Become a Kirknewton Community Councillor – nominations close 14 Sept 17


Website_463x283pixels_CCThe Community Council Elections will take place in October this year. A change in the arrangements, governing Community Councils, means that from the inauguration of the new community councils there will be a maximum of 18 Councillors. If there are 18 or less candidates, all those so nominated will become Councillors without there being an election.

We believe in elections and choice. It means that everyone has a chance to be involved in the choice of people, who are engaged on its behalf on the Community Council. For the last election there were more candidates than council places and an election was held, administered by the Returning Officer for West Lothian.

Many more nominations than last time will be needed to ensure another election, a minimum of 19, but preferably many more.

The duties of a community councillor are not particularly onerous and the topics and tasks covered are mostly very relevant.

We encourage you to put your name as a candidate. Failing this, we seek your support to act as a proposer or assentor to someone else’s candidature?

If you wish to put your name forward as a candidate e mail infokirknewton@gmail.com or if you are happy to simply offer your name as a proposer please let us know.  Like last time, if there is an election, we hope to circulate a brochure of candidates biographies and ideas for Kirknewton for potential voters.

We expect there to be an event on Tuesday 29th August for those interested in being a candidate (it is not necessary to attend, but helpful for you) and on Thursday 31st August have an event for potential proposers.

A nomination form can be downloaded here  Nomination Form

Further details on the Community Council elections can be found online here

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Dr Bike in Kirknewton – Sunday 11 June, 10am – 4pm


Copy of Bike Fix.pngDr Bike is coming to the Green Room on Sun 11 Jun from 10am to 4pm to give bicycles a healthcheck. You can also sell or swap unwanted bikes on the day.

Here’s what you can do…
1) Email infokirknewton@gmail.com for a guaranteed timeslot with Dr Bike from 10am til 3.30pm (12 slots available). First come, first served.  Please note slots are currently available from 11am.  You can also simply turn up on the day.
2) Sell or swap your old bike on the Kirknewton Community Facebook Group from 4th Jun – 11th June. You can also share on our Kirknewton facebook selling site.
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Bring your unwanted bike to the event on Sunday 11 Jun and we will put a price tag on it for potential buyers. Please tell us if you want to sell a bike on the day (we are also keen to see high end bikes for enthusiasts) with your price and we will also promote for you in advance. E mail infokirknewton@gmail.com with photograph and details.
4) You can just turn up to see Dr Bike on the day and refreshments / puncture repair kits / Kirknewton cycle maps / stickers will be available in the Green Room while you wait!
5) We are keen to see people along who just want to talk about cycling or can give simple advice on looking after your bike, where to cycle locally, clubs you can join etc. Come along and join in the fun!

Doctor Bike coming to Kirknewton for Big Bike Revival – June 11th with free puncture repair kits available on June 4th


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Come see Doctor Bike and give your bicycle a health check on Sunday  11th June in the Green Room from 10am til 4pm.  You can also bring your bike along to give away, swap or sell on the day.  We also encourage you to give away, swap or sell your bike on our community facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/kirknewton/ or our sales page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/796101490458139/
In advance we are having an information stall in the Village Hall prior to the Community Clean Up at 10am on Sunday 4th June – you can register your bike for a check up in advance and get a free puncture repair kit (while stocks last) – even if you are not helping with the Clean Up.
The Big Bike Revival, an award-winning programme developed by Cycling UK and funded by Transport Scotland, helps people in Scotland to bring their bikes back into use by providing bike health checks, sharing maintenance knowhow and giving people more confidence in the saddle.
Partnered by 100 community groups and bicycle recycling centres across the country, the Big Bike Revival aims to reach thousands of people to encourage them to get cycling again and to replace short car journeys with the bike. In 2016, around 8,000 people participated across Scotland; this year events will run from 1 May to 11 June to encourage even more people to cycle for everyday trips.
Kirknewton Community Development Trust here has been awarded £900 Big Bike
Revival funding to deliver activities in the local community.
The Scottish Government has a vision to see 10% of every day journeys by cycle by 2020
and the Big Bike Revival will provide support and activities to encourage more people to get cycling to help achieve this vision. In 2016, Big Bike Revival activities in Scotland
encouraged over 4,000 new trips by bike, of which 34% were previously car journeys and2017 activities and events will build on this behaviour change outcome.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Government is once again supporting The Big Bike Revival in Scotland this year. This is an ideal opportunity for people across the country to give those old bikes sitting in the shed a new lease of life by re-discovering the joys of cycling. I would encourage everyone to go along to their nearest event and take part in the various projects that will be running over the next two months. Cycling is a wonderful way to keep fit and healthy and to spend time in our great outdoors.”
In autumn 2016 the Big Bike Revival came to Scotland after two successful years of the
project in England. Over 500 events happened from the 19 September to 31 October in
every local authority area in Scotland, with over 1,400 bikes revived and given a new lease of life.
With hundreds of events planned across the next six weeks and centres spread across
every local authority area in the country, the Big Bike Revival aims to bring thousands more bikes back into use.
Cycling UK’s Head of Development Scotland, Suzanne Forup said:
“The Big Bike Revival in Scotland reached communities across the length and breadth of
Scotland in 2016, from small rural villages to local communities in our biggest cities. This
year we are delighted to partner with group name in area here to help people fall back in
love with cycling again.
“For those of us that cycled as a kid, we all remember our bikes and how wonderful a bike ride was. The Big Bike Revival wants to capture that feeling for people who stopped cycling years or decades ago and reignite their love of cycling. Events and activities will help people fix up their cycles, grow their cycling confidence and learn about accessible local routes so they can get from A to B by bike with a smile on their face. We’re pleased to work across Scotland to help people in local communities enjoy the many benefits of cycling, and support them to swap the car when it comes to everyday trips.”