AN SNP MSP has urged people in North Ayrshire to “get involved in the debate” that is certain to be caused by the plan to develop the Hunterston terminal site in North Ayrshire. Up to 1700 jobs could be created at Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (Parc), says owner Peel Ports, but there are signs of an environmentalist backlash against the development on a 300-acre site which was originally an iron ore ship terminal but lately was being used for testing wind turbines. Planning permission has already been granted by North Ayrshire Council for the decommissioning of oil rigs at Hunterston. The council, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, local businesses and Peel have developed a masterplan which is now out for consultation. Potential uses set out in the master plan include using the the site for rig decommissioning or as a liquid natural gas terminal, or a train manufacturing plant. A plastics recycling and storage facility is also under consideration. Local MSP Kenneth Gibson, added: “Our young people need opportunities for high-quality, skilled jobs and I am determined to see those brought to Hunterston.
The National 17th May 2019 read more »