Ministry of Defence

Copeland raises concerns over defence nuclear waste plans

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

A Copeland councillor has written to the Ministry of Defence to complain about a lack of public engagement over plans for disposing of the military's nuclear materials.

Sellafield will be expected to manage and treat materials from nuclear weapons and submarine reactors, but Conservative councillor David Moore, who is Copeland council's nuclear portfolio-holder, says he is frustrated by difficulties finding out what is going on.

Sellafield Ltd

It's believed MOD staff were meant to meet him twice in recent months, and each time they cancelled, and the council says Sellafield might not accept more material from defence sources unless the ministry starts talking to the public.

The MOD says it understands the concerns and plans to attend a meeting later this year.

Life after retirement for Royal Navy Sea King helicopters

Portland based HeliOperations has bought sixteen Sea King helicopters from MoD.
An aviation company on Portland has formally taken ownership of more than a dozen Sea King helicopters from the Ministry of Defence. A transfer ceremony was held at HeliOperations, attended by Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, the deputy Lieutenant for Dorset, and Admiral Sir Alan Massey, the former chief executive of the coastguard. The Search and Rescue training facility has purchased six aircraft initially with the remainder to follow in the near future. The package will include spares and support equipment in a total deal costing several million pounds. The Sea King aircraft was recently retired from full operational service with the Royal Navy.