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Livingston goes for City status

Published: October 29, 2021

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Livingston is bidding for city status as part of the 2022 Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Livingston community is being asked to support the bid and help Livingston achieve this prestigious accolade.

If Livingston were to successfully achieve city status it would become Scotland’s eighth city alongside Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Stirling and Perth.

Livingston is larger than many of Scotland’s current cities (Perth, Stirling, Inverness) and the largest town in the Lothians with the exception of Edinburgh.

The council is leading on the bid which has received support from key partners such as Shin-Etsu, Mitsubishi, The Centre and Almond Valley Heritage Trust – some of Livingston’s most iconic industry leaders.

The bid has also received support from Hannah Bardell MP, Angela Constance MSP and a host of other groups located in the greater Livingston area.

Leader of West Lothian Council, Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: “Livingston means a huge amount to all of us and we all want what is best for the area. We wholeheartedly believe that Livingston deserves to be a city.

“This would be a prestigious accolade and would provide Livingston with a wonderful boost that will enable us to entice inward investment and attract more people to the area. For those of us that stay in Livingston, achieving city status would validate something that we know already; that Livingston is one of the best areas in the country to call home. Fantastic open spaces, access to fantastic transport routes, significant employment opportunities, great visitor and retail attractions, a thriving arts and leisure scene and wonderful community groups.

“I am proud of what Livingston represents and I really hope this bid is successful.”

Local people and groups are being encouraged to support the bid by sending messages of support.

If you would like to show your support of the city bid application you can contact us at livingstoncity@westlothian.gov.uk to share:-

  • fond memories and/or pictures which captures what Livingston means to you
  • what you believe demonstrates Livingston’s own distinct identify
  • examples of the collective welcoming community groups based in Livingston

Find out more at:

https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/livingstoncity

A number of community engagement exercises will also be undertaken over the coming weeks providing local people with the opportunity to support the city status bid for Livingston.

Benefits of city status

City status would help to raise Livingston’s profile across Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world.

This would help to attract inward investment, increase visitors to the area and help to generate significant economic benefits, resulting in more jobs and opportunities for growth. There are also significant potential economic benefits of being part of the Scottish Cities Alliance which brings the current seven cities together to promote the country’s economic potential.

Hannah Bardell MP, Member of Parliament for the Livingston Constituency added: “I grew up in one of the original parts of the new town of Livingston, Craigshill. I am so proud of all that Livingston has strived to be and become. I am deeply proud to represent the great people of Livingston whose sense of community spirit is vast. We have some of the most innovative and courageous companies in the world, a richly diverse network of community organisations, a fantastic football team and an emerging cultural and arts community. As Livingston continues to grow in size and appeal, it is time that is recognised with city status.”

Angela Constance MSP added: “This is a unique opportunity to achieve city status for Livingston. Becoming a city would be an incredibly proud achievement for everyone associated with Livingston, both past and present. Livingston is understandably seen by many people as a relatively new area in comparison to other areas, but Livingston has a rich history and continues to grow attracting new homes and residents. The economic power that Livingston continues to have is significant and you only need to look at the long list of businesses that are located in the town to appreciate the draw that Livingston is for some of the world’s most successful companies.“I hope that everyone across West Lothian can get behind this bid for Livingston and offer their support.”

Akihiko Tamura, Managing Director, Shin-Etsu Handotai Europe Limited said:

“Since selecting Livingston as our European manufacturing base  in the 1980s  we have always considered ourselves privileged to be located in, and be part of the local community, and fully support the City Status bid for Livingston.

“We have a long and successful association with Livingston and have benefited from its excellent location, infrastructure, and the diverse skilled local workforce.

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