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Rethink urged over Dungeness nuclear plant

Dungeness power station
A new power station could secure jobs for a further 50 years

Politicians in Kent are urging the government to reconsider its shortlist of sites for 10 nuclear power stations.

Dungeness had been ruled out by ministers but Shepway District Council says the information used to make the decision was flawed.

Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard says the area needs the plant because it will secure badly needed jobs.

The council says a new power station would employ 400 staff and support dozens more workers.

Environmental grounds

According to a council report, the current plant, due to close in 2018, injects £30m to £50m into the local economy each year.

If the plan was approved, the new plant would be built by 2025.

Council leader Robert Bliss said: "It's another 50 years of employment and it is a major employer down there.


Shepway and I certainly haven't given up the fight.

Michael Howard, MP

"All the population are used to having a power station down there and it's a very welcome feature."

When asked about the decision to exclude Dungeness, Mr Howard said: "They've exaggerated the amount of land that would be necessary to construct a new power station at Dungeness.

"We are holding a public meeting in a couple of weeks' time. Shepway and I certainly haven't given up the fight."

The government's Draft National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation was published in November.

Dungeness was rejected as an option for a new nuclear power station primarily on environmental grounds.

It is in an area prone to flooding and the shingle beach which protects the current site from the sea often needs to be replenished.

A council report said it was premature to to say environmental objections about site could not be addressed.



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