Lawrence Fitz­patrick – Leader WL Coun­cil

West Lothian Courier - - Christmas 2018 -

It has been an­other good year for West Loth­ian, as the area con­tin­ues to grow and pros­per.

Our ded­i­cated school pupils ex­celled them­selves once more to record the best ever set of exam re­sults once more.

This is the sixth con­sec­u­tive year of exam im­prove­ment and credit must go to all of the young peo­ple for their hard work in this achieve­ment, along­side those who have sup­ported them such as par­ents, car­ers and teach­ers.

We are con­tin­u­ing to sup­port our young peo­ple to achieve their full po­ten­tial by in­vest­ing in our school es­tate, which is one of the best in Scot­land.

The open­ing of the fan­tas­tic new £32 mil­lion West Calder High School gives us the best school in Scot­land as a plat­form for learn­ing. We have opened new part­ner­ships cen­tres in Black­burn and Ar­madale this year, cre­at­ing new hubs for ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties in the heart of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Join­ing other part­ner­ship cen­tres across West Loth­ian, this al­lows the coun­cil to im­prove ser­vices while mak­ing sav­ings.

The coun­cil has faced a decade of fi­nan­cial chal­lenges due to re­duc­tions in our bud­get, and this is likely only to in­crease go­ing for­ward.

We will con­tinue de­liver the best pos­si­ble out­comes for West Loth­ian within ex­ist­ing re­sources through wise use of our re­duc­ing re­sources.

I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to wish you all a good Christ­mas and a peace­ful New Year.

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