- Livingston, West Lothian
infobox UK place
country = Scotland
gaelic_name= Baile Dhùn Lèibhe
scots_name= Livingston ("Livvie")
population= 54,826 (2006)
postcode_district = EH53, EH54
Livingston is the fourth post-war
new townto be built in Scotland, designated in 1962. It is located approximately 15 miles (25 km) west of Edinburghand 30 miles (50 km) east of Glasgow, and is bordered by the towns of Broxburn to the northeast and Bathgateto the northwest.
Livingston is the largest town in the
West Lothianarea. It was built around a collection of small villages, Livingston Village, Bellsquarryand Livingston Station (now Nether Dechmont or Deans ). It contains a number of residential precincts or areas. These include Craigshill, Howden, Dedridge, Ladywell, Knightsridge, Murieston, Adambrae, Deans and Eliburn. Its neighbouring villages include Polbeth, West Calder, East Calder, Mid Calder, Uphall Stationand Pumpherston. Livingston itself is the 7th largest town in Scotland, based on 2004 population estimates [ "GROS Website" [http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/files1/stats/04mid-year-estimates-localities-table4.pdf] ] . The 2001 census showed the town had a population of 50,826 (24,451 male and 26,375 female) and an urban agglomeration population (including Mid Calder and East Calder) of 59,511.
Livingston is also the second largest settlement in the Lothians after Edinburgh. Until 1963 the area surrounding the ancient village of Livingston was open farm land. The name was taken from this village which dates back to 12th Century when a Flemish entrepreneur called De Leving was granted land in the area. He built a fortified tower which is long since gone and the settlement that grew up around it became known as Levingstoun, Layingston [ "NLS Website" [http://geo.nls.uk/roy/] ] and eventually Livingston.
Livingston Development Corporation
Livingston was built as part of the
New Towns Act of 1946(amended 1959), in part to ease overcrowding in Glasgow. Livingston was the fourth new town of five. The others were East Kilbride, Glenrothes, Cumbernauldand Irvine.
In order to build, manage and promote Livingston a
quangoorganisation was formed, the Livingston Development Corporation.
The corporation guided Livingston until the middle of the 1990s when its mandate expired and the town was transferred to West Lothian Council. The last major construction operation carried out by the LDC was the
Almondvale Stadium, which was to become the home to the renamed Livingston FC. A new purpose built campus for West Lothian Collegeand other major developments have also taken place in Livingston over the last 10 years.
Construction in Livingston has continued under the management of West Lothian Council.
The area where Livingston now sits was historically dominated by oil shale mining, which is evident from the bings which still exist on the much of the surrounding landscape. The designation of Livingston in the 1960s attracted new light industries to the area, with high technology and pharmaceutical companies in particular moving into the town. Livingston formed a major hub in Scotland's
Silicon Glen. Like most other areas this went into a slow decline with the closures of companies including Motorolaand NEC. Several multi-national companies however still have factories in the town and BSkyBhas its main call centre in Livingston and is the largest private sector employer in West Lothian. Other large employers include those in the retail sector and the National Health Service.
Town centre and shopping
Shopping in Livingston"Livingston town centresits on the southern edge of the Almond Valley. It is bounded by a ring road and has been purposely planned, distinguishing it from West Lothian's other town centres. Howden Park is located immediately north of the town centre.
Livingston is the sub-regional centre serving
West Lothian. It features one of the largest indoor shopping and leisure complexes in Scotland, the Almondvale Shopping Centreand the Livingston Designer Outlet Centre(formerly McArthurGlenDesigner Outlet Centre).
The Almondvale Centre was built in two main phases and contains around 120 shops, most of which are well known high street retailers. It contains one of the UK's largest superstores, an
ASDA Walmart, which is located at the east end of the mall. The Almondvale Centre also contains a bingo hall, cafes and restaurants.
Expansion of the Almondvale Centre is currently underway. This is on the site of the former Safeway store and adjoining carparks. Once completed Livingston will contain one of Europe's largest indoor shopping complexes [http://www.livingstoni.co.uk/phase3/NewLifeForLivingston_Newsletter.pdf] . The scheme, named , The Elements [ "The Elements website" [http://www.theelementslivingston.co.uk/ ] ] , is to be a mixed use development, anchored by a
Debenhamsand Marks & Spencerdepartment store, new commercial leisure space and will contain an internal winter gardencivic space.
