ANNUAL celebrations in Cockenzie and Port Seton have received a double blow this year, with the village’s fireworks display and Christmas lights both cancelled. At the beginning of last month, Cockenzie and Port Seton Community Council put out a call for volunteers to help organise and run the annual event, but the quota of numbers required was not met.
A CELEBRATION of the Scottish sea salt industry, past and present, is set to take place in Brora. Salt historians, archaeologists, enthusiasts and artisan salt producers will gather in the village on Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17, for a symposium on the Scottish sea salt industry.
POLICE will focus on tackling anti-social behaviour in Prestonpans and Cockenzie, a recent meeting agreed. At the meeting of Preston Seton and Gosford (PSG) Community and Police Partnership (CAPP), officers agreed to focus attention on the following priorities: anti-social behaviour in the Cockenzie area, anti-social behaviour at the war memorial in Prestonpans, and special attention on e-scooter concerns across the PSG region.
Kenny MacAskill calls for legislation to ensure East Lothian benefits from offshore wind energy coming ashore
Offshore wind energy could bring East Lothian a cash bonanza if it was allowed to take a share in the wealth from renewables as Sheltand did from oil, MP Kenny MacAskill has said. Let us know what you think and join the conversation at the bottom of this article.
A team searching for Scotland’s oldest railway have “rewritten history” after finding hidden tracks in East Lothian. Archaeologists ad volunteers with the 1772 Waggonway Project made the finds while searching for the relic of the salt and coal industries of the 17th and 18th centuries.
A COMMUNITY council has responded to complaints about “inconsiderate, dangerous and illegal parking” and “speed of vehicles” on roads in Cockenzie and Port Seton. Cockenzie and Port Seton Community Council received several complaints over the summer about dangerous driving in the village. It announced on Facebook that it had engaged with East Lothian Council and Police Scotland to seek assistance.
The Battle of Prestonpans Trust are concerned a £40 million plan to upgrade electric pylons on the site, feature in the hit drama Outlander, could disturb old remains. A £40million pylon upgrade project has sparked fears it could dig up an ancient soldiers’ burial site. The Battle of Prestonpans Trust has called for details of SP Energy’s plans to carry out inspections and upgrades to 190 pylons from East Lothian to the Borders.
NEW seagull-proof bins could be introduced in Cockenzie and Port Seton. Concerns about gulls feasting on fish and chip leftovers were raised by community councillors at their meeting last month. Stuart Duff, a member of the community council, said introducing general purpose sheltered bins would be beneficial.
Virtual event will give local firms advice on how to get involved in Inch Cape project Developers building an offshore wind farm which will bring energy ashore in East Lothian are urging local suppliers and workers to get involved, as they bid to benefit the area and lower the project’s carbon footprint.
An important milestone for healthcare in East Lothian was reached this week as project representatives marked the start of construction work on a refurbishment and extension of The Harbours Medical Practice in Cockenzie. (from left) Jane Johnston, practice manager; Cllr Shamin Akhtar, vice-chair East Lothian IJB; Philip Galbraith, project director, Morrison Construction; Jon Turvill, ELHSCP clinical director/Harbours GP partner; Dr Susan Menzies, Harbours GP partner; Kenny Campbell, development manager, hub South East; Dr Susan Liddell, Harbours GP partner
A HIGHLY anticipated archaeological project, unearthing information on salt pans and Scotland’s earliest railway, will begin this week. An archaeological team put together by the 1722 Waggonway Project, which includes local volunteers and professional and student archaeologists from across the UK, will conduct excavations at two separate sites relating to the historic coal and salt industries of East Lothian.
Offshore energy firms have been branded “power parasites” in a row over the future of a former power station site in East Lothian. Let us know what you think and join the conversation at the bottom of this article. The former Cockenzie site has been in the ownership of East Lothian Council for more than three years but to date the only projects approved for the land have been two substations to bring energy onshore from offshore windfarms.
A second substation to bring offshore energy into the National Grid is set to be given the go ahead at the former Cockenzie Power Station. East Lothian planners have recommended the plans by Seagreen Wind Energy for approval when they go before elected members next week. If approved it will mean that to date the only successful plans for the council-owned site, will be for buildings which have been described by locals as “big sheds”.
The proposals for another offshore energy substation at the former Cockenzie Power Station site are a long way from local hopes for a living history Eden-style project. A second substation to bring offshore energy into the National Grid is set to be given the go ahead at the former Cockenzie Power Station.
THE Christmas lights in Cockenzie and Port Seton could be in jeopardy this festive season due to a lack of funding. The cost of the Christmas lights in the village are said to be “more than the community council’s annual grant income from East Lothian Council”.
An investigation has been launched by police after a break-in at an East Lothian school. Officers are appealing for information after a break-in at Cockenzie Primary School throughout Wednesday night. Police Scotland posted on social media: “Do you live in the area and did you see anyone within the school grounds during these times?
POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a break-in at Cockenzie Primary School yesterday evening (Wednesday). Officers from Prestonpans Community Policing Team are investigating a break-in that occurred at the school overnight on July 28 between 5.45pm and 6.55am. The team are also investigating ongoing issues relating to anti-social behaviour being caused by youths.
East Lothian Peeps into the Past: July 19-23, 1996, 1971 and 1921 WE TAKE a look at the stories making headlines in East Lothian 25, 50 and 100 years ago. 25 years ago... ‘BEEFING up energy at Cockenzie’ said the front page of the East Lothian Courier on July 19, 1996.