Now is not the time for Maldon District Council to be considering whether to permit the Chinese nuclear developer, CGN, to undertake extensive site investigations on the Dengie Peninsula that could prepare the ground for the building of a new nuclear power station. The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) argues that it is undemocratic and wrong to be giving the go-ahead for a project which is not needed, on a site not yet approved, at a time when the whole country is distracted by the coronavirus emergency. Many people think a new nuclear power station at Bradwell is a done deal already – it really is not. Contrary to what is in the glossy brochures recently distributed to households around the Blackwater, the site is not even a Government approved site, merely identified as a ‘potentially suitable’ site for deployment of a nuclear power station by 2025, well before development could conceivably begin. The decision on the site investigations is likely to be taken at a time when, owing to the coronavirus, normal meetings of the Maldon District Council with public involvement are not possible, so normal democratic processes do not apply. A decision on an issue so significant as this should not be confined to a Planning Director advised by three members of the Council. BANNG, therefore urges Maldon District Council to ensure the decision is suspended, at least until the Council can properly meet. The Council has received a massive number of public comments, 120 in total, of which 118 have objected and none supported the proposal. In its comments on the Planning Application, BANNG states that ‘it is premature to grant permission for ground investigations for a power station that is unlikely to be justified and on a site that may well not be designated’.
BANNG 5th May 2020 read more »