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Roadside signs to be taken down by council
Wednesday, 06 September 2006


UNAUTHORISED signs which clutter roadside verges are to be removed by West Lothian Council.

The move follows a large number of complaints from the public, mainly relating to signs erected by estate agents and housing developers.

The majority of the complaints have come from Livingston, the council's community safety committee was told.

Councillor Eddie Malcolm said this was because every street in the town was a cul-de-sac. "We could be putting barriers in the way of individuals being able to sell their houses," he warned.

The convener of the committee, Councillor Jim Swan, said: "These signs clutter the area's road verges, obstruct road signs and prove an unwanted addition to the street scene."

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Graeme Morrice, said: "I welcome this move. Some of the 'to let' signs don't even relate to particular properties. It's free advertising."

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 September 2006 )
Blackburn burst 'like an earthquake' says witness
Friday, 01 September 2006

ONE of West Lothian's busiest junctions, at Blackburn Cross, was closed to traffic on Friday afternoon, September 1, after a water main burst and caused extensive damage to the road.

Livingston man Martin Sweeny, who took our dramatic picture, told West Lothian NEWS: "The road has come up as if an earthquake has struck."

Police and fire services are in attendance at the scene.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 September 2006 )
Huge rise in empty shops in West Lothian
Friday, 01 September 2006
BATHGATE tops the list for empty shops in West Lothian.

Since February, the number of empty shops in the town has almost doubled, from 12 to 21.

Its nine charity shops is more than every other town in West Lothian put together.

In Whitburn, the number of empty shops has risen from three in February to a total of seven.

Livingston is the only town in West Lothian where the number of empty shops is decreasing.

In Linlithgow, the number of empty shops increased by one. In Armadale and Broxburn, the number stayed the same.

Free bulky uplifts set to be brought back
Friday, 01 September 2006

WITH an election looming next year, West Lothian Council is set to bring back its free bulky uplift service.

A report to go in front of the council's community safety committee on Tuesday, September 5, will recommend that each housholder be entitled to three free uplifts a year, at times of their own choosing.

At present, one bulky uplift is provided free each year, with the council determining when it takes place.

Figures show that the last two community clean-ups have shown a general decline in usage. And a customer survey indicates significant resistance to paying for the bulky uplift service.

Taking to the streets
Friday, 01 September 2006

VILLAGERS in Fauldhouse will be taking to the streets on Saturday, September 2.

For the village is holding a street fayre, from 11am to 2.30pm.

Action will take place in the main square.

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