Ma­jor­ity would sup­port nu­clear power sta­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

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.”

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