Beauty spot missing from nuclear sites list

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save a Northumberland beauty spot from nuclear development have welcomed news that it is not on a list of potential power station sites.

Fears were first raised in 1979 that a nuclear power station could be built at picturesque Druridge Bay, prompting massive protests from the public and a 40,000 name petition against the proposal.

The issue has come to the fore several times since as governments have explored potential sites for a new generation of UK nuclear plants to help meet energy demands.

But in 2008, Druridge Bay appeared to have been ruled out when ministers said new power stations would be built near to existing nuclear sites.

Last week a list of eight sites deemed suitable for development was confirmed by the Government, all of which are adjacent to existing nuclear power stations, with the nearest to this area being Hartlepool and Sellafield in Cumbria.

Druridge Bay campaigner Bridget Gubbins said: “We have to be really happy that we are not one of those sites.

“We knew that we probably weren’t going to be because the Government has stated before that it was intending to keep development to sites where there are already nuclear power stations, but it never means never and it is still a good idea to keep alert and keep aware of what is going on.”

The nuclear proposals are part of a series of national policy statements on energy that will be debated in Parliament.