Opposition grows to Cockenzie energy park plan

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Coastal communities are being urged to “speak with one voice” on their vision for the redevelopment of Cockenzie Power Station.

More than 50 people – many of them objectors – met in Prestonpans on Monday night to discuss plans for a marine energy park on the site of the redundant power plant.

The meeting was organised by the Coastal Regeneration Forum – representing Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton – which is concerned that many local residents are still unaware of the plans and the “massive” scale of what is proposed.

The development being considered by Scottish Enterprise would see giant offshore wind turbines being manufactured at the site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Construction of a deep-water port for exporting the turbines would be needed, with a cruise ship terminal also being proposed for the site.

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Forum Chairman Andrew Crummy said too many people where still unaware of the proposal, while most of those who knew of the plan seemed to be against it. He said many who attended the meeting were “passionate” in their opposition and some were “very angry”.

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