Public Meetings on New Nuclear Build
There were two public meetings today, in the afternoon and early evening respectively, at Whitehaven civic hall. The subject was the nomination process for sites to be considered for Nuclear New Build.
It was estimated that about 300 people attended one or other of the two meetings, which were chaired by David Moore, leader of the Conservative group on Copeland Council, in his capacity as chairman of the local nuclear consultative committee.
Presentations at the start of each meeting gave an outline of the local "Energy Coast" masterplan and the process for nominating sites. It would appear that three sites in Copeland are likely to be put forward as possible locations for nuclear power stations when the deadline for nominations closes on 31st March. The NDA will be nominating land at Sellafield, and RWE will nominate sites near Kirksanton and Braystones. These nominations will be followed by an extensive period of public consultation before the government decides which of the nominated locations would be acceptable as possible sites for new nuclear build.
There is a great deal of further examination of the proposals and public debate to go forward before any of these sites could be chosen for a new power station. A lot of concerns, some raised at the meetings, will need to be carefully considered. But I was pleased to see that the process of looking at sites and options is finally under way.