Plans to dismantle N-subs at yard explained in workshops – Saltash People 8th Dec 2011

Plans to dismantle N-subs at yard explained in workshops
THE public in Torpoint have been able to speak their minds and learn about controversial plans to cut up ageing nuclear submarines.
A public consultation event took place at Torpoint Town Hall concerning a nuclear dismantling project in Devonport.

The event continued yesterday with special workshops beginning at 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) asked local people their opinions as it considered where to dismantle decommissioned subs in the future.

The project could be based either at Devonport Dockyard or at Rosyth in Scotland.

At the weekend the MoD’s Submarine Dismantling team returned to the region to stage public exhibitions in Saltash.

Last month a similar five-day consultation event at the Guildhall attracted about 400 people and organisers said a real cross-section of people visited with a diverse range of views – mainly about the safety of the work.

Military chiefs earmark Devonport as the “more reasonable proposition” for the work in their consultation document.

The document states that the ‘proposed option’ is to undertake initial dismantling at both Devonport and Rosyth.

But it adds that the option to use Rosyth Dockyard only is the “least attractive” in terms of cost. An assessment of all three dismantling site options will be revisited in light of public consultation responses.

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