DECISION day for The Quay planning appeal is expected in the next two months.

Amanda Chisholm, the independent reporter appointed to determine the appeal on behalf of Scottish Ministers, carried out an inspection of the site at Fisherrow Harbour last month.

Lodged by Simply Musselburgh Care Limited, the appeal followed East Lothian Council’s refusal of a plan to convert the former leisure complex, restaurant and function suites into a 40-bed nursing home.

Ms Chisholm is now preparing her decision, a copy of which will be sent to all parties involved and published on the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division’s website.

A meeting of the local authority’s planning committee in June regarding The Quay, owned by Dr Charan Gill, ended with a near-unanimous decision to reject the nursing home proposal.

Only Councillor Norman Hampshire, planning committee convener, backed council officials’ recommendation to approve the plan.

Local groups including Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council, Musselburgh Area Partnership, and Musselburgh Conservation Society, among others, are calling for the appeal to be thrown out.

, Musselburgh Area Partnership, Fisherrow Harbour and Seafront Association, and the Musselburgh Business Partnership are calling for the appeal to be thrown out.