BEACH RADIATION - REPORT BY GORDON BROWN MARCH 2014
From Gordon Brown MP
Dalgety Bay and Hillend Community Council Report
I can report that I have finally received a promise from the Ministry of Defence regarding a timetable for the clean-up of the beach area.
In the letter I have received they say that the long-delayed final plan for the clean-up of the radiation-hit Dalgety Bay beach will now be ready by the end of June.
The letter sets out the first detailed timetable for repairing the beach and has been sent as a result of my comprehensive questions on your behalf to the Ministry of Defence.
The Community Council and I have repeatedly asked for a deadline for repairing the beach and a commitment to the funding of the clean-up by the Ministry of Defence, which has been named as the polluter.
Under the new statement of intent I have received the Ministry of Defence will now develop a more detailed risk assessment which will define the most appropriate clean-up option.
This will include, they promise, meeting all health protection and remediation criteria. The new assessment will also take into account the views expressed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Public Health England when they met last month.
A public consultation will also take place in June 2014. At that point the Ministry promises to outline to the whole community the proposals for the funding of the management solution and seek to agree an appropriate management model for overseeing any remediation and the subsequent transition to normal management arrangements of the beach
The minister has now accepted that Public Health England will advise them on the level ot protections from radioactive materials that is necessary and must be put in place to achieve long-term public safety.
It is not yet clear where the balance between removal of particles and engineering work to cover them up will fall. This will probably become clear when they identify more precisely the affected areas.
But it is clear to me now that a status quo option of merely fencing in the area or putting up warning signs is unacceptable.
I have said that we have waited too long for this timetable but now that we have it, it must be strictly adhered to. We have made progress through the constant vigilance of Colin McPhail and the Community Council whom I applaud for their determination and consistent advocacy of the case for action.
With the detailed plan now to be published in June we want work to start immediately afterwards and we will need an agreement from the polluter, the Ministry of Defence, to fund all the works.
Gordon Brown MP
SPORTS CENTRE CONSULTATION - REJECTION RECOMMENDED
The public consultation exercise regarding the proposal to develop a Gymnastics Training Centre at Dalgety Bay Sports Centre has been completed, and the Community Council's recommendation not to support the proposal was accepted unanimously at the CC meeting of 10 March. Of 127 responses received from the public, 19% were in favour of the proposal but 81% were against. The CC's recommendation reads as follows:
"The CC accepts the outcome of the public consultation which is against the Trust's proposals to develop a Gymnastics Training Centre at Dalgety Bay Sports Centre but supports the Trust and the Acrobay Gymnastics Club to seek external funding to develop a new facility in the area and within the CC's scope to identify an alternative venue on the Industrial Estate or one that might be obtained from planning gain. With reference to the approved budget item in Appendix 3 (p50) of FC, the £100,000 being made available should be used for this purpose."
ATTEMPTED SCAM REPORTED - BEWARE!
A local resident has reported an attempted scam by someone posing as an NHS representative. The person spent a considerable time at the house discussing ailments before finally trying to sell the resident a mattress or new bed or chair at a cost of around £4000. Be aware of this scam, and if it happens to you ask the person to leave and report them to the police.
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