Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 13 August 2018
From Medrwn Mon

Representation

Medrwn Môn welcome the opportunity to provide representation to the Planning Inspectorate. Overall, we understand that communities across Anglesey are generally supportive of Wylfa Newydd but, as outlined in all our PAC responses, many concerns and worries regarding the impacts on people and communities remain unresolved within the detail of the documentation.
As with all PAC responses, Medrwn Môn’s response to the Planning Inspectorate will be a general overview, as providing a detailed response is difficult due to limited resources that are available within the organisation to respond in a detailed way to a vitally important consultation as well as not having the capacity as an organisation to engage fully with the voluntary sector regarding Wylfa Newydd. Medrwn Môn acknowledge the financial support given to undertake the Community Involvement Officers project, in partnership with Horizon and Isle of Anglesey County Council, but it is both disappointing and disheartening to note that this important piece of work, designed and delivered in partnership with Horizon, to engage with Anglesey’s residents has not been cited as evidence or (as far as Medrwn Môn is aware) used as evidence to make decisions about developments and changes.
Within the consultation, Horizon identified ranges of between 4-7 potential effects on local communities. Potential effects or impacts on local communities cannot, and must not, be considered in isolation and should be looked at using a holistic approach in order to be able to, firstly, understand the issues and secondly, determine the most appropriate solution. Many observations from communities regarded as solutions to potential effects are made within the CIO Report.
Although additional information and solutions have been provided during the PACs, concerns and worries remain unresolved – including community cohesion during the construction phase, as well as safeguarding issues such as illegal markets and public health issues.
Concern also remains regarding the lack of engagement opportunities with voluntary sector organisations and the voluntary/third sector, as a whole. With the prospect of a new Power Station and its Associated Developments being built on Anglesey, it is imperative that the voice of the voluntary/third sector is heard and their opinions considered regarding the far reaching and profound effects of this major development on the island and the possible implications to voluntary/third sector services and support. As the work that the CIOs have undertaken to engage with people in our communities, Medrwn Môn would welcome opportunities and resources to engage with the wider voluntary/third sector to respond collectively and cohesively to Wylfa Newydd Applications. The benefit of the voluntary/third sector playing a full role in the Application process is to identify issues that could impact voluntary organisations, community groups and the wider voluntary/third sector that arise from the proposed plans; identify potential mitigations and solutions for contributions from the developers that will contribute towards mitigating impacts on the wellbeing of our current population as well as future generations.