Debate on Scrapping of N-Subs -Plymouth Herald Monday, January 23, 2012

Debate on Scrapping of N-Subs

CAMPAIGNERS are holding a meeting to give people a last chance to have their say on the dismantling of nuclear submarines.

Groups including the Campaign Against Nuclear Storage and Radiation and the Green Party want people to speak out on the Ministry of Defence’s plans on Wednesday.

The MoD has held an extensive consultation over the last two months on how the Navy should dispose of an ageing fleet of nuclear submarines. The plans are to store intermediate waste in Devonport or Scotland and the deadline for submitting a response is February 17.

Organisers of the meeting in the city centre are calling the issue ‘the most important decision affecting the people of Plymouth in five generations’.

Ian Avent, of CANSAR, said Plymouth could effectively become a ‘nuclear scrapyard’.

He added: “What impact will this have on a city with aspirations as a world city of tourism?”

The groups, also including the Nuclear Submarine Forum and Transition Plymouth, want waste dispersed at several sites, including Scotland.

The meeting is being held at 171 Armada Way, opposite the Armada Centre, from 7pm on Wednesday. Help will be given with consultation forms.  article