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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
Musselburgh Greens campaigner Jason Rose said:
“Although the outrageous proposal for 1,000 houses on greenbelt land at Goshen was removed, we’re still looking at concreting over the few remaining fields surrounding Musselburgh. A total of 760 houses at Dolphingstone basically means already-expanding Wallyford will join up with Prestonpans and Tranent.
“In this flawed and contradictory plan the officials acknowledge that local infrastructure is constrained yet they talk about using ‘existing infrastructure capacity’. Extra development will increase traffic flow and emissions, and Musselburgh is already horrendously congested and polluted, putting public health at risk.
“Successive administrations of East Lothian Council, whether Labour-led or SNP-led, have failed to tackle the problem, and today’s plan contains no credible plan of action. This LDP tramples over what makes East Lothian such a great place to live and work and bring up kids. We need housing but we should be focusing on existing derelict land and vacant properties first.”
North Berwick Greens campaigner Isla Aitken said:
“This plan gives us little confidence that we’ll see the affordable housing we really need. There’s a huge sense of frustration among young people in North Berwick who can’t afford to stay here. And East Lothian’s existing councillors sadly have a track record of approving developments with no thought for making already-congested routes to school safer for children.
“The reference in the local plan to onshore oil and gas extraction shows East Lothian Council is failing to listen to concerned communities and the global scientific consensus. The plan says gas extraction, which we presume covers fracking, coalbed methane and underground coal gasification, will be supported if certain conditions are met. That goes for open cast coal as well.
“This is a far cry from a fracking-free East Lothian so many of us had hoped for, and ignores our climate change responsibilities. East Lothian can develop clean, sustainable industries and today the local authority failed to seize that opportunity, instead leaving the door open to unnecessary and outdated drilling and mining.”