The designer outlet mall contains a
VUEmultiplex cinema, a gym, bars, restaurants and cafes as well as around 100 outlet stores.
Livingston town centre is very car-dependent and has an abundance of car parking. The south western edge of the town centre is dominated by
retail parks. These contain a number of well known retailers and fast food outlets.
Livingston's town centre also contains a large number of offices, including the local authority's headquarters building, West Lothian House. Private sector offices are also concentrated at the eastern and western edges of the centre and along the Almondvale
Boulevard. Other facilities in the centre include hotels, a swimming pool and local authority gym, restaurants, pubs and Club Earth. Almondvale Football Stadium and West Lothian Collegeare located at the north western edge of the town centre.Neighbourhood Shopping Centres are located at stragic points around the town. The first of these to be built was The Mall at Craigshill. This was followed by the Carmondean Centre in Deans and groupings of shops in Ladywell and Murieston.
Livingston has excellent connections to the central Scotland road network. The M8 bounds Livingston in the north. A899 dual carriageway spine road passes north south along Livingston's eastern edge and connects the M8 in the north to the A71 in the South and has the A89 to the west.
Livingston has a central bus terminal located on Almondvale Avenue between the two shopping centres in the town centre. This provides regular services to surrounding towns and villages. First Group [ [http://www.firstedinburgh.co.uk/ FirstGroup - UK Bus South East & Central Scotland ] ] are the main bus operator in Livingston, other operators include
E&M Horsburgh[ [http://www.horsburghcoaches.com/ E&M Horsburgh Coaches, for contract and private hire ] ] , Passenger Travel, Blue Bus, Davidsons Buses[ [http://www.davidson-buses.com/ Davidson Buses ] ] , SD Travel, Prentice Westwood[ [http://prenticewestwoodcoaches.co.uk Prentice Westwood Ltd ] ] and Nordi Travel. Livingston has buses to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Airport, Ocean Terminal, Oban, Lanarkand Falkirk. There are 8 stances at the bus terminal of which 7 are used.
Livingston has two railway stations; Livingston North and Livingston South. Livingston North is located adjacent to the Carmondean Shopping Centre between Eliburn and Deans and sits on the Edinburgh-
Bathgateline. Livingston South is located at the Murieston Shops and sits on the Edinburgh-Shotts- Motherwell- Glasgow CentralLine. Livingston North is part of a new line that will go to Glasgow Queen Streetand Airdrie.
Livingston is 15 km west of
Edinburgh Airportwhich has regular flights to UK and international destinations.
Livingston is in relative close proximity to the port of
Rosythin Fife. This runs three sailings a week to and from Zeebruggein Belgium.
*Bankton Primary School
*Bellsquarry Primary School
*Carmondean Primary School
*Deans Primary School
*Dedridge Primary School
* [http://www.westlothian.org.uk/Harrysmuir-PS Harrysmuir Primary School]
*Knightsridge Primary School
*Letham Primary School
*Livingston Village Primary School
*Meldrum Primary School
*Peel Primary School
*Riverside Primary School
*Toronto Primary School
*St. Andrews RC Primary School
*St John Ogilvie Primary School
St. Ninian's RC Primary School
*Williamston Primary School
Inveralmond Community High School
*James Young High School
St. Margaret's RC Academy
Deans Community High School
West Lothian Collegeof Further Education
The Institute of System Level Integration is situated in the Alba Centre, near the heart of the town. The institute offers postgraduate studies in
Microelectronicsand awards a joint degree from four leading Scottish Universities: University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt Universityand the University of Strathclyde.
Livingston has 3 public libraries:
* Almondbank Library Craigshill
* Lanthorn Library Dedridge
* Carmondean Library Deans
Livingston has its own
Air Training Corpssquadron, 2535 (Livingston) Squadron (located in Craigshill) and Army Cadet Forceunit (based at Dedridge). The town also has Cubs, Scouts, Boys Brigade, Brownies and Guides units. As well as a LGBTa Youth Action Project (WLYAP) and a Youth Theatre.
