A proposal for an international racetrack at Musselburgh Lagoons is being put forward by The Sunbeam Trust, set up by retired Peebles businessman Bob Jamieson reports the Scotsman.
He insists the race track would bring more benefits to the local economy than a proposed wildlife haven and says the trust is currently involved in a project to start producing hydrogen fuel in Scotland through one of its subsidiaries, Alba H2 Fuel, and it is hoped the track could eventually feature hydrogen cars which would create zero emissions and ‘silent racing’.
The proposal would see other sports facilities based at the site, including an ice rink, gym and speedway venue; however, the main focus would be a racetrack.
Draft layouts of the proposal, which Mr. Jamieson says has been sent to East Lothian Council by the trust, outlines a track based on the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, Australia.
A large part of the 120-hectare ash lagoons has already been reclaimed, grassed and transferred to East Lothian Council ownership, providing a habitat for wildlife, with the last two lagoons also earmarked for the haven.
However, Mr. Jamieson says the wildlife proposals are a “wasted opportunity” and is urging council bosses to look again at the trust’s racetrack proposal.
He said: “It is scandalous that this valuable site will not generate any local income from birdwatchers, butterflies and seagulls.