To be a Kirknewton Community Councillor – all you have to do is live here!


Dear all

We are trying to convince as many people to stand as a Kirknewton Community Councillor as we can – not only to have an election but a healthy mix of local opinion. You only need to live in Kirknewton to stand.

Four years ago we had an election with 25% of you voting (a local election with party machines behind it is usually around 40%) which strengthened the Kirknewton voice in West Lothian. A Community Councillor attends 11 meetings a year, 2nd Tuesday of every month (except July) in the Green Room for approx. 2 hours. Any additional work comes from actions you can take forward.

There will be a workshop event on Tuesday 29th August at 7pm (to 9pm the latest) in the Green Room, 12 Main Street, Kirknewton. You will get a chance to meet other people standing, help fill in nomination forms for the Council, give guidance on what is required for election material (a simple biography and a few ideas, nothing too difficult) and a couple of scenarios of what to expect.

In advance of the event, if you have not already done so, you can download a nomination form from the link below.

So we can get an idea of those attending can you RSVP to this email by Tuesday 22nd August or before.

If the Community Council is not for you perhaps you can pass this message on to others you feel should stand. A mix of ages, gender and those involved in other community groups most welcome.

We can also have 4 Youth Members from 14-18 years old and are keen for people in that age range to stand too. More information can be found here

Nomination close Thur 14th Sept – with an election if enough people stand on 26th October.

Look forward to seeing you.

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East Calder Medical Practice – what’s going on…


We are reducing the timescale for booking ahead to see a doctor.  Nurse appointments will remain unchanged.


We are consistently losing around 30 appointments per week because patients book then fail to keep the appointment.  An audit of these lost appointments reveals that more than ¾ of them have been booked more than 2 weeks in advance.  By reducing the number of wasted slots we expect to be able to offer more routine appointments.

If a doctor asks you to return in 3-4 weeks you should contact us 2 weeks before you want to be seen.

Any patient who feels they have an urgent problem that cannot wait until the next routine appointment will be assessed by one of our highly trained and qualified Nurse Practitioners.



Edinburgh Airport applies to CAA for flight path changes on the back of two flawed and error riddled consultations.

Edinburgh Airport Limited (EAL) has published rather vague information about its application to the CAA for changes to flight paths.

While the detail remains unclear, these proposals will amount to radical change in the skies above the Lothians, Falkirk and Fife – just like a new motorway network appearing above our heads.


This application comes on the back of two consultations by EAL, both of which contained multiple errors. In their recent report into their second consultation, the airport admitted some of these errors and said they were “embarrassed” by them. Some errors were impossible to understand, including a complete and inexplicable failure to count heads properly. It is simply breathtaking incompetence on an epic scale, without any support from the people who will bear the brunt of the impact.  The Consultation Institute has been unable to award it’s good practice designation without qualification to the Airport.

We have serious questions about this process:

1. What is the problem that the airport is trying to solve?
There is no proper justification for the changes proposed
Every time Communities challenge the airport with evidence, they change their justification for change. First they said it was for modernisation, then growth, now it is apparently about problems they have with their peak time scheduling. We continue to dispute that they airport has set out a clear, and justifiable case for change.

2. Consistently flawed consultation processes 

EAL has admitted to serious errors they made in both consultations. Both the initial and second consultations were decried as unfair and incompetent. Any conclusions drawn from either cannot be relied on.
The airport’s own consultants refused to sign off on the second consultation due to the multiple errors the airport made, including an extraordinary failure to count overflown populations correctly.

3. EAL now says it will use some flight paths only at morning peak times of 6am to 10am, meaning an unwanted and daily early morning wake up call for anyone unfortunate to find themselves living beneath.
We ask how can this operating restriction be policed? Experience shows that the airport’s word simply cannot be trusted.
Per the World Health Organisaion definition, “Night” is from 2300 – 0700. EAL wishes to disturb residents’ sleep from 6am every day.

In any case, there is serious disagreement with communities that the airport’s self made issue with early morning peak time delays in departures can be resolved by changes to flight paths.

Instead, it is clear to us that EAL must look at more efficient ground handling and better scheduling of its departures – which are issues to be managed on the ground and are NOT related to flight paths.

A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport Watch said:
We call on the airport to halt this flawed process now. The CAA must scrutinise this application very carefully, and understand that there is no Community support for these changes.

With 52% of responders being “negative”, we do not accept that there is any evidence that these changes have any “broad support” among communities as the airport claims.

Noise complaints to Edinburgh Airport are at record levels, the daily misery being caused to people in their homes, schools and businesses by the airport and its Air Traffic Controllers, NATS, cannot be allowed to continue.

We call on our government to intervene and ask serious questions about whose interests are being served by such radical proposals for change to flight paths that will have life altering consequences for the health and well being of hundreds of thousands of people across East Central Scotland.

With most of the flights from Edinburgh airport being short hops mainly to London, why isn’t this traffic going by train, a far less polluting and divisive form of transport?

