NOVEMBER-2020 : Climate change – Will Bradwell B sink the UK’s nuclear energy programme?
Andy Blowers, chair of BANNG, considers this question in the November 2020 edition of Regional Life magazine.
Bradwell B – no solution to climate change…
OCTOBER-2020 : Is Bradwell B dead in the (Black)water?
Andy Blowers, chair of BANNG, considers this question in the October 2020 edition of Regional Life magazine.
Over recent months the Bradwell B issue has moved so fast it has been difficult to keep up. Having spent twelve years leading BANNG, chasing the shadowy prospect of a new nuclear power station at Bradwell, its sudden, almost unannounced emergence as a grotesque reality at the beginning of the year, days before lockdown, came as a sudden, almost violent, shock…
22-SEPTEMBER-2020 : What does the loss of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa mean for Bradwell B?
Press Release – News that the Japanese investor, Hitachi, has pulled the plug on the Wylfa new nuclear plant in North Wales has repercussions for the new nuclear projects on the East Coast, Sizewell C and Bradwell B, says Prof. Andy Blowers, Chair of the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG). The loss of Wylfa signals the huge expense of new nuclear development.
SEPTEMBER-2020 : Suddenly it’s becoming exciting as Bradwell B gets political
Andy Blowers, Chair of BANNG, asks if recent council decisions will prove a decisive turning point
Councils’ initial response
Bradwell B has been transformed from being, for most people, a subliminal, vague and distant idea to becoming a palpable, imminent, if still virtual reality. Suddenly the real possibility of a massive radioactive machine with its accompanying cooling towers, turbines and radioactive waste stores pumping pollution into the air and contaminating the relatively pristine waters of the Blackwater estuary, has alarmed local communities and rallied support for protest groups…
24-AUGUST-2020 : Maldon District Council deals another blow to Chinese hopes for Bradwell B
Maldon District Councillors, at a second time of asking, have pressed home their overwhelming rejection of Chinese developer CGN’s application for land investigations in connection with a proposed new nuclear power station at Bradwell.
Chair of the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG), Prof. Andy Blowers, commented: ‘Maldon has long been a supporter of new nuclear power at Bradwell and this refusal deals another blow to CGN’s hopes of building their own reactors in the UK at the site’.
21-AUGUST-2020 : Maldon District Council Planning Committee re-affirms refusal of BRB Planning Application.
The District Planning Committee of Maldon District Council has dealt a double blow to the plans of the developer of Bradwell B, BRB, to undertake further land investigations at its site.
As a result of legal advice received, the Committee had been asked to reconsider at a meeting on 13th August its previous refusal of BRB’s Planning Permission (on 9th July). However, this meeting broke up in some disarray and was rescheduled for 20th August.
BANNG column for Regional Life – August 2020
13-AUGUST-2020 : Delight at Colchester Borough Council’s decision to oppose Bradwell B
BANNG welcomes the overwhelming rejection of proposals for a new nuclear power station at Bradwell. A Special Meeting of the Council on 12 August voted unanimously for a policy motion put by Council Leader Mark Cory that ‘This Council objects to new nuclear at Bradwell due to the local environmental impacts and prefers a focus on renewable energy alternatives’.
BANNG column for Regional Life – August 2020
Andy Blowers asks if the hectic activity over the Bradwell nuclear project represents the dénouement or merely another stage in a long journey towards an unpredictable end game.
Since the beginning of this year, during the coronavirus emergency, the conflict over a new nuclear power station at Bradwell has come to a head. This is not the first culmination experienced.
04-JULY-2020 The coming of Bradwell B. What once seemed incredible is now the ‘new normal’
We live in strange times. Just as the coronavirus began its lethal spread, the plans for a new nuclear power station at Bradwell were launched. For the past four months communities facing an immediate peril in lockdown, have also had to face a project which could destroy their environment and affect their wellbeing in the not-too-distant future.
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