25 years ago this week: Thursday, March 19, 1987

THE Prime Minister, Mrs Thatcher is being urged to say no to the building of a nuclear power station at Druridge Bay, near Amble, by various opposition individuals and groups.

A pressurised water reactor (PWR) station is on the cards for Druridge after last week’s decision by the Government to allow the building of a similar station at Sizewell in Hampshire.

Speaking at a public meeting in the Amble Labour Hall on Saturday afternoon, Mr Stephen Lambert, the Labour Party candidate for the Berwick-upon-Tweed seat at the next election, spoke out against the possibility of a PWR being built at Druridge.

Regretting the Sizewell decision, Mr Lambert argued there was still more time for Mrs Thatcher to say no to the building of a PWR at Druridge.

“It’s too expensive, will take too long to build and after Chernobyl no one can be absolutely sure of its safety,” he said.

“We don’t need it, Northumberland is a region of coal,” added Mr Lambert, who also said: “Tried and tested coal-fired stations can be built more quickly, will be cheaper to run and are safe.”

He stressed that when the Labour Party took power, then the contract for Druridge would be cancelled.

And the current MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Liberal Party deputy leader Alan Beith challenged the Energy Minister, Peter Walker on the lack of investment in coal-fired power stations.

Mr Beith said: “I’m quite convinced that the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) has deliberately delayed ordering coal-fired power stations because of its determination to press ahead with Sizewell.”

The claims were denied by Mr Walker who said the CEGB had not delayed any decision about power stations.