Battle of Prestonpans site plan protest

The Battle of Prestonpans, re-enacted above, happened in 1745. Picture: Neil Hanna
The Battle of Prestonpans, re-enacted above, happened in 1745. Picture: Neil Hanna
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MORE than 1000 people are expected to attend a public meeting tonight in Prestonpans over plans to build an industrial complex on the site of a famous 1745 battle.

Locals are up in arms over proposals to build a huge marine energy park and substation on the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army defeated government forces.

The Coastal Regeneration Alliance says the Scottish Enterprise scheme will blight the area by destroying the coastline. They also say it will create a barrage of noise.

Spokesman Carl Barber said: “The development would involve massive dredging, turning beaches black and destroying fishing. There would be a factory to build the biggest wind turbines in the world, which will operate 24/7.”

Aaron Johnston of the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust also fears that the development will be built on top of a mass grave for soldiers who fell in the battle. He said: “There may be hundreds of bodies down there and we’d like the area designated as a field of remembrance”.

East Lothian council has approved the plan in principle.