Thanks to Peter for this:
* Join the demonstration - West Berkshire Council Offices, Newbury. Wednesday 4th March from 5.30 pm.
* Signature collecting in Reading, Saturday 28th February, noon.
We've just heard that the number of letters submitted to West Berkshire Council objecting to development of the new nuclear warhead factory at AWE Burghfield is a record! As well as that, the local media are taking a strong interest in our campaign - check out the following stories:
A planning application for a new nuclear warhead facility creates public outcry
Safety concerns over nuclear plan
The planning application will be heard by West Berkshire Council's Eastern Area Planning Committee next Wednesday (4th March), and we need a big turnout at the meeting to show committee members the strength of feeling against the development. Pro-AWE West Berkshire Council have decided to ignore a request from Reading Borough Council to postpone the meeting until Reading Borough have had the chance to submit their detailed comments - an indication of how desperate they are to rush the
application through without delay. Not surprisingly, the recommendation to the committee is to give permission for the development to go ahead.
Please join us at the West Berkshire Council Offices in Market Road, Newbury, from 5.30 pm next Wednesday (4th March) to demonstrate against the new warhead factory and to attend the planning committee meeting. (As West Berkshire will be making their decision on the application on 4th March there will be no point in attending the Reading Borough council planning meeting on the same evening). Bring banners, flags, and fancy dress to mark the occasion.
Iravel from Reading: 17.04 train to Newbury. Meet near the destination screens at 16.45. The Council Offices are a two minutes walk from Newbury station across the car park. If you can't catch the 17.04 train you are welcome to come down later in the evening - the committee meeting is expected to last until around 19.30.
We need one last push to collect more signed letters of objection to bring the number of objections over the magic 1000 mark! We will be collecting signature this Saturday (28th February) in Reading town centre - meet at 12.00 noon in the upstairs foyer at RISC. If you haven't already logged your own objection you can do so on the West Berkshire planning applications website: click the 'submit comments'
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has helped with the campaign to date or signed a letter of objection: your effort has really made a difference.