A quarter of a century since ministers assured the people of Fife and beyond that the port would not become a “graveyard” for these Cold War relics, there they remain as they await dismantling and disposal. The UK embarked on retiring its fleet of 20 nuclear submarines in 1980 and the bill for keeping them in storage at Rosyth and Devenport now amounts to £30 million a year. We were told a couple of years back that the Ministry of Defence was likely to run out of storage space by the mid-2020s so a crisis point must surely be looming. That eye watering sum could be much better spent elsewhere but it would also bring huge value to this part of the world if our skilled workers were able to look forward to a steady stream of work on dismantling these subs. It’s a complex process and finding a safe way to remove any hazardous waste from our shores must be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. But that should only serve to inject some urgency into the issue — a substance that has been badly lacking in the last few decades.
Dundee Courier 10th Feb 2020 read more »