08 March
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The investment is part of the council's recently approved Capital Programme for 2021/22 to 2027/28 with a total of £14,458 million allocated to Open Space initiatives over the period. 

£2,975,000 of the total is to be invested in the coming financial year 2021/22.

Highlights include the completion of a new 3G surface football pitch in East Calder in addition to work relating to two synthetic turf pitch projects at both St Margaret's Academy and Inveralmond High School in Livingston.

A sum of £272,000 will help cover the cost of works planned improvements at public parks including: Eliburn Park Play Area, Livingston; Bellsquarry Park, Livingston; Craigton Park, Winchburgh; Letham Park, Pumpherston; Justinhaugh Drive Green, Linlithgow; Preston Road, Linlithgow and Westburngrange, West Calder

£2,668,000 will be invested during 2022/23 with one notable project already identified in the refurbishment of a Multi-Use Games Area at Mosswood, Livingston. East Calder Park is also in line to benefit from significant improvements during this period. 

£8,815,000 of investment has also been approved to be spread over the years 2023/24 to 2027/28.

Executive councillor for the Environment Tom Conn said: "West Lothian Council remains as committed as ever to enhancing the wonderful outdoor experiences we have locally. The newly approved capital programme commits to the ongoing provision, development, regeneration and management of open spaces throughout West Lothian.

"From our country parks to children's play areas, we have all arguably grown to appreciate the outdoors more than ever before over the past year. This programme will give council services the tools to continue their excellent work in delivering well maintained outdoor open spaces for the people of West Lothian to enjoy."