Fiona Hyslop Highlights Importance of West Lothian Town Centres in Economy Debate

Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, has highlighted the various unique towns in her Constituency, highlighting the uniqueness of our local towns and communities and the importance of ensuring they can thrive.

The debate was brought to Parliament by the Economy and Fair Work Committee, which Fiona is a member of, following their major Inquiry into Town Centres and Retail in Scotland.

Fiona said,

“We have unique and very distinct towns in West Lothian in my Constituency all of whom need their own Town Action Plan led by their local communities and I was pleased to highlight them in the Economy and Fair Work Committee’s debate on Wednesday (28th Feb) to highlight the importance of local towns across Scotland and those in my own Constituency.

“My Constituency has 6 towns and the uniqueness of each area and its community contributes immensely to the fabric of society and our local economy. Bathgate is home to Scotland’s first ever Business Improvement District and its successful Connecting Bathgate initiative has supported businesses in the town. Linlithgow is also innovative with the Community Development Trust and Business Improvement District combining in One Linlithgow. I also spoke about the need to support Councils in being able to take over derelict gap sites which we have in Whitburn and Linlithgow in particular.

“Our town centres are not simply high streets for retail, they connect people, communities and business and the Economy and Fair Work Committee’s Inquiry demonstrated the extent to which local people depend on that connection to survive and thrive themselves.

“With the creation of 20-minute neighbourhoods and ensuring our local communities are accessible for all we can help ensure our town centres are fit for the future, allowing them to flourish into the future.”


Link to the Official Report from this session below: