Power sta­tion site to be sold to lo­cal coun­cil for re­de­vel­op­ment

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JODY HAR­RI­SON

the as­pi­ra­tions of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

“News that we are Scot­tishPower’s pre­ferred bid­der is a pos­i­tive step for­ward, although there re­mains work to do in or­der to con­firm an agree­ment which en­ables the coun­cil to for­mally pur­chase the site. We are look­ing to progress this as quickly as pos­si­ble and will pro­vide fur­ther de­tails in due course.

“We recog­nise the sig­nif­i­cance of the site and will en­sure lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties con­tinue to be in­volved and en­gaged.”

A Scot­tishPower spokesman said: “The process to de­ter­mine the fu­ture of the power sta­tion site has in­volved a wide range of de­tailed dis­cus­sions.

“We can con­firm that East Loth­ian coun­cil is the pre­ferred bid­der, and fur­ther talks will now take place to con­firm the de­tails of the sale. We will work closely with the coun­cil to con­clude th­ese dis­cus­sions as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“Scot­tishPower has been part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity for over 50 years, and we have been work­ing hard since Cocken­zie closed to

The site of the old power sta­tion at Cocken­zie in East Loth­ian.

en­sure the best out­come for the site.”

The an­nounce­ment was wel­comed by East Loth­ian MSP Iain Gray who said: “This is the news we have been wait­ing for and should hope­fully mean that plans for the site’s fu­ture can start to move for­ward.

“I have al­ways been clear that those plans must be com­mu­nity-led and en­joy the broad sup­port of lo­cal peo­ple. How­ever, I am equally clear that the de­vel­op­ment of the site of­fers a unique op­por­tu­nity to bring new eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and jobs to East Loth­ian.

“East Loth­ian Coun­cil’s mas­ter­plan process means that much of the prepara­tory work has al­ready been done.

“I hope that the own­er­ship of the site can now be fi­nalised as rapidly as pos­si­ble, and that the hard work of en­sur­ing we max­imise the eco­nomic and so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties can fi­nally get un­der way.”

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