Since August, an exercise to find an alternative use for the sites has been undertaken and recommendations are being set out for Council Executive to consider on Tuesday. The report - which can be read on the council's website - sets out:
Almondvale Parkway, Livingston (formerly Xcite Livingston)
Multiple commercial offers were received but there were no offers from community groups and no offers received of any kind that would see the property operate as a swimming pool going forward. No community asset transfer applications were received.
The highest offer received at the closing date was for £850,000 and it was submitted by West Coast Estates Limited (WCEL). WCEL operate within the property development and investment sector and have a proven track record of commercial property development, working in Scotland since 1991. WCEL propose to clear the site and develop it to provide a new petrol filling station (to include an ancillary grocery convenience store), jet wash and electric vehicle charging facilities, plus a drive-thru restaurant. This would be subject to a planning application and approval.
Council officers are recommending that Council Executive approves the sale of the property to West Coast Estates Limited.
East Main Street, Broxburn (formerly Xcite Broxburn)
The former swimming pool at East Main Street, Broxburn was openly marketed for sale for a period of eight weeks between mid-August and early October 2023. No offers of any kind were received at the closing date, either from commercial developers or from community groups. In order to be seen to have fully exhaust the market, a second closing date was set. Again, no offers of any kind were received at that second closing date, either from commercial developers or from community groups. No community asset transfer applications have been received for this property.
Therefore, Council Executive is being recommended to agree that the former swimming pool at East Main Street, Broxburn should be demolished with the cleared site being remarketed for sale as a potential town centre development opportunity.
North Street, Armadale (formerly Xcite Armadale)
The former swimming pool in North Street, Armadale is a common good property and approval was previously given for officers to proceed with mandatory work relating to the proposed disposal of common good property.
Detailed work in this area is ongoing and Council Executive are being asked to agree it is desired that the former Armadale pool should be disposed of and that officers will provide a further report on this matter to a future meeting of the Council Executive at the earliest appropriate opportunity.
When the council sells unused properties, proceeds from the sale help to fund future investment in infrastructure projects such as schools, parks, roads and care services for vulnerable people. The sale of unused assets is therefore an important funding stream that allows us to continue to invest in other services. Without that funding, less money would be available to maintain and improve local services in future.