Village Centre

The Village Centre has recently become a village enterprise. Having the Village Centre on a viable and sustainable financial footing will be crucial to get things up, running and hopefully throwing for years to come.

(this is simply a temp holding page for Village Centre material, which likely requires its own section.)

Council meetings

What is the Community Council?

See Community Council’s own version of their meetings. Introduced through the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Part IV, paragraph 51 of the Act states that “…the general purpose of a Community Council shall be to ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the local authorities for its area, and to public authorities, the views of the community which it represents and to take such action in the interests of the community as appears to it to be expedient and practicable.”

West Linton Community Council was created in 1974 and consists of 9 elected members together with various ex-officio and co-opted members, as required, including our local Councillors.

Unlike Councillors, MSP’s etc, Community Councillors are elected for their three-year term of office as individuals, without the support of any political party: Party politics plays no part in Community Councils.

West Linton Community Council is, like other Community Councils in Scotland, is a voluntary organisation, made up of people who give time to, and have a genuine interest in, the well-being of the West Linton community. The Community Couincil Members are residents of the area who act on behalf of local people to try and preserve those aspects of the community that they believe are worth retaining whilst also encouraging developments which will benefit the community and ensure that it will continue to thrive.

Our primary role is representative – to consult the local community and to make known to public bodies, Scottish Borders Council in particular, the views of local people on all matters affecting them. These public bodies have a duty to consult the Community Council on how local services are delivered and on other issues affecting our area. Community Councils have the statutory right to be consulted on any planning applications in their areas. We monitor all such applications and, where appropriate, suggest amendments or submitt written objections. We are also kept informed about other issues such as licensing applications.

Meetings and Members

We meet on the second Monday of each month, at 7.30pm in the Village Centre. These meetings are open to all local residents.  A period is set aside for members of the public to raise matters of concern and to question the Community Council on any topic on the agenda. This is one of the ways you can “have your say” on any decision or question which affects the public life of the area. Our typical agenda includes discussion on environmental issues, Greens and public areas, roads and footpaths and transport matters.

You can contact any member of the Community Council to discuss relevant issues or ask for a matter to be raised at our meetings, see members list on Community Council Menu. 

Our meetings are normally attended by a member of Lothian and Borders Police, other officials may also attend as necessary.   


The Community Council is a statutory consultee on planning matters.  The Community Council considers Policies and regulations passed by Local and Central Government when deciding whether or not to support an application.  Comments from neighbours and other residents are also considered and therefore welcomed and encouraged. Planning applications can be viewed on Scottish Border’s e-Planning web site

Landscape Review

Draft Landscape Designations

Landscape Review (large file)

WLCC response to proposed removal of AGLV status from Pentland Hills

Following the consultation comments from the Community Council and others the SBC Planning Committee accepted the modified recommendations from their planning officers to redesignate

that the Borders part of the Pentland  Hills, previously designated as Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) to a Special Landscape Area (SLA).

In addition  the area that has previously been excluded from the AGLV between the Roman Road and the A702 is going to be included in the Pentland SLA.  

Planning documents

Local Plan

Local Plan map

Structure Plan Chapter 1 Development Strategy

Structure Plan Chapter 2 Environment

Structure Plan Chapter 3 Economic Development

Structure Plan Chapter 4 Housing

Structure Plan Chapter 5 Community Services

Structure Plan Chapter 6 Infrastructure

Structure Plan Chapter 7 Implementation & Monitoring

Structure Plan Key Diagram

Structure Plan appendices

Other Community Council Activities

Other than planning, the Community Council also monitors environmental issues and has a role in providing a number of amenities in the village, for example:

  • Christmas lights,
  • Litter bins and
  • Seats and benches.


The Community Council provides information to support community life.  The documents below in Acrobat format are provided for advice:


The Community Council also has a role in supporting:

The Alice Hamilton Trust, which manages a fund from which monies can be drawn to be spent on projects that benefit the whole of the community. Recently, the Trust has funded the cost of a new bridge over the Lyne and the cost of a new public address system for the Whipman; and

The Betty Aikman Fund, which disburses funds to school leavers to assist in the cost of moving on into higher or further education. Click here to download a pdf with further details.

Please contact the Community Council for more details.

