The prospect of “thousands of new jobs” from the proposed redevelopment of Cockenzie Power Station has been welcomed in Prestonpans.
Community council chairman James Yule hopes residents in the town will back plans being put forward by Scottish Enterprise to create a huge renewable energy park on the site of the redundant plant.
The proposals being considered by the government agency 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 could lead to additional investment to the area, with a cruise ship terminal also being proposed for the site.
If adopted, it would overtake a previous proposal from Scottish Power to turn the coal-fired plant – decommissioned last year – into a modern gas-burning power station.
Mr Yule told the News: “I think it is a good thing for the local community as it will create thousands of new jobs. If it gets up and running, I don’t think anyone in East Lothian will be out of work.
“There will be issues to be addressed, obviously, but we have lived with the eyesore of the power station for years now, so this can only be a good thing for the local economy. Personally I’m all for it.”
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