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Scottish Historic Landscape Update: Good news for preservation at Prestonpans and a reason to shout at Culloden

April this year brings some good news for preservation at Prestonpans and the chance to speak your mind about historic landscape preservation at Culloden. It is also time to thank our like minded compatriots back in Scotland for carrying the torch on local battles that affect the world like the fights to keep residential development at Culloden at bay and the integrity of Prestonpans and surroundings intact for now.

16 April 1746.  Drommossie Moor.

April 16, 2015 marks another year passed since the 1746 tragedy at Culloden.  The National Trust For Scotland’s Culloden Battlefield Visitor’s Centre has a full slate of talks and commemoration events this year as always.  You can find out more about what’s going on at the Culloden battlefield in April HERE.

3-31-15_press_and_journalAs a reminder, the fight goes on to protect the Culloden area for future generations (see media coverage to the right) The Highlands Council is currently seeking views and comments on the proposed renaming and preservation steps regarding the Culloden Battlefield Conservation Area.

If this topic interests you be sure to take a moment and pass your thoughts along to the Council before Friday, May 15th.  It is important that Scotland hears the voices of her Diaspora on matters that fall in the very heart of Scottish ancestry.

The proposals include renaming the area as Culloden Muir Conservation Area and include a conservation area appraisal and management plan.  The documents and consultation papers can be found online at:

www.highland.gov.uk/CullodenCA.

A Cockenzie Cock Up:  The Monster Marine Energy Development That Almost Swallowed Prestonpans Is … Well … Not Yet Dead, But Significantly Closer To Dead.

A few months ago we reported on a proposal to make a monumental mess out of the historically pregnant area at and near Prestonpans all in the name of energy production.  It is (was) called Cockenzie Energy Park but it isn’t the kind of park that Clark Griswold would take his family to.  As a reminder, this Cockenzie Energy Park is (was) HUGE.  Remember this description from George Kerevan?

But Scottish Enterprise wants to turn Cockenzie into a ‘hub’ for the offshore wind industry, which includes the associated Inch Cape substation. The scale of the project is truly gargantuan. It would swallow up the site of the power station, a coal handling plant area to south, and land at Blindwells currently earmarked for housing. According to Scottish Enterprise, the energy park (a euphemism, surely) would host the manufacture and repair of giant turbines. A deep water quay necessary for transporting the turbines might double as a dock for cruise ships.”  George Kerevan, The Scotsman, December 31, 2014.

Following both public outcry and indefensible problems with the the plans, Scottish Enterprise has withdrawn all of it from the the planning table – but rest not on your laurels (or anything else) – Scottish Enterprise has promised to be back with a different plan.  Oh goody.

To quote the piece from The Scotsman by George Kerevan once more:

No British army battle honours were ever awarded for Prestonpans, though they exist for other strategic disasters, such as Crete and Singapore. It would be a fitting tribute to those who died on both sides in 1745 if we saved the historic site of the Battle of Prestonpans as their memorial rather than an industrial wasteland.”

Scottish Enterprise has offered no date to expect the resurrection of the Cockenzie cock up but we’ll keep you updated if hear anything … on the wind.

 

One response to “Scottish Historic Landscape Update: Good news for preservation at Prestonpans and a reason to shout at Culloden”

  1. Philip Sheppard says:

    As a descendant of six Confederate veterans of the War for Southern Independence, I have a deep desire to see battlefield sites preserved. However, here in the United States, battlefield sites of Confederate victories are not given the same care, investment and protection as are sites of Union victories. In any case, in victory or defeat, all battlefield sites should be protected. I have Scottish blood in my veins, and even from this distance care whether historical sites be preserved or not. Confederate descendants fight for this preservation in the US. I would hope that my “cousins” in Scotland would care about their sites, too. Once development takes a site, it can never be recovered.

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