Former West Lothian care home and nursery deemed 'surplus to requirements'

Council officers are recommending that the former Kirkhill Nursery School, Broxburn and the former Craigmair Care Home, Craigshill, Livingston are declared surplus to requirements.

Kirkhill nursery is no longer required, with modern, new nursery facilities having recently been constructed at Kirkhill Primary School.

Due to its location and age, officers are recommending that the former Kirkhill nursery be demolished as there is no opportunity for commercial use or development.

Craigmair recently become vacant, with the services previously provided from the building now delivered from other locations locally.

A council spokesperson said: "The council report confirms that discussions have taken place with the NHS to explore opportunities for the NHS to lease the building and to utilise it for NHS purposes. These discussions will continue.

"Rather than keep unused buildings, West Lothian Council uses the proceeds from the sale or lease of unused properties to help to fund future investment in infrastructure projects, such as schools, parks, roads and care services for vulnerable people.

"The sale or lease of unused assets is therefore an important funding stream that allows us to continue to invest in other services. Without that funding, less money would be available to improve local services in future."

A decision will be made at Council Executive later this week.

The decision has been met with an outcry from some locals.

One said: "One moment we are told we have an ageing population which we need to make provision for. The next moment, we are closing down care homes and facilities.

"There's no logic or sense in this.

"Hospitals are screaming g out for bed space, but can't release the beds due to elderly patients needing 24hr care."

Another added: "Absolutely disgraceful this council should hang its head in shame they probably have a buyer for the land in the pipeline but they will tell you otherwise."

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