Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 13 August 2018
From North Wales Police


I write to formally register North Wales Police (NWP) as an interested party in the Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station Development Consent Order (DCO) and provide below our Relevant Representation.

NWP covers the whole of North Wales, including the counties of Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham and as such has responsibility for the provision of policing for the development, including its associated works and its impacts.

Based on all the information seen to date, NWP submit that the development will have a significant impact on the organisation and the public it serves, which at present in the application is not adequately mitigated. These impacts relate to services provided across the force including Roads Policing, Local Policing, Protecting Vulnerable People, and Forensic Services etc. Overall the proposals need to ensure that NWP will be properly resourced to ensure that policing is fully effective in the area and can cover all eventualities without detriment to the current level of policing afforded to existing communities.

We have also identified a number of factual inaccuracies in the submitted application documents in relation to the force and current levels of provision.

The key issues that we foresee and are a direct result of the development are:

Workforce and Transport – A significant increase in population (six times the population of the nearest town Cemaes) and road traffic, particularly during construction, will require an appropriate increase in our resources and infrastructure in order to maintain a safer North Wales for all. Additionally, ongoing management of both these elements are critical and NWP needs to be involved in the drafting and agreement of these requirements in the DCO, accompanying plans and obligations in order to minimise the effects on service provision.

The application does not contain sufficient information to validate the traffic assessment and we have questions in regard to the baseline data used.

MOLF – The application contains very little detail about the classification and working practices including security in relation to the MOLF. This infrastructure is critical to the delivery of the construction programme but NWP has been unable to determine the potential impact due to the lack of information. There is also a lack of detail around contingencies should the construction of MOLF be delayed or closed during its operation (potentially as a result of water-based protest) - both of which could have a significant impact on demand for police services.

Protest – The experience from other nationally significant developments has shown that should protest/s occur and become protracted the resulting impact on the local police force can be extremely detrimental both in terms of resourcing and finance. This risk is from both land and sea. This is a potential impact of the development that needs to be assessed and adequately mitigated.

Monitoring and Reporting – Agreement on the definition of the figures and terms included in the monitoring and reporting is critical to understanding the impact from the development and applying appropriate mitigation*.

Intangible Impacts - NWP is undertaking an assessment of the potential impacts of the development but expect there will be intangible impacts that will become clearer as the construction gets under way. These will need to be factored in with an appropriate mechanism and funding put in place to cater for them.

We reserve the right to add to the matters raised herein as the Examination proceeds. Further, detailed comments will be provided through the submission of Written Representations to the Examination.

*For example the definition of the term ‘worker’.