Friday, July 29, 2005

More Shops Til we Drop

Work has begun on the new 55,000sq foot retail park at Linlithgow Bridge. Earlier this year this project caused major concern to local residents as many felt it would detract from the unique shopping environment on the historic High Street of the Burgh. However, objections were overcome as the retail outlets that were proposed, Homebase, a garden centre, Argos Extra and Acorn Pets Centres, were not the type that could fit easily into the settings of Linlithgow's existing shopping centre.

However, residents in Belsyde Court, near the Falkirk Road development, claim they have suffered vibrations in their homes and sand being blasted onto their cars as a result of the foundation laying works. Macdonald Estates who are building the scheme are hoping respond to residents' fears at a public meeting in the Chalmers Hall on 5 August.

We shall see what communication there is between the locals and the developers next week.

Meanwhile across the other side of the county a planned £90 million expansion to the shopping centre in Livingston has been announced. This will make the Boulevard more of a British shopping High Street rather than an American retail strip. New retailers to take over the existing Safeway's site when Morrisons move to their new purpose built store. There will be new leisure facilities bowling alley, arena and cafes. Also there are plans for some flats on the Boulevard frontage.

Already the local party have been discussing what needs to be part of these plans, we'll see what the details plans show later this year.

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