The leader of East Lindsey District Council says the first contact he had with the Government Agency behind a potential nuclear waste dump in Theddlethorpe was completely by chance. Radioactive Waste Management told Lincolnshire Live that it initially discussed the idea of re-using the former gas terminal as a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) with ELDC in mid-2019. However, council leader Craig Leyland told us that this was a “random chance encounter” at a conference. He said: “Yes, I attended the Local Government Association conference and visited the RWM stall in the exhibitors’ area. “This was not an arranged meeting. I viewed their stand as an attendee of the conference during a break. “It was a random chance encounter. It was of interest because of the mapping on display showing the Lincolnshire coast.
Lincolnshire Live 30th July 2021 read more »
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, is the county’s most populous area, with more people living in the borough than anywhere else, but it’s a different story when you go to one of its most easterly points. Once you pass Shoeburyness, the area becomes almost entirely uninhabited. A series of islands, including Foulness Island and Wallasea Island, are situated here. They’re mostly marshy, boggy areas, but a few people still leave there. A number of these islands are or have been owned by the government’s Ministry of Defence, who use this area for a variety of purposes, including as a shooting range. One of these islands is Potton Island. This island is mostly uninhabited, separated from the mainland by a thin creek only navigable via a small bridge which leads to the village of Great Wakering. In the 1800s, it was used as farmland until a major flood left the island abandoned. It was restored in the 1940s, and fell under the control of the Ministry of Defence in the 1950s before being turned back into a space for pasture and farmland. Documents released in 2005, after decades of secrecy, outlined areas the British government had earmarked for dumping nuclear waste in the 1980s and 1990s. Whilst any dumping would have been done in managed and safe ways, it’s still concerning to know that areas across Britain were being earmarked as graves for radioactive waste. Waste could have potentially been buried on Potton Island, and pedestrian access onto it possibly restricted completely. Southend Borough Council reportedly had no idea that Potton Island was on the government’s list of potential dumping locations, and were shocked when they found out it was on the shortlist.
Essex Live 31st July 2021 read more »