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Prestonpans battlefield campaigners bid to bury substation plan

Battle of Prestonpans re-enactment

Battle of Prestonpans re-enactment

Campaigners fighting to protect a battlefield from development will be armed with new information when they confront councillors next week.

The Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust has welcomed research by the UK Battlefield Trust which suggests the site is a burial ground for Redcoat soldiers who died there.

Trustees from Prestonpans now hope to enlist the backing of the War Graves Commission in their bid to preserve what remains of the battlefield – and its dead.

The trust will be represented at Tuesday’s meeting of East Lothian Council’s planning committee, when councillors consider plans by Inch Cape Offshore Ltd to build and operate an electricity substation on land which encroaches on to the battlefield.

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It believes the development could be accommodated on existing brownfield sites in the area.

Battle of Prestonpans trustee Dr Gordon Prestoungrange told the News: “This pronouncement by the UK Battlefield Trust could be one further reason why the substation should not be built on this land. Fundamentally it remains our belief that nothing should be built on the battlefield as it survives today.”

Full story in this week’s East Lothian News, on sale now.

 

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