Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Consultation on proposals for use of AWE sites for nuclear submarine dismantling project

The Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield are two of the sites being considered for the Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP). This project is to dismantle de-commissioned nuclear submarines. This may be for the long-term storage of the intermediate radioactive waste comprising the  components from reactors dismantled elsewhere. It may also include the dismantling itself. The waste would have to be stored until at least the 2040s.

There are currently 19 disused British nuclear submarines awaiting dismantling. 

More information on the SDP can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/sites-for-submarine-dismantling-consultations-confirmed.

Consultations events are being held in our area as follows:

Dates scheduled for public events near Aldermaston are:
  • Monday 17th November 2014                                    AWE Sports and Social Club
  • Saturday 22nd November                                           Community Centre Tadley
  • Friday 23rd January                                                    Community Centre Tadley

Dates scheduled for public events near Burghfield are:
  • Tuesday 18th November                                             Common Village Hall
  • Thursday 20th November                                            Community Sports Association
  • Thursday 22nd January                                               Community Sports Association

The Community Sports Association is what was previously known as the Civil Service Association and is near AWE Burghfield.

There are also a series of workshops where you can discuss the proposals. You will need to book a place using this booking form if you want to attend a workshop. You don't need to register for the exhibitions.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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