Local SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson has welcomed the decisive vote in the Scottish Parliament against building a coal-fired power station at Hunterston.
Holyrood voted 66 to 26 against the proposed development. SNP Ministers were unable to vote as they will have to deliberate on Ayrshire Power's planning application.
Said Mr Gibson: "The Scottish Parliament has made its rejection of a coal plant at Hunterston loud and clear. Only Tory MSPs voted en bloc for the proposal, despite campaigning against it locally!
"MSPs have looked at the arguments for and against Hunterston coal and decided that carbon capture and storage is unproven on a large scale. Development should take place on a more appropriate site such as Longannet.
The MSP stated: "Ayrshire Power should cut their losses and not proceed.
Full story in the Largs & Millport News of March 24