If you are having problems paying who to contact and what happens if you don't pay your Council Tax.

    • Providing/Receiving care discount

      You may be entitled to a discount if you provide or receive care.

    • Electronic Billing

      How to receive your council tax bill electronically.

    • Report a change in circumstances

      The amount of Council Tax you are liable to pay may be affected by certain changes in your circumstances, when you move house, a tenant moves into your property or there is a change in your household.

    • Second home discount

      You may get a discount of up to 50% if you own a second home that is no ones sole or main residence.

    • Severely mentally impaired discount

      You may be entitled to a discount if you live with a severely mentally impaired person.

    • Single Person Discount

      If you are over 18 and the only person living in a property, you can apply for a 25% discount

    • Single Person Discount Review

      Information about your single person discount review and how to complete your review online.

    • Unoccupied and unfurnished discounts

      You maybe entitled to a discount if your property is unoccupied and unfurnished.

    • Who pays Council Tax?

      Who is liable to pay Council Tax

  • Council tax benefit
    • Benefits Calculator

      You maybe entitled to housing benefit or council tax reduction, you can use the online benefit calculator on this page to work out if you are entitled.

    • Can I get Council Tax Reduction?

      Information on how you qualify for Council Tax Reduction

    • Change in Circumstances

      Details of when and how to tell us about a change that will effect the amount of council tax reduction you are entitled too.

    • Council Tax and Benefits

      Find out everything you need to know about council tax and benefits in West Lothian, as well as important changes to benefit provision across the country.

    • Council Tax Reduction Scheme

      Council Tax Reduction Scheme replaced Council Tax Benefit on 1 April 2013

    • Customer Information Service (CIS)

      The Customer Information Service deals face to face with enquiries on all council services.

    • How to apply

      How to apply for Council Tax Reduction

    • Non-dependant Adult

      The non-dependant deductions to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit were frozen in 2001. In June 2010, the Government announced they will increase the level of non-dependant deductions in April 2011, 2012 and 2013. This is to increase them in line with what they would have been had they not been frozen.

    • Second Adult Rebate

      Information on when you maybe entitled to receive Second Adult Rebate instead of Council Tax Reduction.

  • Council tenancies
    • Advice Database

      Use this database to find out who to contact for housing information and advice on your particular housing issue or topic

    • Tenant Information

      We actively keep tenants up to date of any developments that are happening. We also seek the views of those we come in contact with to allow us to improve the service.

  • Councils
    • About your council

      Find out how the council is structured, information on council meetings, how decisions are made and how our services are performing.

  • Country parks
    • Almondell & Calderwood Country Park

      Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is tucked out of sight in the valley of the River Almond between Broxburn and East Calder, Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is probably the best kept secret in West Lothian!

    • Animal Attraction

      At Beecraigs, visitors can experience the Red Deer herd, Highland Cattle fold, Belted Galloways and Hebridean, Shetland and North Ronaldsay Sheep.

    • Barbecue Hire

      The Park offers beautiful woodland and riverside walks, picnic areas with seating and a barbeque facility. Whilst visiting the park why not have a barbeque with your group.

    • Beecraigs Country Park

      Beecraigs Country Park is a great place to visit. It caters for a wide range of leisure and recreational activities within its 370 hectares (913 acres) and can be discovered nestled high in the Bathgate Hills near the historic town of Linlithgow.

    • Caravan, Camping and Little Lodges

      Beecraigs is a great destination for a holiday and welcomes caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and glamping alternative accommodation.

    • Driving Range

      Polkemmet Driving Range is a 15 Bay Floodlit Driving Range, situated midway between Whitburn and Harthill on the B7066, and is set against a scenic backdrop of mature woodland.

    • Facilities Hire

      Beecraigs Country Park can offer many facilities for hire.

    • Facilities Hire

      Almondell & Calderwood Country Park can offer many facilities for hire, barbecue hire, room hire within the Visitors Centre and also an exhibition room for hire.

    • Friends of the Country Park

      Almondell & Calderwood have a team of volunteers who regularly help out with conservation and maintenance tasks in the Park.

    • How to Find Us

      Information to help you locate Almondell & Calderwood Country Park

    • Open Space Strategy

      West Lothian Council's Open Space Strategy provides an overall vision for the provision, development, regeneration and management of open spaces throughout West Lothian.

