Agenda and minutes

Venue: Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. CA28 7SJ

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

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SN 19/1

Apologies for Absence


No apologies for absence were received.

SN 19/2

Declarations of Interest


There were no Declarations of Interests made at this meeting.

SN 19/3

Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 February 2019 pdf icon PDF 84 KB


RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 6 February 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.


SN 19/4

Nuclear Team Overview pdf icon PDF 346 KB


The Nuclear Sector Development Manager introduced a report, which outlined the role, scope and membership of the Nuclear Team, to inform all Members including new Members of the Board following recent local elections.


The report provided Members with an analysis of current work-streams and an indication of priority issues that would need to be considered by the Board over coming months. Following discussion around the detailed elements of the work-streams it was:


RESOLVED:- that Members note the information presented in the report and familiarise themselves with the issues covered on recent SNEB agendas.


Cllrs Banks and Pollen requested paper copies of a number of the references cited in the paper.


SN 19/5

Nuclear Position Statements pdf icon PDF 80 KB


The Board considered a report that provided the background on the role and purpose of the Council’s Nuclear Position Statements and the need for the Statements to be updated in light of a range of international, national and local policy drivers, as described within the paper. Following a number of comments it was:


RESOLVED:- that Members of the Board provide comments on the draft position statements to be circulated in advance of the next meeting of the Board, for endorsement at that meeting and for subsequent consideration by Executive.


SN 19/6

Nuclear Prospectus pdf icon PDF 1 MB


The Board received a report setting out the background and purpose behind a proposal to prepare a new Economic Vision and a Nuclear Prospectus document for Copeland, which will highlight the value of West Cumbria’s nuclear capability, skills and assets in delivery of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and Nuclear Sector Deal. Members sought clarification on a number of issues including the target audience for the prospectus and links to the Industrial Strategy.


RESOLVED:- that Members of the Board note the proposal contained within the paper.


SN 19/7

Nuclear Projects


The Interim Nuclear Projects Manager updated the Board on Nuclear projects principally the  Moorside Project, the North West Coast Connections Project and the Government’s search for a willing community and suitable site for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). It was noted that a new Energy White paper is expected from Government in the summer which may set out the context for the role of new nuclear in the future energy generation strategy for the UK and similarly a consultation is awaited on a new National Policy Statement (NPS) for large scale nuclear power stations to replace the current NPS which covers the period to 2025. In relation to GDF it was noted that following the launch of the Government’s ‘Working with Communities’ policy in December the Council had embarked on a programme of Member briefings with the ultimate aim of developing a Council position over the coming months. The programme was put on hold during the period of local elections but would now be re-started with the next session identified for 17th July.


RESOLVED :- that the update be received.


SN 19/8

Exempt Information

The Chair to move:

That under Section 100 (a) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item on the grounds that, if they were present, there could be disclosed to them exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Schedule 12A of the Act.



The Deputy Chair moved and it was duly seconded and


RESOLVED - That the press and public be excluded for the next item of business in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 4 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 as amended.



SN 19/9

Planning Update


The Principal Planning Officer provided the Board with an update of developments on the Sellafield site.


RESOLVED:- That the Update be noted.


SN 19/10

Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board will be held on Tuesday 6 August 2019 at 2:00pm in the Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7SJ.


The next meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board will be held on a date to be confirmed.


The Meeting closed at4.15 pm




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