Things to do in Livingston, Lothian
Originally Livingston was a farming village beside the River Almond. The road had toll houses which developed into ale houses for travellers.Glasgow's overspill along with East Kilbride, Irvine, Glenrothes and Cumbernauld. The LDC controlled the growth in an orderly fashion from East to West.
It oversaw planning and design and ensured that green areas were retained. The new town plan required 1,000 new homes per year and the first housing estate was on the hillside at Craigshill.
The first family to arrive, making local history, was the Gilchrists who moved into 39 Broom Walk in April 1966.
The first shop in the state-of-the-art Craigshill shopping centre (as it was then) was opened by Rangers goalkeeper Billy Ritchie.Employment followed as Cameron Ironworks moved to the area, followed later by Sky TV, Motorola, Gore-Tex and NEC.
The LDC also provided a new City Stadium for Meadowbank Thistle Football Club which was renamed Livingston FC, another brilliant move by the town planners.
Livingston Rugby Club was also quickly established.
The expansion of Livingston continued, based on new neighbourhoods surrounding local shops and services rather than one giant city expansion.
In 1979 one of the LDC's employers, Robert Taylor, claimed to be knocked unconscious from an encounter with a UFO. The incident has never been proved or disproved and remains one of the most notable UFO sightings in the UK.
Present Day Livingston
Currently Livingston has grown to a population of over 50,000. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside with the Pentlands Hills to the south and the Bathgate Hills to the north.
Things to Do Around Livingston
Apart from the excellent shopping Livingston has several attractions nearby.
There are three country parks in West Lothian with ranger-led activities, woodland walks, orienteering and other recreational opportunities. Beecraigs, Polkemmet and Almondell/Calderwell Country Parks all have excellent Visitor Centres.
The Howden Park Arts Centre offers a season of drama and arts performances.