…we gotta wear shades! Or, at least that’s what you might have thought this weekend right across the county. It wasn’t just that Dunbar, North Berwick and Gullane were mobbed, with High Street pavements and car parks choked and beaches busy with strollers and pale skin lolling beneath newly dusted-down sunglasses. Elsewhere hummed to the tunes of lawnmowers and the chink of spade and iced tumblers in gardens. Weekends like this, our visitors just have to live with their jealousy.
But those visitors are also the future; they are what has revived North Berwick High Street and spurred hundreds of volunteers to make the place look cared for. This has now spilled over to East Linton and Cockenzie/Port Seton, as well as more obvious destinations, again because the place looks cared for. While we build such desirable communities, the financial boost to make it all work has to come from tourism.
Labour huffs and puffs about jobs and economy. But, with their heads stuck down a 19th © hole, they don’t have a clue. They want Cockenzie Power Station (possibly the ugliest but certainly the most prominent building in Scotland) to stay for another 30+ years. Why? for maybe 50 jobs. If you replaced it with a marina, harbour, boat trips, restaurants, shops, seafood specialties, etc, you’d have over 1,000 jobs, plus perhaps £30m injected into the local economy annually. You would also link wildlife of the lagoons with Longniddry Bents and elevate the John Muir Way to national status and re-invent Prestonpans as a destination by making a long seafront walkway part of it.
Beats me why my opponents are such Luddites and can’t see a more suitable future for such a wonderful place. Maybe they wear dark glasses on all the time; maybe they’re just blind.