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Campaigners rally to defend Prestonpans battle site

Battle of Prestonpans re-enactment

Battle of Prestonpans re-enactment

Campaigners in Prestonpans are preparing to defend the boundaries of the town’s famous battlefield.

The Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust has created its own “red line” around the site of the conflict in a bid to ward off unwelcome developers.

With three major proposals under discussion for the Cockenzie, Prestonpans and Blindwells area, it has vowed to oppose any development on the site of the battle proper and on the nationally designated approaches to the site used by the armies involved.

The trust has already stated its “total opposition” to a substation proposal by Inch Cape Onshore which would cross the red line. As it does not oppose the development on any other grounds, it argues the proposal could be located on brownfield land immediately to the north.

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The trust is not opposed to new industrial uses being considered by Scottish Enterprise on the brownfield site of the former Cockenzie Power Station, or as part of the Blindwells development, but asserts they must not cross the red line.

Letters have also been sent to Scottish ministers questioning Historic Scotland’s recent decision not to object to the substation development, on the grounds that revision of the original proposal
had helped to “minimise” potential impact on the battlefield.

 

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