Bradwell B holds inaugural Community Forum
The first Bradwell B Community Forum took place on Tuesday (6th October) evening this week as part of the Project’s commitment to work alongside the local community in developing its proposals for a new nuclear power station.
Over the coming years, as the initial proposals are turned into detailed plans, the Community Forum will meet quarterly to enable representatives to hear updates about the project, to question the project team directly, and for the Bradwell B Project to hear feedback from the community.
The first Forum, which took place online, featured a presentation from experts who had analysed the response to the recent Stage One consultation. Members of the forum then put more than 40 questions to Bradwell B’s team covering everything from noise, transport, and protection of oysters, to jobs, park and ride, and the need for new nuclear.
Membership of the forum, which is by invitation only, includes representatives from local authorities, parish councils, community groups, business groups, regulatory bodies, and local interest groups.
Independently chairing the Forum was Sandra Fryer, a chartered town planner, who has spent much of her career leading regeneration and development projects. She commented: “With over 40 people in the meeting it took some careful planning and goodwill for it to work and I am delighted to say the meeting went very well.
“There were some constructive, challenging questions to the panel of experts. The questions ranged from the big picture nuclear question: do we really need it, through to what the legacy of the development will be for local people.”
Bradwell B’s Community Relations Manager, Stephen Bray said: “The Community Forum is an important way for us to hear from representatives of the community, whatever their views, and I hope we can develop constructive working relationships through it. I am looking forward to meeting up with some of the organisations outside of the forum and talking though their issues and ideas.”
You can find out more about the Community Forum by clicking here.