This pilot study, led by the universities of Manchester and Lancaster will explore issues of community wellbeing and vulnerability as nuclear facilities move from operational to decommissioning status. Trawsfynydd in North Wales is the site of a nuclear power plant which brought employment and affluence to the area. The plant ceased operations in 1991, resulting in a reduction in the required workforce, and began a lengthy decommissioning process. At the same time, discussions regarding the location site’s suitability for the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) suggest that the site is facing an uncertain future. The lack of clarity surrounding the future of the site creates economic and social uncertainty for the Trawsfynydd community, with implications for individuals and their families, and the social and economic health and sustainability of the community in general. This study will examine the experiences and wellbeing of members of the community, seeking to understand how community members experience being part of the community, and what they see as its challenges and opportunities.
Dalton Nuclear Institute 29th Jan 2019 read more »