West Lothian became the first Council in 2013 to sign up to the CSGN local authority Concordat when the Council Leader and Chief Executive met up with CSGN Chair, Keith Geddes, on 15 January to take receipt of their Concordat. Following the ceremony, Council staff and members of local community groups showed the Chair around part of Livingston’s blue/green network to learn about what has been achieved and is still planned along the Dedridge Burn.

In signing up to the Concordat, West Lothian Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the CSGN and has agreed to embed the CSGN in all relevant policies, strategies and plans - most notably in Single Outcome Agreements, Community Plans and development plans; and to develop and enhance its partnership work to realise the CSGN.

The Concordat also confirms that West Lothian Council will:

• Support the work of the Lothians and Fife Green Network Partnership as part of the Council’s commitment to the CSGN principles of partnership working.

• Ensure the Green Network is integrated, as appropriate, into emerging development plans, development frameworks, master plans and planning briefs.

• Promote connectivity and multifunctional use of all types of green space at a range of scales in both urban and rural areas.

 • Identify opportunities and priority areas for Green Network enhancement to target available resources and facilitate its delivery.

The CSGN Concordat was signed by John McGinty, Leader of West Lothian Council, West Lothian Council’s Chief Executive Graham Hope and Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN Partnership Board.

Welcoming the CSGN Condorat, Leader of West Lothian Council John McGinty commented: “Signing the CSGN Local Authority Concordat highlights the council’s commitment to formally help deliver the CSGN vision and highlights the role that local authorities have to play in helping to achieve the network’s aims. The agreement marks a significant step forward in bringing together the right expertise, resources and people, to realise an ambitious project which will help to make Central Scotland a more attractive and distinctive place to live, visit and do business.”

West Lothian Council’s Chief Executive, Graham Hope added: “The signing of the Concordat also continues the long standing relationship the council has enjoyed with the Central Scotland Forest Trust as they both seek to deliver the Central Scotland Forest initiative and now a wider green network that benefits West Lothian residents, communities and businesses.”

Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN Partnership Board said: “In order to achieve the CSGN aims of delivering a high quality green network that will meet the Scottish Government’s environmental, social and economic objectives, we need to share resources, best practice and new thinking.

“Our Local Authority Concordat represents a collective understanding that working in partnership will ensure policies and resources are aligned and will in turn achieve the optimum results for all parties involved. I hugely welcome the fact that West Lothian Council has come on board and we look forward to building on our relationship to create a lasting legacy for the future.”

Press release in full: West Lothian Council Concordat Agreement (32.81 kB)