A skateboard park is also provided adjacent to the town centre. A leisure swimming pool and a Multiplex cinema are located in the town centre.
The Livingston Skatepark opened in 1981, at a time when most commercial skateparks were closing and was one of the most important facilities in Britain during a critical period in the development of skateboarding. It is an example of a free, unsupervised facility which achieved international status.In 2004 it was visited by the stars of the television series Dirty Sanchez, who described it as "The Best Skatepark in the world, apart from the ones in Wales"
There are also two competitive swimming clubs:The
Livingston & District Dolphins,and the Aquanauts of Livingston.Livingston and West Lothian Hockey Club has several men's and women's teams, and provides junior coaching.The West Calder Model Flying club meets regularly and host open days, national competitions and club training events.
Livingston FC are the most notable sports team in the town. They were formed in 1995 on the relocation of Edinburgh-based side Meadowbank Thistle, who had relocated to a new stadium in the town. They were Scottish Division Three champions in their first season, and in 2001 reached the SPL. They finished third in their first season in the top flight, qualifying for the
UEFA Cup. In their ninth season of existence they won the SFL Cup, but were relegated two years later back to Division One.
Uniquely in Scotland, Livingston has been designated an "Ecumenical Parish" in a joint initiative by the
Church of Scotland, Scottish Episcopal Church, Methodist Church in Great Britainand the United Reformed Church. The Ecumenical Parish has six places of worship.
Apart from the Ecumenical Parish, Livingston Old Parish Church is a congregation solely within the Church of Scotland. There are also churches of other denominations, notably the Catholic Church.
*Wills, E (1996) "Livingston: the Making of a Scottish New Town"
*Cowling, D (1997) "An Essay for Today: the Scottish New Towns 1947-1997"
* [http://www.livingstoni.co.uk Livingston in pictures @ Livingstoni 1000+]
* [http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/livingston/livingston/index.html Undiscovered Scotland- Livingston featurepage]
* [http://www.pc-stuff.co.uk/pictures/livingston Stevens Pictures (Livingston Gallery)]
* [http://www.livingstonbadmintonclub.com Livingston Badminton Club]
* [http://www.livingstonalive.co.uk Livingston Alive]
* [http://www.livingston.org.uk Weather foreacast, film times and other info about Livingston]
* [http://www.livims.co.uk/ LiviMS - Livingston's Music Scene]
* [http://www.livingstonfc.co.uk/ Livingston Football Club]
* [http://www.westlothian.com West Lothian Business Portal]
* [http://www.west-lothian.ac.uk/ West Lothian College]
* [http://www.liviskatepark.com Livingston Skate Park Website]
* [http://www.howden-standrews.org.uk St Andrews RC Primary School Website]
* [http://www.modelclub.org/ West Calder Model Flying Club]
* [http://www.clubearth.net/ Club Earth, West Lothians No.1 Nightclub]
* [http://www.livingstonecumenicalparish.org.uk/ Livingston Ecumenical Parish Church]
* [http://www.theelementslivingston.co.uk/ "the Elements"]
* [http://www.jamesyoung.org/ The James Young High School]
* [http://www.deanschs.co.uk/ Deans Community High School]
* [http://www.2535.org.uk Livingston Air Training Corps]
* [http://www.lbcadets.co.uk/dcompany/26_platoon.html Army Cadet Force]
* [http://westlothianhockey.homelinux.org/ West Lothian Ice Hockey]
* [http://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/?a=article&Id=4&articleId=232§ionId=15 Youth Group]
* [http://www.wlyap.org.uk/ Youth Action Project]
* [http://www.wlyt.org/ Youth Theatre]
* [http://www.modelclub.org/ Model Flying Club]
* [http://www.superfast.com/ Rosyth Ferry Link]
* [http://www.sli-institute.ac.uk/index.php Institute of System Level Integration]
*" [http://www.aliciapatterson.org/APF001971/Downie/Downie12/Downie12.html "The Dissappointing New Towns of Great Britain"]
*" [http://www.murraydunloparchitects.com/news/news-06-04-06-newtowns.htm "New Towns: Can They Be Given New Life?"] "
*" [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6654519.stm "Building Towns for the future"] "
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