31 January
Drone picture of Bathgate Market from above.

An agreement has been reached with community interest company Unicorn Markets over the former railway station car park site located behind Argos in Bathgate Retail Park.

Unicorn Markets successfully reintroduced a weekly market and car boot sale from 9am to 2pm every Saturday from 10 June 2023, as well as a number of special market events during the year, such as Halloween and Christmas.

The lease, which runs until 31 January 2025, is subject to planning permission being obtained for a change of use for the site, with Unicorn Markets already submitting the required application.

Executive councillor for the economy, community empowerment and wealth building Kirsteen Sullivan said: "I am delighted that we have been able to agree a site lease for Bathgate Market and Car Boot sale, subject to planning approval.

"Huge congratulations to Unicorn Markets' Lucy Lawson for all her hard work to re-establish a successful weekly market in the town, which is a fantastic addition to Bathgate's already strong retail offer.

"I hope this lease will help ensure the market can continue to grow and prosper in the future." 

Lucy Lawson from Unicorn Markets added: "Securing the one-year lease for Bathgate Market is a momentous achievement that could not have been possible without the unwavering support of the people of West Lothian. 

"Each person who visited the market, whether to browse, shop, or simply enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, has played a vital role in making this dream a reality. The community truly voted with their feet, embracing the market and transforming it into a thriving hub of activity. 

"I also extend my heartfelt gratitude to all our dedicated traders who have been the backbone of the market, offering a diverse range of goods and services. Together, we have created something very special here, and I look forward to seeing Bathgate Market flourish even further with each passing week."