Recycling Centres to re-open on Monday 1st June

West Lothian Council

All five  Recycling Centres in West Lothian – Oakbank (Livingston), Whitburn, Linlithgow, Broxburn and Blackburn – will re-open on Monday.

All five centres will be open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm.

They have been closed due to restrictions on non-essential travel which have been in place across the country throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents should make you sure to read the following points before visiting a Recycling Centre.

  •   Customers are being advised to expect changes at the centres to ensure they comply with social distancing guidelines and operate safely for both staff and customers.Queuing is likely at times and customers can expect to have to wait to gain access.
  • If customers do not have an urgent need to dispose of items, we’d advise you to hold off visiting the sites initially to avoid long queues. Only cars will be allowed access to Recycling Centres, with no trailers or vans are allowed at this stage. This is in line with national guidance and is aimed at reducing congestion.
  • There will also be changes to the site layouts and drop off process. A limited number of parking bays will be available at each Recycling Centre and staff will be on hand to direct customers when they enter. Customers will be asked to remain in their vehicle until they are directed to a parking bay and will not be able to leave their bay as the rest of the site is closed. Each bay provides access to a bagged waste skip and a bulky waste skip. Customers must ensure that they maintain a 2 metre distance from others.
  • Staff will not be able to help unload vehicles so if you require assistance to dispose of waste in skips, you should bring someone from your own household with you to help.
  • Licencing requirements prevent us from accepting electrical items (such as fridges, cookers and tumble driers), gas bottles, tyres, asbestos  or liquids (such as paint and oil) at this time.

Residents are thanked for their patience throughout this time.

Support for business tenants impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

West Lothian Council – Council Executive Meeting Tuesday 26th March

Eligible business tenants of West Lothian Council will be able to request to defer rent payments in order to aid business recovery and mitigate against the negative financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The deferment of rent payments was agreed at a meeting of West Lothian Council Executive that was held yesterday.

Deferment will be considered on a case by case basis and will be subject to meeting certain criteria.

All Businesses who lease commercial property from the council will be written to with details of the scheme and will have the opportunity to apply for rent deferral. Council officers during the pandemic have been in regular communication with business tenants in its role as landlord, and has provided access and directed enquiries for support for its tenants.

Linlithgow Grange Rotary – Tree of Light

These are strange, troubled times. But one positive from this Coronavirus Crisis is that we really appreciate our social interaction − taken for granted until now.

Loneliness is a dreadful experience which, in the weeks ahead, many will experience acutely. Various Linlithgow organisations work tirelessly to help combat this feeling of isolation. For this reason, Linlithgow Grange Rotary supports such organisations with its Tree of Light initiative at Christmastime. Six organisations were selected for the 2019   campaign: Linlithgow and Community Day Care Centre, providing short-term secure environment and entertainment for frail elderly people whilst at the same time giving relief for the family or carer; Linlithgow Link whose activities include the monthly Caring Café for people with dementia; Link also provides transport to and from hospital or health-related appointments when public transport proves difficult; Carers of West Lothian, a charitable organisation that has developed a support service for carers, many of whom are carrying out their role in some isolation; and The Cyrenians who give one-to-one support and encouragement through befriending and telephone.

There can be no more traumatising sense of loneliness than losing someone dearly loved. Sands, The Stillbirth and Neo-Natal Death Society now appropriately renamed Held in our Hearts, works both to help reduce infant mortality and to ensure that anyone affected by a baby’s death receives optimum care and support for as long as required.

No magic formula will take away the pain of bereavement but, by listening and sharing with others, we often lessen the sense of isolation, chaos and despair felt after the death of a loved one. Positive Pathways Bereavement Support — a group of bereaved people who meet informally with a support team, sharing thoughts and feelings in looking forward.

Rotary Club members have been delighted to raise money on behalf of these organisations which function through the valuable contribution of volunteers, while largely dependent on public funding.

