Livingston hopes to have fun the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee subsequent yr as a metropolis – sixty years after it started to develop as Scotland’s latest new city.
West Lothian Council’s Govt have backed a bid for metropolis standing by means of the Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours Competitors.
In a report back to the Govt Alice Mitchell, Financial Growth & Regeneration Supervisor, mentioned: “With Livingston’s 60-year anniversary of gaining a brand new city standing approaching subsequent yr, this competitors is a superbly becoming manner of demonstrating and emphasising Livingston’s distinctive and distinct identification.”
Over the past 60 years, Livingston has been reworked from three villages and solely 60 households to a big, culturally vibrant city, mentioned Mrs Mitchell.
Though one of many UK’s youngest cities, Livingston is happy with its heritage and the neighborhood has come collectively to have fun the city’s essential anniversaries, from its tenth birthday in 1972 to extra just lately, in 2012 when the city celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.
In 1977, The Queen visited, becoming a member of the local people in celebrating her Silver Jubilee yr.
Metropolis standing would additionally positively enhance Livingston economically, encouraging potential inward funding from corporations eager to broaden their enterprise. This financial enhance would create potential employment alternatives for inhabitants of Livingston and additional afield.
The city is already the nationwide residence to world companies similar to drug producer Valneva, the Japanese engineering big Mitsubishi and broadcaster Sky, amongst others.
Mrs Mitchell’s report added: “Livingston is the most important city in West Lothian with a inhabitants of over 57,000 in 2016. That is set to extend considerably over the following 20 years.
“The goal inhabitants for a brand new city was 100,000 and Livingston is on the right track to succeed in this. When in comparison with different present locations in Scotland with metropolis standing similar to Stirling, Inverness, and Perth, there isn’t any purpose as to why Livingston, which is bigger than these named cities, shouldn’t be subsequent in gaining metropolis standing.”
Get all the newest information and headlines from Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians despatched straight to your inbox twice a day by signing as much as our free e-newsletter.
From breaking information to the newest on the coronavirus disaster in Scotland, we’ll have you ever coated.
The morning e-newsletter arrives on daily basis earlier than 9am and the night e-newsletter, manually curated by the group, is shipped at 6.30pm, providing you with a spherical up of an important tales of the day.
To enroll, merely enter your e mail deal with into this hyperlink right here and choose Every day Information.
She added: “From being a village, to a brand new city and centre of regional growth, the following logical step for Livingston can be to realize metropolis standing. The unique imaginative and prescient for Livingston was all the time the creation of a Backyard Metropolis; metropolis standing would lastly fulfil this imaginative and prescient.”
Councillors agreed to arrange a working group to tackle the preparation of the applying and started a programme of public session.
The applying needs to be lodged by the tip of the yr and the plans will go to the December assembly of the Govt.
Council chief Lawrence Fitzpatrick welcomed the plan saying “There might be vital neighborhood engagement on this.”