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Origins and History of NAG

NAG emerged as a result of widespread concerns within local communities about the safety and impact of operations at the Atomic Weapons Establishments at Aldermaston and Burghfield. In March 1993, following the publication of the Greenpeace report ‘Inside the Citadel’ which exposed a catalogue of accidents and errors at Aldermaston, Reading Borough Council decided to organise a two-day community inquiry at Reading Civic Centre into the local impacts of AWE.

NAG ANNUAL REPORT 2006/7

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 The good news is that the plan to build 237 homes at Paices Hill have been withdrawn, and Kennet Valley Park, a proposed 7,500 home – and amenity estate just outside the evacuation zone for AWE Burghfield, is being re-thought.

Newletter Winter 2006

If you usually debate an issue first, and make recommendations to be voted on afterwards, this is not the way the contentious issue of replacing Trident is being handled. It has been obvious to anyone observing what is happening on the ground and at the West Berkshire Council’s Planning Committee meetings, that AWE have not been preparing for a possibility that the decision might be to stop manufacturing new warheads.

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