25 years ago this week: Thursday, January 29, 1987

LOCAL politicians and anti-nuclear groups have been quick to condemn the recommendations of a public inquiry which has brought the possibility of a nuclear power station being built at Druridge Bay, near Amble, closer.

On Monday afternoon Sir Frank Layfield announced the verdict of a public inquiry he chaired on whether or not a pressure water reactor (PWR) should be built at Sizewell on the Suffolk coast. He recommended that the reactor should be built and Energy Secretary Peter Walker will make his final decision on this within the next few weeks.

If Sizewell gets the green light it seems almost certain the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) will apply to build a similar station on land it owns at Druridge Bay.

First to condemn both the verdict on Sizewell and fears for Druridge, was local MP Sir Alan Beith who issued the following statement.

“If Sizewell gets the go-ahead it will mean we have learnt nothing from Chernobyl, and the CEGB will soon follow it up with a demand to build an identical station at Druridge Bay.”

Mr Beith continued: “Peter Walker should have the courage to reject the Layfield recommendations in light of the mounting public anxiety about the safety and cost of nuclear power.”

Mrs Sue Patience, of the Alnwick Branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, issued a rallying call for people to band together and fight the possibility of a power station at Druridge.

She said: “We are very disappointed at the outcome of the Sizewell inquiry, but hope it will help the Druridge Bay Campaign by making people aware that these things are still going ahead.”

Mrs Patience said all groups against either nuclear energy or weapons had to work together to help the cause.