There was a full-to-capacity-and-then-some turnout at the latest meeting organised by the Coastal Regeneration Alliance. The group, made up of concerned residents and community figures, packed into the Chalmers Church Hall in Port Seton. During the evening, a PowerPoint presentation highlighted the background of the proposals of the Cockenzie Energy Park and laws surrounding them.
The group, described as “not a protest group”, but rather positive and community-driven, again allowed locals to ask and discuss their concerns. Many of these again, as with meetings held recently, centered on the local fishing industry, the Battle of Prestonpans site and even Seton Sands. The overall common theme though was objection to the main plans overall, though their was also some acceptance that the energy industry of some sort is likely to remain in some kind or other.
The next steps for the group include petitions, letters and word of mouth to create extra awareness. A Facebook group has also been set up. Other media organisations, including the local press and STV News, have picked up the story.
In attendance, among many others, were Shona Brash – local businesswoman; Andrew Crummy – community artist; and Gareth Jones – chairman of the Battle of Prestonpans group.