Residents fear impact of Cockenzie energy park

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Neighbours of Cockenzie Power Station fear the proposed redevelopment of the site could change the face of their community forever.

Around 2,500 leaflets are being distributed this week urging residents in the area to learn more about the proposals by attending a public meeting at Preston Lodge Rugby Club next week.

Scottish Enterprise is currently considering plans for the site, which would see the construction of a marine energy park for the manufacture of giant offshore wind turbines.

A deep water port would also be needed to transport the turbines and a cruise ship terminal has also been proposed.

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The meeting, taking place on Tuesday at 7.30pm, is being organised by the Coastal Regeneration Forum at the request of concerned local residents, including Port Seton business owner Shona Brash.

“We are not a protest group, we are just local people asking for more information and proper consultation. Scottish Enterprise claim there has been public consultation, but very few people seem to be aware of the plans,” said Shona.

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