Romney Marsh nuclear dump plan slammed by campaigners
BUILDING a £12 billion nuclear waste "dumping ground" the size of the Channel Tunnel site on Romney Marsh would far overshadow the controversy over Lydd Airport, a disgusted campaigner has warned.
In a dramatic turn of events, the Marsh – dubbed the "jewel in the crown" of Shepway by some – could host the UK's first national underground disposal facility.
High-level radioactive material would be transported into the area from across the country by rail and buried up to 3,300 feet deep – six times the height of the Blackpool Tower.
Shepway District Council is starting a public consultation into the nuclear research and disposal facility this week after sending letters to every resident and business on the Marsh.
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While the facility could create 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction, furious residents have already torn into the plans.
Littlestone resident Louise Barton, a leading campaigner against Lydd Airport's expansion, said it could hit the airport's development proposals because it could have an extra nuclear facility on its doorstep.
But in an exclusive interview with the Herald, she mauled the plans, saying: "If councillors vote for this they won't be able to walk down the street without bodyguards."
Marsh MP Damian Collins added: "We'd be selling ourselves short if we went for this."
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