Sep 212015

ScottishPower have confirmed that the iconic chimneys will be brought down by a controlled explosion at 12 noon on Saturday 26 September 2015.  Immediately afterwards, a second controlled explosion will bring down the turbine hall structure.


chimdem109645_9973_NOTICE 221 FOR POWER STATION WORKS-page-003East Lothian Council have approved the introduction of temporary road restrictions at various locations in Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton to facilitate demolition work.  The Traffic Order can be viewed here (pdf).  The restrictions will be in place from 9a.m. to 1p.m.


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Lidl Car Park, Prestonpans will be the closest publicly accessible vantage point.

The beach affords great views of the chimneys.

The section of the beach at Morrison’s Haven has the advantage of being opposite Prestongrange Museum and Visitor Centre.

Port Seton Centre will be open on the day of the explosion and will be showing an exhibition of photographs of the Power Station.

Dalriada Bar, Portobello, will be opening at 11am to allow anyone wishing to view the demolition from their beer garden to get settled with an appropriate beverage! Fingers crossed for good weather.

The Scottish Seabird Centre will be operating special sailings to view the demolition from a vantage point out at sea.

A live streaming will be shown on YouTube (can’t vouch for content/quality!)

Follow the event on social media using #CHIMDEM


For photographs of the Power Station, visit Fraser Macdonald’s website.

To buy photographs of the Power Station, visit Keith Thorburn’s website.

To hear a song Where Dragons Played, visit Richard Buchanan’s website


Aug 042014

SOS Chimneys

Edit 2! There’s a change to the shops holding the petition.

Edit – Listen to the Radio Saltire Interview at the bottom of this post!


Listeners to David Caldwell’s Brunch Show will already be aware of the “Save Our Stacks” campaign to save Cockenzie Power Station’s landmark chimneys.

The organisers believe that the Cockenzie Chimneys create a landmark that has become a signature of East Lothian’s coast. Over time, they have become well loved by locals and not everybody agrees with the current plans to demolish them.

The campaign is gathering pace with both on and offline petitions gathering names fast.

Kids Competition

In an effort to gather interest amongst the younger members of our community, the SOS Campaign has set up a “Loom Band” competition. They want kids to create “Loom Band Chimneys” by wrapping cardboard rolls (eg kitchen paper rolls) with Loom Band. The completed “Chimneys” can then be entered into a prize draw that will take place at the end of August.

The image (top right) shows an artists impression of the chimneys covered with Loom Bands. Apparently, to make this a reality, East Lothian’s kids would need to create a band over 2000 miles long!

Join In

The online petition is available via the Change.Org website. It’s also available in local shops, currently in Tranent at:

  • Bobby Marr Fruit shop
  • Janets Flower shop
  • Homezone
  • Elphinstone Newsagents
  • Kirsteens Kreations
  • Recharge
  • Tranent Day Centre

You can also get more of a flavour of the campaign via videos posted on Youtube:


The Radio Saltire Interview