Westmorland & Lonsdale Green Party Oppose the Scrapping of Democracy for Nuclear Agenda

Dr Chris Loynes Westmorland & Lonsdale Green Party
Dr Chris Loynes Westmorland & Lonsdale Green Party

This excellent letter  published below was sent yesterday to the House of Lords by Dr Chris Loynes of the Westmorland & Lonsdale Green Party.  The letter outlines the many reasons why the House of Lords should throw out the plan to scrap democracy in order to accommodate the nuclear industry’s agenda.

Please feel free to make similar points in your own letters to be sent before Wednesday 3.45pm,  when the Lords will be discussing this.

Send to : Cumbrian Lords including

Lord Inglewood:  inglewoodw@parliament.uk
Lord Liddle:  liddler@parliament.uk
Lord Judd:  juddf@parliament.uk
Lord Rea:  reajn@parliament.uk
Lord Clark:  clarkd@parliament.uk
Lord Bishop of Carlisle:   bishop.carlisle@carlislediocese.org.uk

There are over 700 Lords altogether – you can try another email to be forwarded onto ALL members of the House of Lords     contactholmember@parliament.uk

This will also be debated in the House of Commons – but the urgent letter for now is to the House of Lords!

Dear Sirs

Re Geological nuclear waste disposal

On Wednesday the House of Lords will consider in Grand Committee legislation that will remove the right of Cumbrian residents to have a say in whether nuclear waste is stored underground in the county. I am writing on behalf of Westmorland and Lonsdale Green Party to urge you to consider carefully the removal of this right and to encourage you to argue against the loss of an essential democratic element in the planning process for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

The Green Party are opposed to the further development of nuclear power but we recognise that the waste already generated must be stored securely and safely for the future. However, we believe this storage must be a transparent process open to scrutiny and engaging the public in a democratic decision about how best and where this should be done.

The 2013 public consultation into the siting of a GDF document states:

“Any planning application will need to take account of community views where they are relevant – but there is no requirement for community support inherent in the planning process itself.”

This is inherently undemocratic and shows a high level of disdain for those who would oppose GDFs, both locally and those who could be affected should water contamination occur. The consultation goes on to say:

“Through application of this voluntarism and partnership siting we would go further and require a demonstration of community support before development could proceed.”

How can community support for such a scheme be demonstrated if the decision is taken out of the hands of the local layers of government and placed squarely into the hands of the Secretary of State?

Cumbria County Council opposed the siting of a GDF in their area based on their careful scrutiny of the thorough scientific evidence; yet the local councils were swayed by the “community benefits” which is arguably tantamount to bribery. There are inherent dangers in the so-called ‘voluntarist approach’ especially since UKOOG has defined ‘community’ as perhaps being the sole tenant on any given site. But to abandon the democratic process completely, by adopting the process for a NSIP and exclude locally-elected councilors, county officials and removing the need for public consultation will result in the British populace feeling like they have had this GDF rammed down their throats.

We ask you to help sustain the rights of every citizen to be engaged in making this difficult decision.

Yours sincerely

Chris Loynes
Ppc for Westmorland and Lonsdale Green Party

Cumbria

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Westmorland and Lonsdale Green Party Campaigning in South Lakeland for the General Election 2015

3 thoughts on “Westmorland & Lonsdale Green Party Oppose the Scrapping of Democracy for Nuclear Agenda

    1. Hi Barbara,

      you can send emails direct to

      Lord Inglewood: inglewoodw@parliament.uk

      Lord Liddle: liddler@parliament.uk

      Lord Judd: juddf@parliament.uk

      Lord Rea: reajn@parliament.uk

      Lord Clark: clarkd@parliament.uk

      Lord Bishop of Carlisle: bishop.carlisle@carlislediocese.org.uk

      AND you could try sending to the overall email – and ask that your letter
      is forwarded on to all members of the House of Lords
      contactholmember@parliament.uk

      Also you could send to your MP and ask that he sends an urgent message to
      the House of Lords Re Geological nuclear waste disposal

      On Wednesday the House of Lords will consider in Grand Committee
      legislation that will remove the right of Cumbrian residents to have a say
      in whether nuclear waste is stored underground in the county. I am writing
      to urge you to consider carefully the removal of this right and to
      encourage you to argue against including geological and borehole disposal
      of nuclear waste in the undemocratic legislation of Nationally Important
      Infrastructure Projects

      Hope that helps a bit

      all best wishes

      Marianne

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