West Linton Lions


Chairperson – Gavin Macrae

Treasurer – Steven McHaffie

Secretary – Emma Downie

Club Coach Coordinator – Vacant

Child Welfare Officer – Anna Weild

Health & Safety: West Linton Lions follow the Scottish Rugby Union guildlines for Child protection

01968 661634

West Linton Golf Club

Our outstanding 18-hole, par 69 moorland course is a joy to play as well as offering a challenge to all levels of golfing ability.
Just a 20 minute drive down the A702 from the Edinburgh by-pass, it is situated above the picturesque conservation village of West Linton, away from the traffic.
Designed by James Braid, the course boasts wonderful views of the Scottish Border countryside with the hills of Upper Tweeddale to the south, Mendick Hill to the south west and the Pentland Hills to the north. In addition to the breath taking scenery there is an abundance of wildlife; including red grouse, hares, owls and curlews.
The club, formed in 1890, has always had equal membership for men and women and was recently voted the friendliest golf course in the Scottish Borders. The well appointed clubhouse caters for all pre and post round needs and overlooks the closing three holes of the course. The pro-shop at West Linton, run by Gareth Wright, offers a warm welcome to all. There is also a thriving non-playing membership who appreciate the good food and social events.
John Johnson (Secretary)
01968 660970
[email protected]
Medwyn Road, West Linton Peeblesshire
EH46 7HN

Bouncy Castle Hire

West Linton Bouncy Castle Hire is an established business that has just celebrated its tenth year of running. It is run by the family – David, Cheryl, Elysha, Yvonne and Rosanna Fairholm in and around Peeblesshire, Peebles itself and other nearby Scottish counties. All units come with £5m PL insurance & all members of the Fairholms have enhanced disclosures. We now have four bouncy castles, sumo suits, sumo santas and a football shootout.

How To Contact Us

For bookings and more information you can contact us at:

West Linton Bouncy Castle Hire
Hartfell Crescent,
DG10 9AL

Dave Fairholm
01968 660641
Coalyburn Cottage, Deepsyke Forest, West Linton, Peeblesshire
EH46 7AZ

Tel: 01683 478367
Mobile: 07729911294

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Thank you! We look forward to your call or e-mail!

Whitfield Farm Livery

We believe that every horse and owner deserve individual attention, which is why we provide taylor made livery packages at an affordable price. Whatever your discipline, you and your horse can enjoy the facilities to full fill your ambitions. Whether visiting your horse every day or once a week, we are happy to discuss all your requirements.

Jim and Terri Weir
Whitfield Farm, West Linton, Peeblesshire
EH46 7AX


Whipman is one of the older Border Festivals, having originated from the annual agricultural holiday and fayre in 1803, when “the men of Linton for the bettering of themselves and their children, formed a Benevolent Society, they being known as ‘The Whipmen of Linton
Commencing in the first week in June, it is today a nine day festival which begins by celebrating a local couple in the form of the Whipman (meaning carter) and his Lass.
The current Whipman is Bobby Dow and the Whipman’s Lass is Sophie Elliot.
Centred around the historic installation ceremony, the event includes a fairground, dancing, sporting events, outdoor competitions – including the famous Bogie Race through the River Lyne, a bonfire, barbecue… in fact, something for everyone.
The Whipman Play originated in the early nineteenth century in connection with the local horseman’s society.
It was revived in 1931. It is a well-known local fact that if you want to find out who is going to be elected Whipman, look out for a couple who have never ridden before suddenly taking an all-consuming interest in equestrianism. It is also a well-known local fact that the sun doesn’t always shine during Whipman Week – and 2008 got off to a good start until the time of the installation ceremony, when the heavens opened.


Valda Hunter Dance

The Valda Hunter School of Dance welcomes girl and boys of all ages wishing to dance!
We hold regular classes in Tap, Ballet, Freestyle, Street Dance, special nursery dance classes for boys and girls

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The Valda Hunter School of Dance welcomes girl and boys of all ages wishing to dance!

We hold regular classes in Tap, Ballet, Modern Jazz, disco and Cheerleading as well as Dance and Drama and Boys’ Hip Hop Classes.

For Adults teach Tap, Adult Stretch and Dance and Mother and Toddler Classes.

All our classes are taught to Certificate Standard.

Dance classes venue:

Tracy McCue
01899 229002

Peter Gregory Dog training

Is your dogs behaviour a problem?
With over 40 years experience Peter can offer a wide range of solutions to suit your circumstances.
From puppy and beginner lessons to intermediate and agility, there are a wide range of sociable classes to suit you and your dog.
For more specific behaviour problems, Peter can visit you at your home for one to one training and counselling. Please call for advice and costs.

01968 679535