• Our next meeting
  • Broxburn Community Council AGM will be held on Monday 27th November at Strathbrock Community Centre 189A West Main Street, Broxburn EH52 5LH at 7pm, all welcome to attend


 We meet the last Monday of the month at 7pm

except for July and December 

Broxburn Old Town Community Hall,

26 East Main Street, Broxburn, EH52 5AE



Broxburn Community Council comprises of people who care about their community and want to make it a better place to live. A voluntary organisation set up by statute by West Lothian Council and run by local residents to act on behalf of our local area. Community Councils play an important role in local democracy bridging the gap between West Lothian Council and our local community. We complement the role of the Council, but we are not part of local government.

As well as representing the community to the local authority, Community Councils facilitate a wide range of activities which promote the well-being of their communities. They bring local people together to help make things happen, and many Community Councils protect and promote the identity of their community. They advise, petition, influence and advocate numerous causes and cases of concern on behalf of local communities.

Here are some examples of their work from across the county:

  • Carry out projects to enhance their community, for all types of citizens – elderly, single mothers, minority groups, youths etc.
  • Issue community newsletters
  • Conduct local surveys.
  • Campaign on local issues
  • Organise community events.

We have a positive working relationship with West Lothian Council who are keen to share their decision-making powers with local people and who value the role the community council plays in this process. Regular consultation takes place on a wide range of issues including planning applications, local plans, decentralisation, and community planning.

Broxburn Community Council exists to represent all people in the area without prejudice and therefore:

  • Is non-party political and non-sectarian.
  • Is aiming to represents a full cross-section of the community and encourage the involvement of people regardless of gender, race, age, disability, nationality or sexual orientation.

Community Councils are the strongest means of becoming involved with your local area. It will give you a good understand of the workings of local government and what is going on locally and nationally. All local authorities in Scotland encourage citizens to become a member of their Community Council.

Community Councils act as a voice for their local area. 

  • Health services and health centre provision
  • Transport, particularly bus services for this rural area
  • Employment and local business, including retail.
  • Housing and social housing
  • Environmental issues and sustainability
  • Social and care provision
  • Recreation, sport, and community-centred work
  • Youth facilities and groups
  • Events, such as the Gala and Christmas lights switch-on
  • Community policing and crime reduction
  • Development and planning, with a statutory right to comment on planning applications.



  •  Transport Scotland, is planning to carry out overnight resurfacing works on the M8 Harthill Services EB Offslip
  • The works have been provisionally programmed to commence on Friday 15th Decemeber 2023 for a duration of one night between the hours of 20:30 and 06:00.
  • During this period of closure, a signed diversion route will be in place with traffic leaving the M8 eastbound at Junction 5 and continue onto B7057, B7066, Balgornie Road and rejoin the M8 eastbound at Junction 4A onslip. A location plan showing this diversion route is attached. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times and all traffic management will be removed out with working hours.

  • BEAR Scotland, acting on behalf of Transport Scotland, is planning to carry out overnight resurfacing works on the M9 River Almond Bridge NB To ensure the safety of the workforce and members of the travelling public it is necessary to close M9 northbound between Junction 1 and Junction 1A during the works.


    During this period of closure, a signed diversion route will be in place with traffic leaving the M9 northbound at Junction 1 and continue onto Glasgow Road (A8), Maybury Road, Queensferry Road to A90, continue to M90 Jct 1A and rejoin the M90 southbound to M9 Junction 1A northbound onslip. A location plan showing this diversion route is attached. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times and all traffic management will be removed out with working hours. 


BROXBURN is a town in West lothian, Scotland, originally a village know as Esater Strathbrock in the medival period ,with Strath coming either from the Gaelic srath or the Pictish/Welsh/Brythonic ystrad  meaning a river valley. The name Broxburn comes from the "broc" beng an old name for a badger whether from the Gaelic broc or pictishBroch and the bur being the Scots word for a larrge stream or small river.  By the 1600 the village has become know as Broxburn. Rapidly developing during the Victoria eras as a result of industrilisation related to shale oil extraction. The village that later became Broxburn probably originated around 1350 when Margery le Cheyne inherited the eastern half of the Barony of Strathbrock (Easter Strathbrock) on the death of her father, Sir Reginald le Cheyne III. The hamlet that grew up around her residence was then called Eastertoun (eastern town) after the land on which it stood. The lands of Strathbrock were earlier owned by Freskin the Fleming, granted to him under a charter from King David I.

Easter Strathbrock was burned to the ground sometime in 1443-4 during a conflict between William, Earl of Douglas, Lieutenant-General of Scotland, and William, Lord Crichton, Chancellor of Scotland. It was destroyed again in 1455 during fighting between the Douglases and King James II. After the conflict, peace was regained and the town was gradually resettled. In 1590, Kirkhill House was built for John Laing, a local landowner.[ The village was renamed Broxburn in 1600 by Sir Richard Cockburn of ClerkingtonKeeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland, almost certainly after Broxburn, East Lothian.

In 1636, Kirkhill house was granted to Ludovic Stewart, advocate.[ The house and surrounding land eventually passed to David Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan, where the house was extensive remodelled in 1770/1771.[ It then passed to his nephew, the 12th Earl who was buried in St John's Church nearby. The house still exists today in Broxburn and is Category B listed.

Broxburn remained an agricultural community until the development of the oil shale industry in the area during the second half of the nineteenth century. This brought in a rapid influx of workers, greatly expanding the local population. Broxburn is still known for its association with the industry, pioneered by the inventor and industrialist James Young. Many shale spoil tips, known as bings, are still in evidence around the town.

Up until its closure in 2013, Hall's of Broxburn, a food manufacturer, employed around 1,700 employees at its meat processing plant to the east of the town.] At the time of closure, it was the largest, single employer in Broxburn. The large building was demolished in 2014.

The Shale Bings

The 3 Broxburn Bings (Greendykes Bing, Albyn Oil Works Bing and Hopetoun Bing) reside on the north east of Broxburn starting from behind the East Mains Industrial estate. The nearby Niddry Bing resides near the village of Winchburgh. The largest of the three Bings is the Greendykes Bing which when scaled provides excellent views of the whole area. The Bings were created by large piles of spoil from the shale mines being dumped on top of each other to form the Bings.

Present day Broxburn now has two separate industrial areas, the Greendykes Industrial Estate and the East Mains Industrial Estate, which provide employment for local people.


Minutes will be added here as they become available, if required in a paper form please contact the secretary@broxburncc.org.uk

Broxburn Community Council welcomes anyone living or working in Broxburn area who is  looking to become a member.  We are proud to represent the people of Broxburn. We are all volunteers.

We welcome all to attend our monthly community council meetings and contribute on local issues and matters of interest. We would like to work together to give the local community a voice.

If you would like to be part of the Broxburn Community Council or join our monthly meeting then please contact us for more information.

Chairperson– Mrs Gillian Percie

Vice Chairperson– Miss Ellie Tappenden

Treasurer– Mr Keith MacLeod 

Secretary– Miss Kirsty Morgasn 


Mrs Caroline MacLeod 

Ms Rebecca Smith 


The Broxburn , Uphall and Winchburgh ward consists of Broxburn, Uphall, Winchburgh,

Ecclesmachen and Dechmont 


If you have any questions or concerns, we're always ready to help!