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PremierLeague-News.Com - Councillors on West Lothian’s Asset Transfer Committee agreed to back the transfer of the empty building and support a two-year fundraising project by St John's Church
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Linlithgow’s mothballed Low Port Centre looks set to be taken over by the town’s St John’s Church as a new centre for clerical and social activities. Councillors on West Lothian’s Asset Transfer Committee agreed to back the transfer of the empty building and support a two-year fundraising project by the church to carry out £1.5 million worth of improvement works needed for the building. The committee also agreed a grant of £76,000 to fund a team to drive the project forward and raise funds to run and invest in the building following the agreed transfer for the sum of £1. The church will now have to take a final decision on whether to go ahead with the project The Low Port, an outdoor activities centre built in the 1970s had latterly been run by West Lothian Leisure Trust. It gave notice to quit early last year as part of its own restructuring plan. The building was mothballed in June last year and marketing options considered. Read More Related Articles West Lothian dad's brush with death hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams St John’s Church has been a presence in Linlithgow since the early 1900s and they own a church building in the town’s Union Road. The church has outgrown that building and regularly uses Linlithgow Academy for Sunday morning services.
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In a lengthy proposal document put to the council, it outlined the practical and social benefits of taking over Low Port as a community asset. Aside from church worship, St John’s would use the Low Port for associated activities and groups including toddler groups, a community cafe, youth groups and a monthly meeting club for seniors. Other groups that will be accommodated in the Low Port include the New Well charitable group, the ladies choir, sporting groups and uniformed youth groups as well as art classes. Additionally the church would work with organisations to work to alleviate poverty in the town including 1st Step and strengthening links with the West Lothian foodbank, The food network and the CAP debt centre. A report to the Asset Transfer Committee concluded: “The asset transfer request submitted by St John’s is considered to represent the best available option for the use of this property. There are considered to be no reasonable grounds for refusing that request.” Linlithgow councillor, Sally Pattle, told a meeting of the council’s Executive: “Can I just say how delighted I am about the decision on the Low Port Centre? It’s something we have all been rooting for in Linlithgow.” Don't miss the latest news from the West Lothian Courier. Sign up to our free newsletter here
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