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One for and one against
Wednesday, 13 December 2006
THE Scottish Executive has dismissed an appeal against West Lothian Council's refusal of planning permission for  the restoration of former stables outbuilding and concersion to form two houses at Cathlaw House, Torphichen.

However, an appeal against refusal of planning permission for the change of use from public open space to garden ground at 33 Ossian Drive, Murieston, was upheld.

Drink-laden thieves help themselves to load of alcohol
Thursday, 28 September 2006
BETWEEN 1.45 and 2.15am on Tuesday, September 26, three youths were seen loading items from the rear door of Scotmid, Main Street, East Calder, in to a dark coloured Ford car, partial registration mark ‘J334’ or ‘J344’, before driving off in the vehicle.

It was later established that a quantity of alcohol had been stolen from the store.

Any witnesses to this crime, any person with knowledge of the identity of the thieves, or anyone who knows the location and owner of the Ford motor car, is urged to contact either Livingston Police Station (01506-431200) or anonymously contact ‘Crimestoppers’ (0800 555 111).

Can you help home new arrival Kaz?
Monday, 18 September 2006

Can you help home new arrival Kaz?

WEST LOTHIAN NEWS has teamed up with the Dogs Trust at West Calder to help home 'New Arrivals'

Every Monday, we'll feature a dog who has newly arrived at the centre and looking for a good home.

  •  This week - we're looking for a home for Kaz.
Kaz is a 6 year old male German Shepherd cross.  Kaz has recently arrived at Dogs Trust West Calder and is looking for a new home.

Kaz can be shy at first but once he gets to know you he is very friendly.  Kaz is a very active dog who loves his walks – Kaz takes every opportunity to go swimming when out on his walks and loves to chase his frisbee.

Kaz would like a quiet household with older children, and would prefer to be the only dog in the home.  Kaz likes to have company for most of the day as he can become worried when left alone.

Kaz will make a loyal and faithful companion.

If you can provide a home for Kaz, phone Dogs Trust on (01506) 873459.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 September 2006 )
This week's speed camera locations in West Lothian
Monday, 18 September 2006
MOBILE speed cameras will be operational at the following locations in West Lothian for the week beginning Monday, September 18:

A706 Cairnie Place, Whitburn; A705 Whitburn West Main St; A899 Deer Park; A705 East Whitburn; A705 Whitburn; A71 Polbeth.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 September 2006 )
Councillor accused of political gamesmanship
Tuesday, 12 September 2006

"IF you want a future for the trainees, you have to find it somewhere else and we have to help you."

That was the message from Provost Joe Thomas after the Trustees of Polbeth Market Garden took the decision to close the charitable project, which was running at a loss of £20,000 a year.

The Provost blasted SNP Councillor Angela Constance, who called for the Council to continue providing assistance of up to £30,000 until the end of 2007.

Speaking at the meeting of the council's policy and resources committee on Tuesday, September 9, the Provost said: "What you are doing is raising false hopes amongst those who are extremely vulnerable, and if there is political gamesmanship being played, then it is sad."

The project provided market garden training for people with special needs. But the committee was told that it had struggled to attract as many as six trainees a year."

Councillor Graeme Morrice said: "The priority now is to engage with the users and their families and to find alternative provision."

Councillor Constance's motion was defeated by 10 votes to five.

She told West Lothian NEWS: "PMG can not be saved without additional financial assistance and the trainees now face an uncertain future.  The Project has a good track record and has received well deserved accolades.

"With time and support the project has proven it can attract funding from charitable trusts.

"Without additional funding from West Lothian Council the community will lose out on £10,000 from the Robertson Trust and up to £37,000 per annum of European Social Funding.

"This inaction by the Labour administration results in a loss of money and a missed opportunity not only for Polbeth Market Garden but also for the wider community”.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 September 2006 )
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