Although Forth Energy are still to submit a formal application to build their proposed Biomass Energy plant on Leith Docks, local residents groups are working together to share information. In just a few days, the “Leith Against the Biomass Plant Campaign” page on Facebook group has been “liked” by more than 110 people, keen to share links and discus what the proposals mean. If you’re on Facebook this could be a good way to stay up to date on the issue as it develops.
If you have concerns about the proposals, then we’d recommend using the web service www.writetothem.com to contact your MSPs. It is the Scottish Government that will decide on the Forth Energy proposal, not the City of Edinburgh Council, and so if you only send one email – let it be one to all your local MSPs.
We also note that the biomass plant became an election issue with all the local candidates from every party expressing concerns about the proposals. Former city councillor, Sheila Gilmore, who succeeds Gavin Strang as Labour MP for Edinburgh East has a dedicated page on the Biomass plant proposals on her website. On it she says, “I fully support the objections to this proposal made by my Labour colleague Councillor Gordon Munro who has said: ‘It will be a huge blot on the landscape if it goes ahead…This is about profit not the planet…I will support the community in its opposition to this proposal.”