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Funding for local disability projects

Two local community institutions are set to benefit from funding that will aid disability projects thanks to the West Lothian Access Fund.

Linlithgow Rose Junior Football Club and Broxburn Baptist Church will receive grant assistance from the West Lothian Access fund following a decision at a recent meeting of West Lothian Council Executive.

Linlithgow Rose Junior Football Club will receive a grant of £1,500 to support the installation of a viewing shelter for disabled fans. The contribution from the Access Fund will support the aim of achieving the total required fund of £13, 545 to improve the gradient on existing ramps, installation of additional ramps and handrails at various points and change the lock on the accessible toilet to a RADAR lock. These improvements will allow the facility to continue to be accessible following completion of the redevelopment project and extension.

Broxburn Baptist Church will benefit from a grant application of £1,500 which will go towards the installation of an accessible toilet for the congregation and the community. The contribution from the Access Fund of £1,500 will support the aim of achieving the total required fund of £11,270 to improve the toilet provision. These improvements will allow the facility to provide accessible toilet facilities for those in the congregation and the community who need it.

The West Lothian Access Fund is administered by West Lothian Council and supported by Disability West Lothian. It is available to charitable and voluntary organisations, who wish to improve access to and use of facilities for disabled people at premises in public use. It is not available to private individuals or to businesses. Premises providing charitable and voluntary services to the public within West Lothian are eligible, except those owned and maintained by West Lothian Council.

Leader of West Lothian Council, Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: "We are committed to working with our partners such as West Lothian Disability to improve the quality of life for disabled people in the local area. One way to do this is through the West Lothian Access Fund which allocates vital funds to projects and institutions so that they can improve access and usability for disabled people. Both these projects are hubs of their local communities and are worthy recipients of funding."