Newsletter, November 2006
Contents this month
Sizewell A nuclear power station has generated electricity on Suffolk’s
coast for 40 years. It is now owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning
Authority (NDA) who will take it out of service on 31 December 2006.
The Sizewell A + B Stakeholder Group (SSG) are inviting people to
have their say on what the land at Sizewell A should be used for
once the power station has gone.
Integrated methods of consultation are being used in this process
including the use of a paper-based questionnaire, an online form,
and a series of local community meetings. The meetings aim to encourage
local members of the public to ask questions about how to participate
in the consultation as well as to get involved in facilitated group
discussions around the criteria for making the decision and the
options for the site’s end use. They were a new approach for
many who attended but were well received and resulted in diverse,
rich discussion around both the criteria and their reasons for preferring
or opposing end uses.
Submissions are welcomed up until the 24 November 2006 either via
the consultation website or paper questionnaire available on request
or at a selection of libraries local to Sizewell. Results from this
consultation will be used by the SSG when they make their end state
recommendations to the NDA in March 2007.
Sustainable Development Panel
The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has just started the
second stage of consultation on ‘Redefining Progress’
with their SD Panel. The theme continues through from the first
stage and asks members to explore the findings from Session 1, review
the interim report produced from the submissions to Session 1, and
to refine their thoughts on wellbeing indicators. Members are also
being given the opportunity to discuss and debate the topic of progress
further with other panel members through a forum.
The SD panel is a good example of how deliberative processes can
be used in a fairly large panel to debate deep issues in a cost-effective
Kent County Council and the Kent Waste Forum recently completed
their 10 week consultation period on their Joint Municipal Waste
Management Headline Strategy and the Waste Development Framework
Spatial Options. Over 1,000 people took part in either one or both
of the consultations. Many people used the online consultation website
and paper versions received were integrated with the online responses.
It is expected that the summary reports for both consultations and
the results will be available towards the end of 2006.