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Substation objectors ready for ‘second Battle of Prestonpans’

Map showing proposed site for Cockenzie substation (red), underground cable (blue) and site access (green).

Map showing proposed site for Cockenzie substation (red), underground cable (blue) and site access (green).

Battle lines are being drawn over plans to build an electricity substation on land of “international significance” near Cockenzie Power Station.

Under proposals being submitted to East Lothian Council, the substation would be used to connect an offshore windfarm in the Firth of Tay to the national grid at the redundant power plant.

But local historians say they are “outraged” that the development could encroach on to land where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Highlanders famously defeated the British Army in 1745.

The Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust, established to conserve and interpret the battle site, has announced it will vigorously resist any proposals which are detrimental the town’s heritage.

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

 

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