Proceedings for the clean coal power station hearing at North Ayrshire Council were halted in the opening minute as a local councillor attempted to stop the meeting in a dramatic move.
Ayrshire Power propose to build a £3m clean coal power station facility at Hunterston as the controversial development came under scrutiny from councillors.
Conservative Robert Barr of West Kilbride accused Ayrshire Power of attempting to lobby councillors before the crucial meeting at Cunninghame House in Irvine on Monday morning.
Mr Barr interrupted the Provost at the opening of the meeting when he said: "There have been lobbying letters which have been given to each councillor. I think this meeting should be stopped."
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