The Coastal Regeneration Alliance (CRA) petition against the Scottish Enterprise proposal for a Marine Energy Park at Cockenzie was considered by the Scottish Parliament Petitions Committee for a second time on Tuesday (3rd March).
The committee considered written submissions from Scottish Ministers, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Power and East Lothian Council, along with a written response from the CRA.
Local MSP Iain Gray attended and spoke for the petition, asking the committee to continue consideration themselves or by referring the issue to another committee of the Parliament.
Speaking afterwards, Iain Gray MSP said:
“I argued that the written submissions had not satisfied the campaigners or the local community that they would be properly consulted in future, or that their own aspirations for the site would be given proper consideration. Above all, Scottish Enterprise’s submission made clear that they are continuing with the feasibility study on a proposal which the community has resoundingly rejected.
“I therefore asked the committee to continue consideration of the petition. I was disappointed that they did not choose to call stakeholders into committee to explore the community’s concerns with them, but rather chose to do so in writing again. However, the most important thing was that the petition remains “live”, with the possibility of being referred to another committee for fuller examination.”