Background
Background

Agenda and minutes

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

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

Items
No. Item

SN 19/31

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Felicity Wilson, who joined the meeting via telephone conference.

 

 

SN 19/32

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Dave Banks, Gemma Dinsdale, Steven Morgan, Sam Pollen and Felicity Wilson declared a personal interest in the agenda items due to either being employed or having been employed in the nuclear industry.

 

 

SN 19/33

Minutes of the Meeting held on 17 December 2019 pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 17 December 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

 

SN 19/34

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Consultation on the Draft Business Plan 2020-2023. pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Minutes:

The Nuclear Sector Development Officer introduced this item to the Board.

It was stated that the NDA was required under the Energy Act 2004 to prepare annual plans for each financial year, outlining the work being carried out towards decommissioning of its sites and allocated funding.

 

It was also stated that although the public consultation period closed on 14 February 2020, Copeland Borough Council had been granted an extension until 21 February 2020.

 

During the discussion that followed, members expressed their disappointment at the lack of detail contained within the consultation document.  

 

RESOLVED:- that

a)      The proposed consultation response be reviewed and final comments be incorporated, and

b)      Delegated authority to approve the final submission of the consultation response be granted to the Chair of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board in cooperation with the Portfolio Holder for Nuclear and Corporate Services and the Chief Executive Officer.

SN 19/35

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority draft Local Economic and Social Impact Strategy 2020 to 2026 consultation pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Nuclear Sector Development Manager introduced this item to the Board.

It was stated that the NDA was required under the Energy Act 2004 to support activities that deliver social, economic or environmental benefit to communities living near designated sites; and to ensure the development and maintenance of a skilled workforce to undertake nuclear decommissioning in the UK.

 

It was stated that the consultation period would close on 13 March 2020.

 

During the discussion that followed, members expressed their disappointment at the consultation document and stated that it contained things already known and was not a strategy.

 

Concern was expressed regarding funding streams, who would be responsible for them, the criteria for obtaining funding and the process.

Councillor Banks stated he would like to see Sellafield Ltd taking over more buildings around the borough, as they planned to in Millom

 

Note: At this point Councillor Banks declared a non-pecuniary interest due to being a Director of Phoenix Enterprise Centre, Cleator Moor.

 

The Board further discussed transport, West Cumberland Hospital and the local supply chain.    

 

RESOLVED:- that

a)      The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority draft Local Economic and Social Impact Strategy 2020 to 2026 consultation report be noted, and

b)      Delegated authority to develop and submit a response to the consultation on behalf of Copeland Borough Council be granted to the Chair of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board in cooperation with the Portfolio Holder for Nuclear and Corporate Services and the Chief Executive Officer.

 

SN 19/36

Nuclear Projects

Minutes:

The Interim Nuclear Projects Manager provided the Board with an update on Nuclear Projects. This included an update on the UK Small Modular Reactors.

 

RESOLVED:- that the updated be noted.

SN 19/37

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.  

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the press and public be excluded for the remaining items of business in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

SN 19/38

Planning Update

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer provided the Board with an update of developments at Sellafield Limited.

 

RESOLVED:- That the Update be noted.

 

SN 19/39

Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board will be held on Tuesday 28 April 2020 at 2:00pm in the Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board will be held on Tuesday 28 April 2020 at 2:00pm, in the Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Whitehaven.

 

 

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