EAST Lothian could become home to two farm-themed family parks.

Plans were revealed last month for East Links Family Park to switch to a new site at East Fortune Farm.

Grant Bell and Jane Brand will showcase their plans for the site tomorrow (Friday) at a public consultation event.

But just days before that event, the landowners of East Links, near West Barns, told the Courier that a new tenant would take the helm there, claiming that infrastructure would remain in place.

The existing attraction, which is home to a four-level play fort, safari train, go-karts, hay barn and various animals, including llamas and wallabies, has drawn in more than a million visitors since it opened its doors in 2002.

The current lease, held by Mr Bell, comes to an end in 2026.

READ MOREEast Links Family Park looking to move to East Fortune Farm

A spokesperson for landowners of the current site AP Dale said: “When the lease runs out for the current tenant of the park, a new operator will be taking over with fresh ideas and an upgrade of facilities.

“Suggestions that have been made that the park is relocating are wide of the mark – it is staying put.”

Mr Bell has been at the heart of the successful business since it opened more than 20 years ago.

He told the Courier that discussions were still to take place between himself and the landowners as to what exactly was included in the original lease.

However, he was confident that he could make a success of a new facility in the county.

He pointed to the success of a similar facility near Lanark, which he is behind.

Up to 2,000 people a day visit East Links Family Park, on the edge of the John Muir Country Park.

'Massive impact'

Ahead of the public consultation, which takes place at East Fortune Farm from 2pm to 8pm, discussions were held with Haddington and District Community Council.

The group also covers Athelstaneford. Malcolm Vickers, who represents the village on the group, confirmed that a public meeting would take place in Athelstaneford Village Hall for people to voice their concerns.

He said: “The issue of cars using the village as a through road if jams occur [on other routes to the proposed attraction] was also raised and we would be looking to find solutions to ensure this did not occur.

“The impact on farmers regarding tractor access to and from fields/yards was highlighted from a safety and productivity perspective.

“Engagement with farmers and other businesses potentially impacted by plans was agreed.

“Most importantly, the massive impact on residential property owners close to the proposed site was highlighted as a key issue.

“The planning consultant accepted that this needed to be addressed as part of the consultation process.”

Already, those behind the plans for the new site have confirmed there will be visuals at this week’s consultation of how the site might look.

At the same time, further details will be given regarding jobs, investment and the potential traffic movement and vehicle numbers at the site.

Detailed plans for the new development could go to East Lothian Council this summer, with a decision taken later in the year.