Linlithgow’s Rotary Tree of Light is now in its fourth year. We use a dedicated tree, illuminated at Christmas, as a focus for people to commemorate lost members of family and close friends or to celebrate a significant event in their lives.  Tree of Light donations generously made direct or online in the 2019 campaign have now been disbursed to the charities and will be put to good use at this time or as soon as the things gets back to some equilibrium as their needs dictate.   Originally, we used the tree outside the old Library in the Vennel, but for 2019 the town’s Christmas tree at The Cross played the role. Now placed in the very heart of the community, with new lighting partly sponsored by generous grants from Alan Steel Asset Management, RGM Solicitors, Stewart Electrical, Cala Homes and individual donations, our tree proudly displayed the community spirit of the town.

We must commend our three councillors for their encouragement and support in permitting the Tree to be allocated for this purpose. As a result of its higher profile, the 2019 Tree of Light received 50% more dedications, doubling the previous year’s income. Rotarians were in attendance each December weekend until Christmas answering questions and providing dedication forms. We were humbled by the warm praise for our initiative from passers-by.

One tableau to remain in the writer’s memory is driving past the Cross one December evening and seeing three couples intently reading the dedication cards below the tree. For a brief moment, the names of the many loved ones were spoken, albeit silently, once more. As the old African proverb states, “As long as you speak my name, I shall live forever”. The Tree of Light provides comfort and solace to many and the Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange is proud to be of service in this way.

 

 

Last Chance to Invest in Linlith-Go-Solar!

If you’ve been out walking for your daily exercise in Linlithgow, you may have seen the solar panels peeking through on the roofs of Linlithgow Golf Club, Linlithgow Sports Club and Linlithgow Rugby Club.

Despite the impact of the coronavirus, Linlith-Go-Solar (a project from Linlithgow Community Development Trust) and AES Solar Ltd managed to complete installation all the solar panels before the end of March, the UK Government’s Feed-in-Tariff incentive deadline. This means there have been 3 systems installed on 4 different roofs just in time.

However, it isn’t just the clubs that will benefit from renewables, local people can also get involved by investing in the Linlith-Go-Solar project in our community bond offer. The bond will be paid back with interest and you will be helping the local community do our bit for the environment and local sustainable enterprise.

Linlithgow Community Development Trust has successfully secured grants for most of the costs of the project, and thanks to the generosity of people who have invested to date, we’ve now reached over £22k of the required £25K match funding for the project.

With less than £3K to go, we really need people to keep investing. Due to the coronavirus lockdown and the bank holiday, the bond will remain open to applications till the end of April.

Ronnie Anderson shares why he invested in Linlith-Go-Solar. “I bought bonds for each of my grandsons. The process was easy and they each now have a certificate in their name. I was very impressed by the professionalism of SCF who manage the bonds.”

Visit https://scotcomfinance.scot/community-bonds-linlith-go-solarphs2 to find out more and to purchase a community bond from just £50.

Follow the Linlith-Go-Solar Facebook page to stay up to date with all the news!

“Deliver & Collect” West Lothian

West Lothian Council

Working Guide for “Deliver and Collect”

West Lothian Council has launched a new guide to ensure local residents have access to food, medicine and other support.
To help local residents, the council compiled a useful list to signpost them to organisations that offer delivery or collections in West Lothian. This includes a wide range of organisations including community groups, local shops and national retailers.
There are separate searchable section for both local shops offering home delivery and community information and West Lothian-wide information, which was be broken down by type of service and local areas. To view the list, please visit deliverandcollectLocal residents are then able to contact the organisation direct to arrange for delivery or collection, either online or by phone.
The list has been compiled with details from organisations and businesses that the council have been in contact with, and information that is already in the public domain. Every effort has been made to ensure the list is as a comprehensive as possible, as resources allow.Any business who wish to have their details added to, or amended on the list, can do so via the link at Add-your-business-or-group-to-our-listings

 

Recycling Centres – Update

 

 

West Lothian Council

 

Recycling Centres update

Following recent media coverage, West Lothian Council has confirmed that Recycling Centres in West Lothian remain closed.

