Power to the people over Cockenzie plans

Cockenzie Power Station

Cockenzie Power Station

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An opportunity to create a massive development of national significance in East Lothian should be viewed as “a dream, not a nightmare”.

So members of East Lothian Council were told when they met on Tuesday to discuss the potential for redeveloping the former Cockenzie Power Station site and the process required to deal with anticipated planning permissions.

With Scottish Enterprise carrying out initial public consultations on a proposed Cockenzie Energy Park, councillors are also mindful that the Scottish Government has designated the area as a site for thermal generation and one which could attract renewable energy-related investment.

But the scale of the proposed project is causing great concern to residents of Cockenzie, Port Seton and Prestonpans, who fear having to suffer years of building work, heavy vehicles, traffic congestion and environmental blight.

Their reaction has led the News to launch our ‘Power to the People’ campaign this week.

For full story, see this week’s East Lothian News and Musselburgh News. On sale now.

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