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DEEP winds up af­ter achieve­ments

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Mar­jorie Kerr

The achieve­ments of a com­mu­nity group have been cel­e­brated at a spe­cial event.

The Dedridge En­vi­ron­ment Ecol­ogy Project (DEEP) is wind­ing up its ac­tiv­i­ties as many of its key mem­bers feel that they have ac­com­plished what they set out to achieve.

To mark the event and the con­tri­bu­tion of the group, a spe­cial plaque made of re­cy­cled wood was un­veiled at the Lan­thorn Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Dur­ing the last 10 years, the group has been in­stru­men­tal in pro­gress­ing and com­plet­ing sev­eral ma­jor en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments to the Dedridge cor­ri­dor be­tween the A71 and its con­flu­ence with the River Al­mond.

Among the group’s work have been Dedridge Burn Plan­ta­tion wood­land im­prove­ment works, the Dedridge Pond restora­tion project, Lan­thorn Pond restora­tion and con­struc­tion of over­flow to re­duce flood risk, Wave Pond (now Ju­bilee Pond) restora­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments, Liv­ingston South Blue Green Net­work, a joint project with groups from Bell­squarry and Murieston and the New Life for the Lan­thorn Park project.

The group also worked in part­ner­ship with groups in Bell­squarry and Murieston on widerang­ing im­prove­ments at Bank­ton Mains, Bell­squarry and Murieston Green­way un­der the Liv­ingston South Blue Green Net­work Project. The group also has been sup­ported by a num­ber of coun­cil ser­vices.

Ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor for the en­vi­ron­ment Tom Conn com­mented: “On be­half of West Loth­ian Coun­cil and the lo­cal com­mu­nity I would like to thank ev­ery­one who has been in­volved with the DEEP’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments over the years. The group has worked tire­lessly to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple liv­ing in Dedridge by push­ing for­ward ma­jor im­prove­ment projects; to ac­com­plish th­ese they also se­cured sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing and mo­ti­vated and in­spired the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“In recog­nis­ing the work of this fan­tas­tic group I would like to high­light two par­tic­u­lar peo­ple Ro­ley Wal­ton and Wilma Shearer who have been the driv­ing force of the group since it was es­tab­lished. Ro­ley and Wilma have been in­spi­ra­tional mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

Proud achieve­ments The group cel­e­brated their decade of work at the Lan­thorn Cen­tre.

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