Martyn Day MP has called on West Lothian small shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the role they play in their communities. Shopkeepers have until Friday, September 11th to nominate their businesses via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. The competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will...
Police in West Lothian are appealing for information following a serious road crash in Whitburn. The incident happened around 1.20pm on Friday, 17 July, 2020 on the B7066 Polkemmet Road, Whitburn, involving a black Subaru Impreza and an Audi Q2. As a result of the collision, a 59-year-old man was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital with serious injuries. Two men,...
Face coverings are now compulsory in shops but this has not stopped shoppers returning to newly-opened malls, including The Centre Livingston and nearby Livingston Designer Outlet. After reports in the English press that shoppers in England had been hostile to wearing masks, we wanted to see for ourselves how compliant Scottish shoppers were with the Scottish Government's Phase 3 rules. And...
West Lothian Council is looking to procure a mix of private let properties which are available to let The Private Sector Landlord Service sees the council working with landlords and agents to use private let accommodation as a means of accommodating those on the council housing waiting list until a permanent home can be sourced. West Lothian Council can currently offer...
Broxburn and Uphall Traders’ Association (BUTA) have announced that with the support of the Broxburn and Uphall Town Centre Management Group they are jointly funding a new scheme to help support the local COVID-19 response. The scheme will not just be open to their own members, but also to other small independent retailers in Broxburn and Uphall who had to...
An Armadale man is taking on an accumulator challenge that will see him run 496 miles throughout 31 days this month. Paul Brown will be completing an exhausting accumulator running challenge to raise funds for the charities Held In Our Hearts and Neil’s Hugs Foundation. Each day he will run the mileage that corresponds with the date, i.e. a mile...
The site of the former Bangour Hospital made national news when a surge of visitors to the site forced local authorities to put on extra police, security measures and road closures in an effort to deter unwanted explorers from further damaging the site. But what was compelling visitors to come to the site in their hundreds, turning Bangour into...
This Pride Month we look at the case of Gavin Bell from Blackridge. Scotland was not unique in executing gay men in medieval times, but the number of recorded cases is astonishingly low. Baron Hume in fact claimed there was just two cases before 1889. He was wrong - records show another case, the case of the unfortunate Gavin...
A Broxburn Academy pupil has become the first from her school to make the Scottish National Debating Team and will compete in a worldwide competition this July. Emma Bell, who is currently moving into fourth year at the West Lothian school, was one of only five pupils to make the team alongside Lachlan White from George Watson's College, Eoghan Connolly...
The coronavirus lockdown has seen an increased volume of walkers, cyclists and other users  along the towpath of the Union Canal. With the increased footfall, questions have arisen as to who exactly can use the towpaths and who has right of way. Questions on social media have included whether horse riding is permitted and whether the towpath allow vehicular access. On motorbikes...