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


Feb 242015

Cockenzie Power StationTwo steel towers, located at the coal handling plant adjacent to Cockenzie Power Station, are set to be brought down in a controlled explosive demolition event on Tuesday 3rd March at 2pm. Both structures weigh in the region of 120 tonnes, with ‘Coal Tower 2’ being 25 metres in height and the ‘Coalfield Unloading Hopper’ approximately 22 metres high.

Following discussions with the Police, no road closures are required for the event, which will again be managed by ScottishPower’s main contractor Brown and Mason. Due to tree cover and the proximity of earth embankments to the structures, unfortunately there are no suitable viewing areas for the event.

When the station was operational, coal was transported from the coal handling plant over a distance to storage bunkers at the rear of the station via a conveyor. ScottishPower has already successfully removed the coal conveyor over Edinburgh Road and, most recently, the storage bunkers at the rear of the station.

George Camps, ScottishPower Project Manager, said:

This is the tenth controlled explosive demolition event that we have managed at Cockenzie, and again we have worked closely with the Police and East Lothian Council to put plans in place. During the demolition programme we have worked hard to ensure that our activities on site have as little impact as possible on the surrounding area.

Thanks to @LothianLoop for this story, follow on Twitter for regular tweets from East Lothian.

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