Pressure is mounting on East Lothian Council to take action to protect Levenhall Links and Musselburgh Lagoons from inappropriate development.
Lothian Green MSP Alison Johnstone and local SNP councillor Stuart Currie have expressed concerns that plans to designate the area as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) have been left “in limbo”.
The Friends of Musselburgh Links, a group representing golfers, birdwatchers, racegoers and other uses, has also launched a petition calling on the council’s Labour-led administration to progress the plans.
The Links include the world’s oldest golf course, Musselburgh Racecourse, and partially landscaped areas built up from ash waste generated by Cockenzie Power Station. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and one of Scotland’s top birdwatching sites.
Ms Johnston said: “Now that the coal power station at Cockenzie has been switched off and the ash lagoons have reached the end of their working life, we need to know what’s going on.
“LNR status would help protect the area from inappropriate development.
“I have visited the site and it is an incredibly valuable green space on the doorstep of East Lothian’s biggest town.”
Full story and further comments in this week’s Musselburgh News, on sale now.