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Please come along and volunteer an hour or two with the Community Council on Monday 19 August 7:00pm and help us take the first step towards the installation of Dechmont's very own community sculpture installation.
Meet the other volunteers at the top of the village (A89 junction) where we'll be digging out the old, overgrown planter originally installed by Oatridge College. We'll be temporarily relocating some of the plants along to the park until they are ready to be put back in to the planter.
If you can spare a bit of time, please come along. Bring your own space or fork if you have one, but we'll have a few spares available.
The community sculpture will be sited at the junction of the A89 however the design isn't finalise yet.
October 2019: Community sculpture consultation
Please give us your feedback on the sculptures telling the story of Dechmont village, to be sited at:
Junction at A89/Main Street
Junction at Main Street/Burnhouse Road (to Linlithgow)
It’s not been decided which sculpture will go at which end of the village
The sculptures will be made by hand at Ratho Byres Forge using galvinised steel and tell the story of Dechmont, including Bangour hospital, the church, the farm at Bangour and the railway in to Dechmont and Bangour.
The Community Council welcomes your feedback and ideas. This is your opportunity to influence the final design, e.g., by requesting details you think are missing.
Larger scale images of the proposed designs can be viewed the Post Office/Dechmont village shop window.
CONSULTATION ENDS: 11 October 2019
Email us or leave your comments in the shop
August 2019: The Big Dig - community sculpture preparations
July 2019: Bangour development plan - infrastructure planning application
Allanwater Bangour Ltd has submitted its first plans to West Lothian Council for the redevelopment of Bangour.
While the masterplan will include the development of up to 1000 new homes, this application deals only with infrastructure and enabling works including the formation of a new roundabout at the entrance from the A89, access works, cycleway, footpaths, engineering works, car parking and landscaping.
You can view and comment on the application (which includes all supporting documents,
including artists impressions) at West Lothian Council's planning portal.
June 2019: Public art installation - Community consultation
The Community Council has secured funding from West Lothian Council's Village Improvement Fund for a piece of public art/sculpture in Dechmont.
Ratho Byres Forge, a local family run business has been commissioned to design and install the sculpture.
We need your ideas to help inspire the Forge artists to tell the story of our village. Everything will be passed on the Forge as part of the background material they need to start working on our unique design.
You don't have to come up with a design - the Forge artists will do this for us. What they need are stories, local history, news, images or ideas that you'd like to see reflected in this piece. What about memories of Bangour? The school? The park? Should the railway line that used to go through the village be incorporated in to our story? Or in more recent news, maybe the memorial garden and planters should be featured?
Please email us with any stories, ideas or reflections on life in the village. Photos, images and ideas are all welcome.
We need your comments by Friday 14 June 2019.
May 2019: Community Defibrillator
Purchased by the Community Council, a defibrillator has been fitted to the wall of Memorial Hall on Main Street.
Learn to save a life and familiarise yourself with this new piece of kit at a community session on Wed 29 May 2019, 6:30pm - no booking necessary, just turn up.
Thinking of installing a defibrillator in your own community? Read our handy guide on getting started - from selecting your location, installation, registration with emergency services, familiarisation, insurance and upkeep.
November 2018: Dechmont remembers the Armistice
Dechmont villagers came together on the evening of 11 November to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front and pay tribute to the fallen from the village in both World Wars.
Gathering at the Memorial Garden in Goodall Place, and with the Piper's Lament playing, wreaths of poppies were laid before the piper led the group to the Community Hall for a short service of remembrance.
Photo credit: Julia Barnes