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Criticism of Anglesey council fact-finding trip to Japan as nuclear plans go on

Anglesey council fact-finding trip to Japan ahead of nuclear plans for island called into question, North Wales Chronicle By Gareth Wyn Williams , 4th OctoberLocal democracy reporter A TRIP to Japan by a delegation from Anglesey council ahead of a planned nuclear plant on the island has been called into question by opposition councillors.

On Saturday, economic development portfolio holder Carwyn Jones and head of regulation and economic development Dylan Williams will form part of a Welsh delegation heading to Japan.

The council says the five-day visit will serve as a key opportunity to improve knowledge, understanding and strengthen working relationships with Horizon Nuclear Power, the developer and operator of Anglesey’s proposed Wylfa Newydd development, and its owners Hitachi.

But, at a time when the authority is facing cuts of £9.34m over the next three years, the leader of the opposition has called into question the wisdom of spending taxpayers’ money on such a venture.

According to the authority, who have not revealed the cost of the trip, it will mostly come out of the Economic Development service budget, while flights were booked at the cheapest available rates (economy class), with Horizon covering the accommodation costs.

Cllr Bryan Owen, who leads the Anibynnwyr Mon opposition group, said: “I question the wisom of organising a trip like this when all ratepayers are seeing is schools being closed and services being cut due to austerity.

“It’s also been kept quite secretive. We as members were only made aware of this yesterday………

The delegation, which includes Welsh Government representatives, was invited by Horizon Nuclear Power and Hitachi.

The itinerary will include tours of key nuclear manufacturing facilities, as well as a visit to an Advanced Boiling Water Reactor site to see the same kind of technology that will be constructed at Wylfa Newydd……..

October 15, 2018 - Posted by | politics, UK

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