They remain closed due to restrictions on non-essential travel and social distancing measures, which have been in place across the country throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council will be in a position to re-open Recycling Centres when the Scottish Government guidance changes, with some restrictions in place to maintain the health and safety of customers and staff.

In the meantime, residents should continue to follow the national guidance and stay at home.

Further information regarding the opening of recycling centres will be made available in the near future.

 

 

Grass Cutting – Partial Resumption

West Lothian Council

Grass cutting to resume in priority areas only
Essential grass cutting tasks are being reinstated on a prioritised basis by West Lothian Council following the COVID-19 outbreak.

The work is being undertaken to protect key open space assets, with a number of other councils in Scotland carrying out similar work.

Ground Maintenance was not considered as a key service during the initial lockdown process and many staff members were either redeployed to other essential service areas or are self-isolating.  However the council has inspected a number of its open spaces and believes it is important that some grass cutting and other essential maintenance tasks are reinstated on a phased basis as soon as possible.

The main reason to reinstate grass cutting in some areas is to ensure minimal maintenance is carried out to prevent irretrievable asset deterioration.

Maintenance will resume on council owned golf courses and bowling greens, school grounds, football pitches and large parks, roadside verges and other large grass areas across West Lothian.

All cutting will be carried out in line with guidance on social distancing to protect staff and members of the public.
The council has stressed that this is not a complete return to normal standards.

The council will put measures in place to ensure that the service is delivered in line with guidance on social distancing for staff and members of the public.

Weed management operations remain suspended, but will reviewed on a weekly basis, with a limited service an option where essential.

Staff recruited for the Garden Maintenance Scheme, which was due to start on 6 April, have been re-deployed in Waste Services and the scheme remains suspended.

PPE for Unpaid Carers

 

Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Unpaid Carers and Personal Assistants (PAs) in West Lothian

West Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership is working with Carers of West Lothian to make PPE available to Unpaid carers or  Personal Assistants providing personal care.If  the person being cared for is in the shielded category, or if the carer normally uses PPE in their caring role but are struggling to obtain it then PPE is available to protect them or the person they are looking after.  Individuals can check whether they are eligible and  place an order, by contacting Carers of West Lothian on 01506 448000.

Guidance on a range of issues including PPE for unpaid carers and PAs is available on the Scottish Government website at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-unpaid-carers-providing-personal-care/pages/carers-not-living-in-the-same-household/  

 

Scottish Government Phase 2 Business Support Fund Now Open

 

Business Support Fund Phase 2 now open

Phase 2 of the Coronavirus Business Support Fund Scheme from Scottish Government is now open for applications.

The Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by Local Authorities. It consists of the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

Eligible business ratepayers can apply for these grant funds until 31 March 2021. The grants are aimed at helping to keep small and medium-sized companies in business and keep productive capacity so that they can recover.

Ratepayers must have been in occupation of the non-domestic property as at 17 March 2020.

Further details on the scheme and application forms can be found online at https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/business-support-fund

 

Far From the Madding Crowd Back in Business

We’re back in business!

We are thrilled to announce that from Tuesday 5th May we are reopening for contactless home deliveries and postage to anywhere in the UK.
We have literally thousands of books in stock, covering most genres and suitable for all ages. We also have an extensive range of stationery, cards, educational games and toys. You can check out our stock in real time on our website here.
For books we don’t currently have in stock, we’re taking orders on an individual basis as many of our suppliers are either closed or running a slow service, we will do our best to source books for you however!
There will be someone in the shop between 10-2, so if you would like to speak to a human for recommendations, advice or information, please ring 01506 845509 during that time. Otherwise, we’re accepting orders by email: sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com or via our social media channels on facebook and twitter.
We hope everyone is keeping safe and well and we look forward to happier times soon!

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