Participation Requests

Participation Requests are one part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 is a new piece of legislation that gives communities additional rights, through having more say in how public services are planned and provided; owning or leasing land, assets and estates; and becoming involved in improving the outcomes of services.

Participation requests are part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.  They are already a number of ways local people in West Lothian can get involved in decisions that affect their lives.  Participation requests represent a new way that community groups can make a difference to their community and to have more say about services in West Lothian.

Before you start

A Icon for pdf Participation Request Toolkit [323.64KB]has been developed by West Lothian Council to give more detailed information on what a participation request is, who can make a request and the process in general.  We would strongly encourage community bodies to consider this Icon for pdf Toolkit [323.64KB]and to discuss proposals with council officers before making a formal request. This will allow community groups to make sure that they are an eligible 'Community Participation Body', ensure they are applying to the right public body, find out if a joint application may be better, find out if joining existing processes may be more suitable and discuss any support and capacity needs. Please see the Toolkit for more information.

How to make a Participation Request

If you would like to submit a Participation Request, please complete theIcon for word Application Form [29.78KB] and submit electronically to:  community.planning@westlothian.gov.uk or by post to Community Planning Team, Community Planning & Regeneration, 1st Floor North, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6FF.

The council's Community Planning and Regeneration team will be the 'gatekeepers' for requests to West Lothian Council. The team can be contacted at E: community.planning@westlothian.gov.uk, T: 01506 81086, to discuss any potential request.

Groups can make a request to a number of public organisations.  The Community Planning and Regeneration Team can direct you to the appropriate contact if you are looking to submit or discuss a request with another local public body.

West Lothian Council Participation Requests

West Lothian Council have produced Participation Annual Reports for  Icon for pdf 2017-18 [197.47KB] , Icon for pdf 2018-19 [278.2KB] and the most recent report for Icon for pdf 2019-20 [436.11KB].

Participation Requests Received

Submitted by: Bathgate Community Council (BCC)

Participation Request: Increased awareness within the Bathgate community of the council's roads policies and where the community can influence and improve existing policies through local involvement.

Decision Notice: Icon for pdf Bathgate Community Council Participation Request Decision Notice [304.11KB]

Submitted by: Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council

Participation Request: Request for a community council representative to become a member of the Local Area Committee.

Decision Notice: Icon for pdf Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Participation Request Decision Notice [293.97KB]

Submitted by: Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council

Participation Request: Request for representation on the Vennel project team and to contribute to the project briefing process to ensure the views of the community are taken into account.

Decision Notice: Icon for pdf Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council Participation Request Decision Notice [310.95KB]

Information & Support

For more information on participation requests and the Community Empowerment Act, please see our Icon for pdf Frequently Asked Questions [315.66KB]

Summary Guidance from the Scottish Centre for Community Development is available. 

Guidance can also be found on the Scottish Governments website.