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  • Land and premises
    • Corporate Asset Management

      Our Corporate Asset Management strategy incorporates property, roads and structures, open spaces, IT and vehicles

    • Land and Property

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

    • Our Service to External Customers

      We sell and lease council property

    • Our Service to Internal Customers

    • Property Asset Management Plan

      Property assets are essential to the services delivered by West Lothian Council. Managing these assets is a structured process that seeks to ensure best value for money from property assets and improved performance in meeting strategic needs.

    • Property Performance

    • Property Search

      This page provides a link to our external advertising website where you can view all of our available properties

    • School Estate Management Plan

      West Lothian Council fully support the school estate strategy Building Our Future: Scotland's School Estate vision for 21st Century schools that provide well designed, well built and well managed schools that support national and local priorities, inspire children, young people and communities.

    • Service Delivery

  • Land pollution
    • Contaminated Land

      Land contamination typically arises from historical activities, which occurred at a time when there was less awareness or regulation to control or clean up substances entering our environment.

  • Land searches
    • Land and Property

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

  • Learning and teaching methods
    • Additional Support for Learning

      West Lothian Council will meet the needs of all children and young people.

    • Creative Learning Network

      The aim of the Creative Learning Network (CLN) is to champion the arts, culture and creativity in schools within the overarching context of the Curriculum for Excellence for the long term benefit of learners.

  • Learning disabilities
    • Children with Additional Learning Needs - Independent Mediation

      Mediation support services are available to families with children who have additional learning needs.

    • Help for Adults

      Find information, advice and resources available for adults in West Lothian including Domestic and Sexual Assault Team (DASAT), Living in Safe Accommodation (LISA), Stop Smoking Service, Physical Disability Service, Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, asylum, immigration and citizenship.

    • Social Work Services

      Find social work services available in West Lothian including Children and Families Social Work, Social Work Emergency Team, Drugs and Alcohol Addiction, Learning Disability Service and Self Directed Support.

  • Leisure and culture
    • 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

    • Park Activities

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

  • Libraries
    • Armadale Library

      Located with the community centre in South Street, the library offers books, free access to public computers and more...

    • 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.

    • Blackridge Library

      The library is located within the Craig Inn Centre

    • Broxburn Library

      Located within Strathbrock Partnership Centre, the library offers the full range of library services, including free access to public computers.

    • Carmondean Connected (Deans)

      Carmondean Connected is located beside the health centre at Carmondean Centre, Deans, Livingston.

    • Computers and WiFi

      Free computer access in all libraries

    • East Calder Library

      East Calder library provides Registration Services in addition to books, and public access computers.

    • eBooks

      Download eBooks to a wide variety of devices for free

    • eInformation

      Quality information at your fingertips, where and when you need it

    • eMagazines

      Download complete digital magazines for free

    • eTalking Books

      Download and listen to the latest titles when and where you like

    • Fauldhouse Library

      The library is part of Fauldhouse Partnership Centre, which is also home to the Customer Information Service (CIS), swimming pool, health centre, Xcite Gym, Pharmacy, Dental Practice and cafe.

    • Homebound service

      Library books delivered to your home by volunteers

    • Lanthorn Library (Dedridge)

      The library is located in the Lanthorn Community Centre, Dedridge, Livingston.

    • Libraries

      West Lothian has 14 community libraries providing a variety of services with something for everyone.

    • Library Information

      Information on how to join the library, search, renew books, book news, PC access and events.

    • Linlithgow Library

      The library is situated just off the High Street and provides books, children's activities and public computers.

    • Pumpherston Library

      The library is located in Pumpherston & Uphall Station Community Primary School in Drumshoreland Road.

    • Search, Reserve and Renew

      Search the library online catalogue, renew your loans and reserve books, CDs and DVDs.

    • Simpson Library (Bathgate)

      The Simpson Library is located in Bathgate Partnership Centre, home to many council services, community centre and cafe.

