Doing what the Labour-run Penarth Town Council had wimped-out of doing – Barry Town Council last night voted to put pressure on the Welsh Labour Government over the controversial dumping off Penarth of ‘nuclear mud’ from the Hinkley Point nuclear power complex in Somerset.
Barry Town Council last night voted unanimously to call on the Welsh Labour Government to conduct further testing of dredged mud from the coastline adjacent to the Hinkley Point nuclear power complex.
Barry Town Council’s vote is in stark contrast to the pusillanimous Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council. On Wednesday night Penarth Town Council had abruptly pulled the plug on a debate – and a vote – which IT was due hold on the mud-dumping off Penarth.
The Penarth Town Council debate – due to have taken place this week – had been set up back in September by the Deputy Mayor of Penarth Cllr Angela Thomas (Labour Plymouth Ward)
On Twitter two weeks ago Cllr Thomas had gone as far as to publicly appeal to Jane Hutt (Labour AM for the Vale of Glamorgan) and Julie Morgan (Labour AM for Cardiff North) to support her . …In the event neither of these socialist stalwarts did so.
Then its understood elements in the Labour Party – for fear of embarrassing the Welsh Labour Government – persuaded Cllr Thomas to “hold back” the debate, pending a vote in the Welsh Assembly on October 10th.
One source says it’s possible that pulling the strings behind the scenes was Penarth Town Council Leader Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell) and its éminence grise – Deputy Leader Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) .Cllr Angela Thomas has now gone on to Twitter again – this time to defend her decision to “reserve” the motion on which she had called for a debate just a fortnight earlier.
However – as the Penarth Council is not due to meet again until December 5th – and the mud dumping will be continuing day-after-day throughout that time – deferring the debate is totally pointless and renders a huge disservice to the people of Penarth who elected these councillors to represent them . It means that AMs – voting on October 10th – will not have received any input from Penarth Town Council.
The original mud-dumping licence was granted by Lesley Griffiths the Welsh Labour Government’s “Environmental” minister .
Last night Barry Town Council also demanded that Natural Resources Wales should immediately suspend the marine licence which allows the French energy company EDF to dump mud extracted from the shore of Hinkley Point in Somerset, in Welsh waters
Barry Council is also demanding that Natural Resources Wales should carry out a full Environmental Impact Assessment of the dumping ground called Cardiff Grounds just over a mile from Penarth.
Meanwhile a “people’s fleet” is being organised to set up a marine blockade to try to keep the mud ships out of Penarth’s waters