Naming East Lothian’s New Town – Public Consultation

East Lothian Council is looking for your help in choosing a name for East Lothian’s new town. It will be located on a site near Tranent, Macmerry, Prestonpans, Longniddry and Cockenzie and Port Seton, close to the A1. The town will include new housing, a school, business space, shops, sports facilities and parks.

School pupils from around East Lothian were asked to compile a shortlist of names – either chosen from a long list based around themes including local farms, landscape features, people, events and waterbodies, or to put forward their own suggestions.

The name should have a local connection and convey a sense of place and optimism for the future.

A panel consisting of councillors and senior officials met to consider school responses submitted by 28 schools.

The panel determined that the most popular and suitable names were Charlestoun, Hattonfield, Hopetoun, Muirdale and Nethermuir. The panel also decided that the name Blindwells should be included on the shortlist of potential names for public consultation.

The Council would like to hear your thoughts on the shortlisted names in a public consultation, which can be found here.

The closing date of the consultation is Thursday 5 December.