    • Park Activities

      Visitors to Polkemmet Country Park can enjoy the Adventure Play Area, Walking, Cycling and many more activities.

    • Park Activities

      Almondell & Calderwood Country Park caters for a wide range of leisure and recreational activities.

    • Parks and Gardens - Information and Events

      NETs, Land and Countryside Services are responsible for parks, park improvements, recreation areas, open spaces and sports grounds maintenance. Our teams also inspect and maintain children's play equipment and administer the garden maintenance scheme and the annual gardens competition. Trees in parks and on council property are managed and maintained by our Tree and woodland management team.

    • Polkemmet Country Park

      Polkemmet Country Park is a popular 68 hectare (168 acre) visitor attraction near Whitburn. The Park offers beautiful woodland and riverside walks, play area, picnic areas with seating and a barbecue facility. The Park also runs a golf course, a driving range and a bowling green.

    • Ranger Service

      West Lothian Council's Ranger Service has bases at Almondell & Calderwood Country Park, Beecraigs Country Park and Polkemmet Country Park.

  • Countryside
    • Beecraigs Country Park

      Beecraigs Country Park is a great place to visit. It caters for a wide range of leisure and recreational activities within its 370 hectares (913 acres) and can be discovered nestled high in the Bathgate Hills near the historic town of Linlithgow.

    • Countryside News

      Update on news in our three parks in West Lothian - Beecraigs, Polkemmet and Almondell & Calderwood

  • Countryside conservation
    • Countryside News

      Update on news in our three parks in West Lothian - Beecraigs, Polkemmet and Almondell & Calderwood

  • Cremation
  • Crime
    • Crime Prevention

      Information on Crime Prevention including reporting emergencies and non-emergencies, bicycle security, money and money safety, anti-social behaviour, hate crime and bogus callers and scammers.

    • Crime Prevention Advice - If in doubt, keep them out.

      Most callers are genuine and mean you no harm, but bogus callers may try to trick their way into your home.

    • Hate Crime

      Hate Crime is against the law. It is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property.

    • Made from Crime

      Police in West Lothian praised the support they had from local communities in targeting illegally made cash.

  • Crime and law enforcement
    • Crime Prevention at its best

      Crime Prevention measures and early intervention often stops properties from becoming targets of crime and reduces the number of victims. Minimising crime through the design of modern community spaces and providing crime prevention measures to existing buildings and public spaces often minimises the opportunity for crime to take place.

  • Crime prevention
    • Crime Prevention

      Information on Crime Prevention including reporting emergencies and non-emergencies, bicycle security, money and money safety, anti-social behaviour, hate crime and bogus callers and scammers.

    • Crime Prevention Advice - If in doubt, keep them out.

      Most callers are genuine and mean you no harm, but bogus callers may try to trick their way into your home.

    • Crime Prevention Advice for Home Owners

      Crime Prevention Advice - a few simple steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of your home being broken into

    • Crime Prevention at its best

      Crime Prevention measures and early intervention often stops properties from becoming targets of crime and reduces the number of victims. Minimising crime through the design of modern community spaces and providing crime prevention measures to existing buildings and public spaces often minimises the opportunity for crime to take place.

    • Hate Crime

      Hate Crime is against the law. It is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property.

    • Made from Crime

      Police in West Lothian praised the support they had from local communities in targeting illegally made cash.

  • Curriculum and qualifications (pre-16)
    • Curriculum for Excellence

      West Lothian Council follows the National 3-18 Curriculum, known as Curriculum for Excellence, in all of its schools and pre-school establishments.

    • SQA Attainment

      This pages shows SQA Attainment by a range of equality measures in West Lothian secondary schools

  • Cycling
    • Clubs, groups and training

      Whether you want to help children in your community to become confident cyclists or you want to join a friendly walking group to improve your fitness and wellbeing, West Lothian has a range of clubs, groups and training opportunities on offer.

    • Mapping of walking and cycling routes

      In addition to the National Cycle Network routes crossing West Lothian, the area offers a variety of local walking and cycling routes.

    • Responsible behaviours

      As more and more people walk and cycle for everyday journeys, it is important for everyone to show mutual respect and adopt responsible behaviours.

    • Walking and Cycling

      Walking and cycling (and scooting!) are some of the most affordable, healthy and environmentally-friendly ways of travelling. In addition to walking and cycling for leisure, many people are increasingly building active travel into their daily routine.