Central Scotland Green Network Trust and West Lothian Council are working together to enhance East Calder Park. Extensive community consultations were held in 2015 to identify a unified vision for the park. The results of the consultations can be found on the council’s webpage: www.westlothian.gov.uk/parkinfo. From this, it can be seen that the community’s overall vision is to give some definition to the park (entrances and signage), improve variety (different activities, variety of natural habitats and visual interest) and improve connections both through the park and with the surrounding area.
A Consultant has been appointed to draw up a draft masterplan which considers the above initial feedback, the existing Park and future proposal for a 3G pitch, as well as proposals for the adjacent land such as the primary school extension, Core Development Area and potential Health Centre Extension. (Please note that all of these future developments are shown for illustrative purposes only and are not confirmed/finalised. This includes the proposed 3G pitch).
The draft masterplan proposes more defined entrances to welcome you into the Park. A strategic access network is shown running through the Park connecting with various activities and greenspace areas (existing and proposed) to produce a cohesive community space. Zoned areas for wildlife, play, activities and relaxation are proposed to encourage different users into the Park. Different path and access surfaces are proposed to mark these different areas e.g. sealed paths for improved access and busier areas or grass paths through the natural areas. More trees, wildflowers and bulbs have been suggested for improved biodiversity, colour and visual amenity. A new multi-user bike track is also proposed. Plans showing the masterplan objectives, more detailed proposals and an aerial view of the proposed Park enhancements sitting within the existing village are found below:
We would be grateful if you could please provide feedback on these draft proposals. A survey form can be found here.
Please complete the survey by 9am on Monday 18 December 2017. This will allow CSGNT and WLC to collate and consider the comments in order to prioritise preferred work for costing and detailed designs. Your comments are, therefore, important in shaping and developing the future of East Calder Park.