So another Nuclear Junket Copeland politician is honoured.
This is so utterly predictable and so utterly corrupt.
Remember Nuclear Junket Jack Cunningham?
Loaded with honours!
Baron Jack Cunningham who while MP for Workington ignored the legitimate concerns of Sellafield worker Duncan Ball
Nuclear Junket Jack was suspended by the Labour party in 2013 accused of taking cash for questions.
Now Nuclear Elaine Woodburn has been honoured with an MBE.
Councillor Woodburn should be honouring the 2001-2016 Copeland Local Plan which she had a hand in writing.
The 2001-2016 plan says that there should be:
NO NEW HAZARDOUS DEVELOPMENT or
POPULATION INCREASE NEAR SELLAFIELD “
6.10 HAZARDOUS INSTALLATIONS 10.1 Two premises have been notified to the Council as hazardous Installations under arrangements set out in ODPM Circular 04/00 “Planning Controls for Hazardous Substances”. Consultation zones have been established within which it would be undesirable for there to be any significant population increase, and clearly the nearer the site is to the installation the greater the risk. Consultations are carried out with the Health and Safety Executive including, where appropriate, the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate. The relevant premises are:- Sellafield: nuclear reactors and fuel reprocessing (2 mile zone) Huntsman, Whitehaven: chemical works (1 kilometre zone).”
There is also the added hazard at Sellafield (not mentioned in the local plan) of a high pressure gas pipe to the Fellside Gas Plant on site.
Following on from the 2001-2016 plan is the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028. The change in tone is marked. Gone is the reference “Consultation zones have been established within which it would be undesirable for there to be any significant population increase, and clearly the nearer the site is to the installation the greater the risk.”
To be replaced with:
“Consultation will be required with the Officer for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) in the following circumstances: Inner Zone (0-6km) Any development leading to an increase in residential accommodation, or likely to cause an influx of non-residential population. Outer Zone (6-10km) Development providing residential accommodation, permanent or temporary, for more than 50 people or likely to cause an influx of non- residential population exceeding 50 people.”
Is this the reason for the honour of Elaine? The dishonour of the 2001-16 Local Plan and the dishonour of ANY protections for the people of Copeland, Cumbria and the wider area?
More info The document referred to in Copeland’s Local Plan 2001-2016 “Planning Controls for Hazardous Substances” goes on to say that:
“To implement the requirements of Article 12.1 of the SEVESO II Directive, Regulation 20 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Plan) (England) Regulations 1999 requires that in formulating their general policies in Part 1 of a unitary development plan, local planning authorities shall have regard to the objectives of the Directive. These are: to prevent major accidents and limit the consequences of such accidents for man and the environment; in the long term, to maintain appropriate distances between establishments and residential areas, areas of public use and areas of particular natural sensitivity or interest; and, in relation to existing establishments, for additional technical measures so as not to increase risks to people”
Are Copeland Borough Council and the diabolic consortium to which they seem to in thrall, NuGen, in breach of Planning regulations?
It would certainly look that way.
This is from the governments own planning guidance for Local Authorities: “When preparing Local Plans, local planning authorities are required to have regard to the prevention of major accidents and limiting their consequences. They must also consider the long-term need for appropriate distances between hazardous establishments and population or environmentally sensitive areas. They must also consider whether additional measures for existing establishments are required so that risks to people in the area are not increased. Detailed requirements are set out in the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
Honour Cumbria and Stop Moorside!