04 October

The centre will become the Jim Walker Partnership Centre after a unanimous vote by West Lothian Council.

Jim Walker was a well-known and much-respected figure in his home town of Bathgate and across wider West Lothian, prior to his sudden passing earlier this year. 

He served as a councillor on West Lothian Council and its predecessor authorities for over 40 years, and was involved in a number of other important aspects of Bathgate life, including the procession committee, Newlands Concert Brass Band and Bathgate Thistle Football Club. 

The council also voted to create a protocol to ensure a consistent approach to recognise the contribution made by its citizens to public life, where council property or public spaces are involved in the future.