OPEN LETTER TO LORD BRAGG
published in the News and Star (26.3.15) and The Cumberland News (27.3.15)
I am sure you would agree that the hard-won planning protections for ancient monuments and special sites of conservation should not be scrapped in Cumbria.
This is what is being proposed right now, with Cumbria specifically in mind.
On wednesday, the House of Lords will be discussing the plan to push through legislation that will remove our right, and the right of Cumbria County Council to object to burying radioactive waste underground, anywhere.
Government hopes to do this by 2016 by adding geological disposal facilities (GDFs) to the list of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP)
NSIP forces through the government’s plans for new nuclear by denying communities the voice usually afforded to them via public inquiries.
The Government hoped the nuclear waste “problem” was going to be solved by communities coming forward to volunteer to take the waste, now that plan has fallen by the wayside the Government wants to impose it, not only by trying to remove Cumbria County Council’s right of veto, but also by designating nuclear waste burial as NSIP.
The protections of planning permission, listed building consent, scheduled monument consent and conservation area consent among others are not required by NSIP.
This already seems to be happening with regard to Moorside (proposed nuclear power station near Sellafield) where 100 “exploratory” boreholes are now being dug on what should be protected land on the Site of Special Scientific Interest flood plain of the River Ehen.
In the same area one wind turbine up to 30m high was turned down on the grounds of wildlife and landscape (while 600-800ft towers or vast installations at sea would cool the toxic heat of Moorside).
This total lack of scrutiny over nuclear developments will escalate should GDFs be added to the already undemocratic NSIP legislation (brought in to accommodate nuclear)
Please join other Cumbrians who love our land and say no to this diabolic plan to turn Cumbria into Europe’s largest nuclear sacrifice.
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland