Statement from Kirknewton Community Development Trust

On behalf of KCDT I am disappointed that the firmly expressed views our community seem to count for nothing in relationship to significant planning matters that are within our community boundary. It is only hoped that the Scottish Government will take greater cognisance of our work in helping to express the wishes of this community.

We approached West Lothian planners as a community seeking to have access to wind-energy some six years ago, and were advised to set up a liaison with the Fauldhouse community. This we did, yet despite two years of dialogue and much help given to Fauldhouse we remain without any outlet for the investment that this community seeks to establish in becoming a more sustainable entity.

We want a local authority to work with, not one that we constantly have to fight over issues where a community seeks to better itself.

It saddens me that all the work Powerdown and Tony Foster have done in forging closer bonds within our village cannot find a suitable long-term funding from renewable energy and must exist hand-to-mouth without any certainty of continuity of funds. Big lottery has faith in us, our villagers have faith in us but it would appear the WLC do not.

The question we must ask ourselves is “Who’s community is it, and who governs us with any insight into the wishes and aspirations of its populace? ”

Stewart McKenna for Kirknewton Community Development Trust