Seasons Greetings and THANK YOU to Colchester Council for the Best Gift!

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In November the Maldon Standard reported that “COUNCILLORS will do everything they can to block the potential development of a nuclear power station at Bradwell. Designs for a new nuclear power station close to the site of a former plant have been revealed. The reactor and buildings – designed by EDF and China General Nuclear – could be built at Bradwell-on-Sea.”   Local campaigners have led a vigorous campaign against new nuclear build in Essex and the council have taken heed of warnings about health and safety of the public and the financial black hole that new build would result in.   Colchester are absolutely right to take their stand against nuclear and we in Cumbria believe that this is a rallying cry to other councils to join the resistance.  Even the former government minister in charge of signing off on new nuclear build has done an about turn saying “Sir Edward Davey said the lower cost of renewables today means “the economics have clearly gone away” from the project. He said: “There are doubts about whether it will ever get built. ”   Ed Davey recieved a knighthood for services rendered to the nuclear industry instead of  being held to account for the damage ALREADY being done to the greenfields, woodland and wildlife already at Hinkley and at the floodplain of the river Ehen near Sellafield where 300 “exploratory” boreholes have been drilled.

Radiation Free Lakeland have sent a Thank You card to Colchester Councillors and urge others to send them letters of support.  Also remind our own councillors to genuinely look out for the publics interest and say … No Nuclear!

Emails for Colchester Borough Council to send a Thank You for taking a Stand Against New Nuclear

 

5 thoughts on “Seasons Greetings and THANK YOU to Colchester Council for the Best Gift!

    1. Thanx Peter! here is the email sent to the Leader of Colchester Council, All Best! Dear Councillor Paul Smith,

      I am writing to you from Cumbria to thank Colchester Council for saying NO to new nuclear build at Bradwell.
      We are campaigners in Cumbria, we are all volunteers with Radiation Free Lakeland which was set up in 2008 to fight against the Geological Disposal Facility which was (still is?) planned for Cumbria.

      A Thank You note has been sent in the post to you with our sincere gratitude to Colchester councillors for taking this stand which we hope will be a rallying cry to other councils who are being asked to host new nuclear reactors in their boroughs.

      In November the Maldon Standard reported that “COUNCILLORS will do everything they can to block the potential development of a nuclear power station at Bradwell. Designs for a new nuclear power station close to the site of a former plant have been revealed. The reactor and buildings – designed by EDF and China General Nuclear – could be built at Bradwell-on-Sea.”

      Colchester are absolutely right to take their stand against nuclear and we in Cumbria believe that this should be a rallying cry to other councils to join the resistance. We note that Even the former government minister in charge of signing off on new nuclear build has done an about turn “Sir Edward Davey said the lower cost of renewables today means “the economics have clearly gone away” from the project. He said: “There are doubts about whether it will ever get built. ”

      Sir Ed Davey recieved a knighthood for services rendered to the nuclear industry. Instead we believe he should be held to account for the damage ALREADY being done to the greenfields, woodland and wildlife already at Hinkley. Here in Cumbria , at Moorside (a beautiful area) near Sellafield, 300 “exploratory” boreholes have been drilled with the resulting decades of contaminated groundwater from Sellafield being drained to the river Ehen. The sludge from the boreholes is left to settle in holding tanks and put into Lillyhall landfill which is licensed to take “High Volume Very Low Level Waste” (mistakes have been made with intermediate level waste dumped into the landfill in 2010).

      The nuclear industry is we believe out of control and it is now councils and the public rather than the increasingly lap dog regulators who will hold the industry to account and say “enough is enough”.

      Thank you once again

      with best wishes for Christmas and for a peaceful 2018

      yours

      Marianne Birkby
      on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland
      address..

      https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/silent-night-of-radioactive-boreholes-300-on-greenfields-and-floodplain/

  1. To complete the picture this was the ‘Have Your Say’ piece I gave to the Colchester Cabinet that prompted the response and the newspaper article:

    I am a member of West Mersea Town Council, the local Green Party and the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (or BANNG). The news broke last week that the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the proposed new Nuclear Power Station at Bradwell had moved forward to a second phase. This is deeply concerning on a number of levels and I am pleased to know that Colchester Borough Council (CBC) is also opposed to Bradwell B.

    To summarise we know it is

    1 – Economically Irresponsible:

    The sums simply do not add up. Even using the inflated Hinkley Point C Strike Price times 35 years does not equal £19bn, there will inevitably be a burden on taxpayers.

    2 – Scientifically Irresponsible:

    All the planned mega sized reactors are experiments, which, by the time they might become operational the technology utilised will be seriously outdated.

    3 – Morally Irresponsible:

    We will leave an unpleasant legacy for our children, their children and our great great grandchildren with ongoing costs for the radioactive waste. The Government’s Nuclear Decommissioning Agency website quotes between £96bn and £222bn over 120 years (that’s £20 a year each).

    4 – Environmentally Irresponsible:

    To consider building such a massive project, 10 times the output of Bradwell A, on a tidal floodplain affected by the predicted sea level rises due to climate change over the period the station will operate and the requirement to store all waste (including highly radioactive spent fuel rods) is, frankly, an unsound proposal. This cabinet knows the area is in the MCZ, it is covered by RAMSAR, SSSI and the major question of where will the cooling water come from bearing in mind the marine ecology of the shallow Blackwater Estuary.

    Colchester Cabinet

    My first question to you is in view of Colchester Borough Council’s opposition to what extent is this council involved in all discussion about this project with EDF/CGN, the developers, the regulators, Essex County Council and Maldon District Council (MDC)?

    It is an uncomfortable irony that not a single home in the Maldon District planning area would be affected by prevailing Southwesterly winds whereas Mersea Island and villages along the southern boundary of Colchester Borough are in direct line. What pressure can you apply to MDC to ensure these councils can be upgraded to statutory consultees?

    Finally, bearing in mind the academic and scientific expertise provided by the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group on offer to assist CBC in its opposition to Bradwell B and the long term storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste on a totally unsuitable site, can we count on your support for BANNG?

    Thank you

    Peter Banks CBC Cabinet 22nd Nov 2017

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