Press comment from Fiona Hyslop MSP

“I share the concerns of many of my Constituents about the potential closure of important leisure facilities across West Lothian, which includes two within my own Constituency – Xcite Armadale and  Broxburn Swimming Pool. Although West Lothian has better swimming pool provision than elsewhere in Scotland the lack of buses mean that it is unreasonable to expect people to travel distances to swim – for example it is counter productive to active health and well-being for older people in Broxburn who don’t have cars to be expected to travel to Winchburgh for a swim.

“I understand that West Lothian Leisure are facing a significant budget short fall as a consequence of West Lothian Council’s budget decisions which included a requirement for West Lothian Leisure to become self-funded over the next 5 years.

“Any decision to close facilities requires the approval of West Lothian Council and I would encourage all Constituents to contact their local Councillors to seek their support in ensuring that these important community leisure facilities are not lost.

“I will be seeking reassurance that affected staff are being full supported at this time.”