Majority would support nuclear power station
PEOPLE living in Kent would support the idea of a new nuclear power station at Dungeness, according to a survey conducted by Kent County Council.
The face-to-face poll of about 1,180 people revealed that 44 per cent would support a nuclear power station while 40 per cent would be against.
The survey was carried out during March and April and its results have been published after the Government revealed future policy could incorporate new plants.
KCC’s survey indicated residents living nearest to Dungeness would be more likely to support a power station than those in the rest of Kent, 47 per cent compared with 40 per cent.
The main reasons people gave for being likely to support the power station were that it was not polluting and was safe technology. Those opposed said it would be a potential danger and polluter.
The survey also asked residents what they thought of the wind farm proposal for Romney Marsh and 67 per cent said they supported it. However, those residents living closest were less supportive, 61 per cent compared with 74 per cent countywide.
KCC cabinet member for environment Cllr Keith Ferrin stressed the authority had not formed its own view.
He said: “The residents’ responses are surprising in some ways, especially the response to wind power from residents of Romney Marsh. The results will be fully analysed and they will be a useful contribution to the debate as we consider future energy provision.”