East Lothian Labour Party’s petition demanding that the SNP Government return the right to decide on the Inch Cape substation planning application at the former Cockenzie power station to local councillors has already passed 700 signatures, just one week after it was launched.

Local party campaigners took the petition out to the public in Cockenzie and Port Seton on Saturday collecting many signatures to add to those secured online.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“The SNP have a long track record of making unwanted and undemocratic decisions about East Lothian’s future. We are clear that they have overstepped the mark this time and hundreds of local people have agreed and signed our petition.

“Ministers need to listen to local people and return the right to make this decision back to local councillors and communities.”

Brian Weddell, Chair of Prestonpans & District Branch Labour Party, said:

“The SNP’s decision to call in this planning application has thrown the future of the Cockenzie power station site up in the air.

“Over 700 people have already shown their opposition to the move by signing our petition. SNP Ministers should admit they have got it wrong and hand the decision back to East Lothian Council.”

The petition can be signed online at www.change.org/p/kevin-stewart-msp-hands-off-cockenzie

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