Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Bradwell-on-Sea: Councillors want compensation for communities should nuclear waste be brought into the Essex Coast

14:00 18 January 2014

Bradwell nuclear power station

Bradwell nuclear power station

Archant

Communities affected by the transportation of nuclear waste onto the north Essex coast should be compensated, councillors have said.

The demand is part of Maldon District Council’s response to a consultation into proposals to transport Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) from the Dungeness nuclear plant in Kent and store it in a facility at Bradwell-on-Sea.

The council remains opposed in principle to the idea, which is one option being explored by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) as part of the decommissioning process of both Dungeness and Bradwell power stations.

But should it be forced through, the council says a “comprehensive package of community benefit” should be offered to people living in the area who will have to put up with additional traffic and security concerns.

It says the compensation should be “direct and proportionate” to the savings made by the NDA and the disturbance experienced by locals.

Under the plans, the waste, made up of alloys previously used to hold the nuclear fuel, will be transported by train from Dungeness to Southminster and then taken by lorry the last five miles or so to Bradwell.

The council says there could potentially be 100 lorry movements in this process, shifting up to 98.5 cubic metres of waste.

Independent councillor, Brian Beale, said: “There will be an inconvenience for people living in villages when these lorries go through.

“There is also a fear factor around filling the store 
at Bradwell up 100% and plans to leave the site unmanned and to monitor it remotely.”

A spokesman for the NDA said that should the plans to bring ILW from Dungeness to Bradwell go-ahead the amount of waste would be “fairly insignificant” – amounting to 17 train loads over four years.

He added: “Should this option be chosen, Magnox, who operate the Bradwell site, will have to apply for planning permission and any benefits package will be discussed at that point.”

2 comments

  • so they should [ dumping tax]

    Report this comment

    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • An extra 17 train loads over four years? I get 17 trainloads past my house every day and it is completely unremarkable. Some councillors are just being deliberately disruptive.

    Report this comment

    Roy Everett

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Ipswich Hospital car park.

Patients, staff and visitors have paid more than £8 million to park at two major Suffolk hospitals since 2013, new figures reveal.

The Act of Rememberance in Felixstowe to mark the moment the Battle of the Somme began in 1916.

Around the country yesterday the remembrance event Whistle for the Somme saw communities gather and remember one of the First World Wars most famous battles on its 100th anniversary.

LEP chairman Mark Pendlington.

After a frantic week of meetings at councils across Suffolk and Norfolk, the future of devolution plans for the two counties is back firmly in the hands of the government.

Two vehicles have collided in Wickhambrook.

A woman has sustained a minor head injury during a two-vehicle crash in west Suffolk tonight.

Pigs Gone Wild sculptures being delivered to the streets of Ipswich

This week Suffolk has seen pigs pop up around town, James May officially unveil a new motorcycle museum and ITFC begin their pre-season training. To catch up on all the latest, watch this week’s news in video.

Centennial commemoration of the start of the battle of the Somme at Long Melford War Memorial at Holy Trinity Church.

The great-nephew of a Long Melford soldier who fought at the Battle of the Somme described the “humbling” experience of blowing on the same whistle his ancestor used to send men over the top.

More funding is needed to help people suffering with mental ill health, Labour says

Labour has joined calls demanding more money be made available for mental health services in Suffolk, warning that reported cuts of £200,000 will have “severe consequences” for sufferers in the county.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24