THE local Labour councillor has made the startling claim that because the clean coal power station has been removed from North Ayrshire's development plan Scottish SNP Ministers are more likely to go ahead with it."
In a letter to the 'News' Councillor Alex Gallagher stated: "I have to say that, by removing the council's insistence on any coal-fired power station at Hunterston being 100% clean coal from the start, the SNP opposition has made a huge tactical and strategic mistake.
" It has weakened our defences and opened up the floodgates for the Ayrshire Power proposal to be resurrected with a greater chance of enactment than it previously had."
He alleged that because of Scottish government energy policy it was clear that "the SNP Government is determined to press ahead with the coal-fired power station proposal regardless of local objections."
Councillor Gallagher's full letter is contained in two pages of views carried in the Largs & Millport Weekly News of March 21.