This has been a challenging year.
We drew the attention of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee to the effects a replacement Trident programme could have on the health and safety of the local population, but to no avail. We have been watching the preparatory build-up at AWE Aldermaston for some time.
We continue to monitor AWE Planning applications, mostly having to draw attention to the gaps in the accompanying Environmental Impact Assessments, which treat soil and groundwater contamination as something that can be worried about as the foundation earthwork progresses. We also raised traffic-related concerns over the new office accommodation proposals. The good news is that the plan to build 237 homes at Paices Hill have been withdrawn, and Kennet Valley Park, a proposed 7,500 home – and amenity estate just outside the evacuation zone for AWE Burghfield, is being re-thought.