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It has been brought to the attention of the Community Council that a planning application is being proposed to construct houses at Burnhouse Farm. Rest assured that we shall investigate this application and liaise with West Lothian Council and all parties concerned. We will keep you informed via the website and Twitter. Please direct any comments or enquiries to our email address: dechmontcommunitycouncil@hotmail.com 
 

POLICE SCOTLAND – MESSAGE TO COMMUNITIES

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie:

 

Following the terrorist attack in Liverpool, on Sunday 14th November 2021 and the ongoing media coverage, it should be noted that at this time there is no known link to Scotland.

 

At this time there remains no specific threat to Scotland or Scottish communities; however I would ask our communities to take cognisance of the UK threat level which has been increased to Severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, and to remain vigilant.

 

During these winter months I would ask for your increased vigilance and awareness to report any security concerns or suspicious activity you notice in our communities.  

 

Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe and whilst we understand that the public will clearly be appalled by this event, I would urge each and every member of the community to continue to work together in ensuring that no person or group in Scotland feels marginalised or isolated.  

 

Police Scotland will not tolerate any attempts to target communities by any individual or group and will work with all of our communities to resolve any issues and address any concerns. In this regard, we would urge people to go about their business as usual, however, should anyone become a victim, or witness any hate crime, they should contact the police and report the incident. 

 

Please be assured Police Scotland continues to work with partners at home and abroad countering the threat from terrorism to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our communities. Thank you for your continued support in keeping our communities safe.

 

If you have any concerns or information about suspicious activity please report via any of the following methods: 

  • Police Scotland on 101, 

  • Anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 

  • The Action Counters Terrorism website at gov.uk/act

  • 999 in an emergency; or 

  • Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Cyrenians OPAL Newsletter

If you are interested in the work done by the Cyrenians visit their website at  https://cyrenians.scot/how-wehelp__

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WESTSPACE is the one stop shop online mental health and wellbeing resource for adults in West Lothian. It is clear, concise and locally lead.

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                WESTSPACE site : https://westspace.org.uk/

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CHANGES TO FIRE SAFETY LAW -  SEE HOW THE CHANGES WILL EFFECT YOU.................

Whether you're a homeowner or a tenant - see what changes are being made & how to comply.

By February 2022, every Scottish home needs Interlinked Fire Alarms

Here is the link to the Scottish Government website where you will find further information and a list of frequently ask questions Scottish Government FAQ’s;

https://www.gov.scot/publications/fire-and-smoke-alarms-in-scottish-homes/

 

SFRS Website and information on the smoke detection standard, associated safety in the home and how to access a HFSV from SFRS;

https://www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/for-householders.aspx

 

Owner occupiers should request a HFSV (See Website for ways to achieve this) from SFRS and where applicable i.e. found to be at high risk from fire, detection can be fitted.

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Heriot-Watt University researchers will visit various West Lothian Library locations to share their work through talks and interactive activities.

An event series generated by the ‘Lothian Lugs’ project, which is part of the Carnegie UK Trust, Engaging Libraries programme and is a collaboration between West Lothian Libraries and Heriot-Watt University.

All in person sessions can be booked via

library.info@westlothian.gov.uk.

Bookings can also be made in person at library venues

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  •  Citizen's Advice Bureau West Lothian- March 2021

The ‘Money Talks’ team is a Scottish Government sponsored scheme specifically introduced to help families and older people at or approaching retirement age or any other low income household. 

 

The team can offer a free, complete and confidential financial health check to make sure the family has all the support needed and where there is some worry about debt to get access to specialist help. 

 

The check can also identify if the family is paying too much for services like gas and electricity.  

 

We can access other specialist services about money, work, benefits or indeed any other issue that the family might need a bit of advice about.

 

We don’t want families to put their head in the sand and hope the worries go away. We want them to get in touch so we can help. 

 

West Lothian residents can get in touch by: 

Calling our advice line – 01506 432977 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) and ask for a call back from Money Talks. 

Texting us on 07712 305764

Emailing us at enquiries@cabwestlothian.casonline.org.uk and ask for Money Talks

Visiting our website www.cabwestlothian.org.uk where there are links to self-help advice and how to access the national Money Talks service.

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PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT:


The Dial-A-Bus services (which take people with mobility challenges to local shopping centres / supermarkets) are sadly suspended at this time. 

 

The Dial-A-Ride service (which takes people with mobility challenges to any destination of their choice) is running a limited service during the current Covid 19 situation. They are still taking passengers with mobility challenges to essential medical appointments. They will, wherever possible, provide other supported travel within government guidelines. For example if an elderly person or someone with a disability needs to attend a funeral we will try to support these requests.

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WEST LOTHIAN FOOD TRAIN  

If anyone aged 65 or older (50-65) is struggling to get out to the supermarket or is finding it difficult to get an online slot, then West Lothian Food Train can help. Please contact them on

01506 413013or email westlothian@thefoodtrain.co.uk for assistance.