26-MAY-2020 : Bradwell B – is it the end of the road for the ‘golden relationship’ with China?
The ‘golden era’ in relations between Britain and China which gave birth to the prospect of a Chinese nuclear power station on the Blackwater appears to be foundering less than five years after its triumphant proclamation at the State Visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping, in October 2015.
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19-MAY-2020 : Stop Bradwell B Consultation NOW!
The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) has repeated its call for the public consultation on plans for a new nuclear power station at Bradwell to be halted and rerun at a time when the coronavirus crisis is over. ‘We are amazed that the developer, CGN, is urging people to focus attention on the risks to environment and health from a possible future nuclear power station at Bradwell while families are trying to cope with the immediate threat to life and wellbeing from infection. It is impossible to participate fully in a consultation in conditions of social distancing,’ said Andy Blowers, Chair of BANNG.
05-MAY-2020 : Maldon District Council must hold off granting Bradwell B site investigations
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.
13-APR-2020 : Continuing with Bradwell B public consultation is not in the public interest
In the past weeks BANNG has been writing to the Chinese developer of Bradwell B pressing it to cancel its pre-application public consultation on its proposals for a new nuclear power station and long-term, highly radioactive waste stores at Bradwell and, if necessary, rerun it when the country is in a more normal situation.
‘By persisting in carrying on with this consultation, the developer assumes the public will be willing to engage at a time when they are distracted and distressed and fully focused on survival during the present coronavirus crisis. Come hell or high water it seems the Chinese company is intent on pressing ahead regardless’, said Andy Blowers, Chair of BANNG.
02-APR-2020 : COVID-19 (Coronavirus) stops Bradwell B in its tracks – or does it?
In the April 2020 edition of Regional Life Prof. Andy Blowers ponders this question as EDF/CGN/BRB continue to press on with the Stage One Consultation regardless of the worldwide issues of public health and personal economics surrounding the pandemic.
27-MAR-2020 : Bradwell B extends time period to respond to public consultation to 01-JUL-2020
In a somewhat derisory move EDF/CGN have moved the closing date for the Stage One Consultation to 1st July this year. This appears to be a token gesture to appease the reasonable requests to abandon the current plan during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and re-start it once it would be safe to stage public events again.
The current ‘offer’ is to interact online, or via telephone, and BRB have launched a new virtual exhibition which replicates the boards one could view if you made it to the handful of events that actually took place. This simply is not sufficient to be considered as true engagement as many communities have yet to be fully consulted. BANNG encourages our supporters to keep pressing this point home as we continue to do so.
Meanwhile thanks to all those who responded to the recent planning application BRB submitted to Maldon District Council regarding further investigative work to BRB wish to carry out on the site. We will publish a selection of your submissions shortly.
19-MAR-2020 : Calls for Bradwell B new nuclear power station public consultation to be halted
In the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, Bradwell B has cancelled two-thirds of the exhibitions it had planned as part of its public consultation on its proposals for a new nuclear power station. But, the company is still calling for feedback on its plans to be given at any time up to 27th May 2002.
The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) has protested that the partial consultation will be only partially informed and consequently feedback will be unrepresentative of the views of the whole of the Blackwater communities. Prof. Andy Blowers, Chair of BANNG has written to the Chinese company developing the proposals urging that the consultation be terminated altogether.
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