Scotland’s need for a coherent transport policy that takes full account of the health and environmental impacts of the aviation industry has never been more urgent. We call on our Government to act in the interests of the people who elect them, and not those of the anonymous offshore global conglomerates who have gobbled up our airports, and now want to rob ordinary people of our quality of life.


The Consultation material was based on several false claims:

1. Population data was wrong throughout the consultation material, rendering incredible the airport’s claim that 25,000 fewer people would be overflown. We cannot find any correlation between the population data the airport published, and the 2011 Census which they claimed was the data source.

2. Moving to RNAV technology does not of itself require new flight paths as the airport claimed – existing flight paths can be converted to use modern navigation technology such as RNAV.

3. The baseline of the current pattern of flight paths shown in the consultation actually reflected the multiple and bitterly disputed changes the airport has already made in the use of airspace since 2015 and not the established pattern of airspace use as the airport claimed.

4. The airport’s claims that it needs new flight paths to grow do not stand up to scrutiny – there are fewer take-offs and landings at the airport now than at their peak 10 years ago. Passenger numbers have grown, but only because the planes are bigger and flying more full.

5. At the initial stage consultation in 2016 many residents were told unequivocally they would not be affected, yet in 2017 at Stage 2, then found preferred routes right over them, eg Winchburgh, North and South Queensferry, Kirknewton. Residents in these areas feel that they have been unfairly disadvantaged as a result.

6. Overall, 52% of responders to the second consultation gave an emphatic thumbs down to flight path change, yet the airport is pressing ahead anyway. Why?

7. Overall, less than 1% of the population responded to the second consultation, yet the airport claims “change was broadly accepted”. Where is the evidence to support such an assertion?

8. The whole precept of change is based on two factors a) a need for capacity and b) a reduction in environmental impact. It has been repeatedly demonstrated by Communities that the capacity issue is nonsense and that current aircraft movements remain below the 2007 peak. Any foreseeable economic growth could be managed by simple scheduling changes particularly around peak times.

9. The environmental case is completely flawed; the population statistics are plain and simply wrong and the claims of reduced impacts have neither a baseline nor any methodology. For an industry that prides itself on world-leading safety standards this is a truly shocking and embarrassing shambles

10. The airport made multiple errors in the response mechanisms, their freepost address was wrong on their website so that responses were returned, incorrect questions were asked in the survey forms, they wrongly rejected many responses. The manner the survey data has been presented is highly misleading, with data presented in graphs using different scaling, making proper comparisons difficult. The practice of including any responses marked “not applicable” is simply wrong, and further renders the conclusions made unreliable.


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Find us on Facebook at Edinburgh Airport Watch and on twitter @EAW_group

Edinburgh Airport Watch is a Community group set up in response to the 2015 TUTUR flight trial debacle and other changes in the pattern of use of the airspace around Edinburgh Airport campaigning for positive benefits for Communities in relation to the operations of Edinburgh Airport. We are non-political and give our time for free.

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 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

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 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.
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 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 or our sales page at
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.”

Kirknewton ‘Design Your Stone’ Winners

Kirknewton is hoping to have a Charles Jencks inspired artwork at the gateway to the village, using volcanic basalt stones donated by the Dalmahoy Estate near Kaimes.

The artwork, depicting order and chaos, will be a reminder of Ancient man, defence against battle axe wielding attackers, keeping the Romans at bay and the Iron Age fortress at Kaimes!

As part of the project, and to celebrate the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we asked the Primary School children to use their imagination and design their own stone. We received over 150 designs, all were fantastic and the children made it difficult for the judges to pick their winners.  The winners were announced by CEO Tony Foster at the Kirknewton Primary School assembly on Friday 19th May. You can see the winning designs and why we chose them below.

We also asked the Youth Club to decorate their own stone as part of a project at their overnight stay in Hillycow Wigwams.  Again, you can see their work below.

These projects are brought to you from Kirknewton Community Development Trust, from support from the Big Lottery Scotland.  Our funding continues until July 2018.


We love the colours and use of stones in Lucas design.


Again, a good use of colour with unusual aspects well represented in Amy’s design.


Payton did a great picture of a fortress – one of the best!


We love dinosaurs, and Ruairidhs was on of the best with fabulous colour.


Katie gave us a brilliant use of colour and glorious sunshine over the sea.


James gave us a good use of the theme order and chaos, using the volcanic hill in an imaginative way.


This design from Heather stood out with a celtic style motif.


Rebecca’s design captured kind words and community spirit of Kirknewton.

There was lots of things happening in Erin’s design and we liked the ‘Kirknewton Rocks’ catchphrase.  Great for the project!

Cameron gave us some of the best cartoon art on his stone design.


Nathan gave us the most colourful stone, making us hope the dream will become a reality.


Andrew’s design stood out due to unique design and use of one colour.


We really felt like Abby captured the volcano exploding in this picture.


Although the Development Trust support renewable energy and don’t agree with Williams ‘no wind mills’ message we felt having your say and being passionate about an issue was a good design idea.


The Youth Club also got the opportunity to paint and design stones at their overnight stay at Hillycow Wigwams.  Below captures the work they did.  Thanks to everyone who helped and contributed to this arts project.  Well done!