The Scottish Government will this week face calls to hold a review into concerns over nuclear weapons “convoys” travelling through towns and cities in Scotland. The Greens have said the SNP government, which opposes nuclear weapons, is responsible for community safety and emergency planning and cannot dismiss the issue as being reserved to Westminster. MSPs are preparing to debate the issue at Holyrood on Wednesday, where Green MSP Mark Ruskell will call for a review. Up to eight times a year, a convoy of heavy trucks containing weapon materials and nuclear warheads travels between the Aldermaston and Burghfield atomic weapon plants in Berkshire to the Royal Navy base at Coulport on Loch Long where the UK’s nuclear weapons are stored. These trucks will often be carrying weapons materials for maintenance or replacement. But a Freedom of Information request by Green MSPs last year found that none of the relevant local authorities the trucks pass through has conducted risk assessments in relation to the convoys.
Scotsman 30th April 2018 read more »