    • West Calder Library

      Located in newly refurbished Carnegie Library building, the library also offers the Council's Customer Information Service

    • West Lothian College Library

      Anyone who lives, works or studies in West Lothian can use the College library with a West Lothian Council library card.

    • Whitburn Library

      Books, public access pcs and a small museum celebrating the history of Whitburn.

  • Life events
    • Community News

      You can use Community News to tell people in your local community and throughout West Lothian what is happening in your area and publicise your events and initiatives.

  • Life in the community
    • 101 Non-Emergency Number

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

    • Community News

      You can use Community News to tell people in your local community and throughout West Lothian what is happening in your area and publicise your events and initiatives.

    • Community Safety

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

    • 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.

    • Local News, Groups and Events

      Find out what's going on in your local community and the many local clubs and groups available throughout West Lothian.

    • Neighbourhood Watch

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

    • New to West Lothian

      Moving or just moved to West Lothian - we wish you a warm welcome!

  • Listed buildings
  • Litter bins
  • Local development plans
    • Call for sites

      In advance of publication of the Main Issues Report (MIR), the council undertook a 'Call for Sites/Expressions of Interest' exercise in 2011.

    • Development Management Committee

      The Development Management Committee is a formal committee of the council that comprises nine elected members.

    • Development Plan Scheme

      The council is required annually to publish a Development Plan Scheme document that sets out the programme for preparing, reviewing and consulting on the Local Development Plan (LDP).

    • Housing recovery

      It was recognised that West Lothian needed ways forward to encourage economic growth. One of these ways was to help the housing market increase the rate of house building and in doing so add to the infrastructure of West Lothian.

    • Local Development Plan

      The West Lothian Local Development Plan will in time provide the framework against which planning applications are assessed and will be reviewed every five years to ensure an up to date plan is in place to guide future development in the area.

    • Local Review Body

      If you're unhappy with the decision of the Appointed Person to refuse your application, or if you don't agree with some of the the conditions which are attached to your permission, you can request a review of the decision by the council's Local Review Body.

    • 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

    • Monitoring Statement

      The Monitoring Statement provides an overview of the demographics, housing, retail, economic and environmental trends in the plan area and an opportunity for assessing progress on the West Lothian Local Plan and identifying matters which can be considered in the new West Lothian Local Development Plan

    • SESplan housing land guidance

      In approving Strategic Development Plan 1, Scottish Ministers require that SESplan prepare supplementary guidance on housing land to provide detailed information for Local Development Plans (LDP) as to how much of the overall SESplan housing land requirement for the period 2009 - 2024 should be met in each of the six member authority areas, which includes West Lothian. The supplementary guidance on housing land was approved by Scottish Ministers on 30 June 2014 and can be viewed on the SESplan website.

    • Strategic Development Plan

      The Edinburgh and South East Scotland Strategic Development Planning Area (SDPA), which was designated by Scottish Ministers on 25 June 2008 comprises City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian Councils. The key role of the SDPA is to prepare and maintain an up-to-date Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for the area, the first of which SESplan (SDP1), was approved by Scottish Ministers on 27 June 2013.

    • West Lothian Local Plan

      The West Lothian Local Plan is the main policy document that sets out a vision of how West Lothian should develop in a sustainable way, it is used by us for making decisions on development proposals and should be used by you before you make or comment on a planning application.

  • Local history
    • Donate an Item

      Do you want to donate an object or records to Heritage Services? We welcome public donations which allow us to develop our collections.

    • Events

      Find out about heritage events in your local area.

    • Exhibitions

      Find out what's on in your community.

    • Family History

      West Lothian Local History Library is the best starting point for your family history research

    • Local History Library

      Find out the rich heritage of your local area in the West Lothian Local History Library. The Library holds a huge range of books, maps and images about West Lothian's places and people.

    • Volunteer

      Have you thought about volunteering with Heritage Services?

    • West Lothian's Heritage

      West Lothian's past is still very much present all around us. Important historic sites like Cairnpapple and Linlithgow Palace, stately homes like Hopetoun and the Binns, and the many museums and heritage attractions all help to bring the past alive.