Nuclear Power Extension

Dungeness 'B' Station has been granted an operational extension for a  further ten years of operation extending power output to the year 2028.   This will safeguard up to 750 jobs of which it is stated 75% of the workforce reside within a fifteen mile radius of Dungeness.

It would seem the consensus of opinion with locals and others that keeping the plant in operation is a good thing for the area.

Local M.P. Damien Collins is still fighting for the construction of a third power station to replace 'B' when that finally closes.   It seems odd that Dungeness was ruled out by government to even appear in the shortlist as to where future nuclear plants are to be located.

The 'A' station is currently being dismantled and you can watch this happen live on the Magnox website  or on 'twitter'  @magnoxsites.

 

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Pay to come to Dungeness?

Talks which have been ongoing for over a year as to whether it is feasible to charge a fee to visit Dungeness (after all it is a private estate) have been finalised and we now see a positive step forward to achieve this goal.

A section of land at the entrance to the estate has been cordoned off – and this will be where the future toll booth will stand.   The current plastic fencing has been erected to ensure no new wildlife will be affected in the construction of said booths.

There is still some discussion as to how much and to whom the 'entry fee' will be levied but it is rumoured fees will only be applied during the summer months.

Residents will have a permit and anyone visiting residents will be issued with a pass.  Sounds like prison!

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Polish Memorial

First an apology to those who read the initial blog re alleged vandalism of the memorial.

We have received instant responses from many – and with kind offers to help recreate a new site – than you.   It transpires the Polish Embassy were unaware of this remote memorial but thanks to a local contributor the (revised) blog has been sent on to all  interested parties in Poland and beyond.

The facts behind the origins of the  memorial site are sketchy as it is not known who was responsible for its erection in the first place.   Does anyone know?

Owen Leyshon of the Romney Marsh Countryside Project, they who oversee the goings on at Dungeness, is in full support of having the site rebuilt and possibly moved to a place nearer to the car park at the train station/old lighthouse.   It was originally in that area but due to yobs using it as target practice for the air rifle shooting  it was subsequently moved to a more peaceful area, yet outside of the general public view.   Since the introduction of regular armed police patrols in the area vandalism seems to have been eliminated and it is felt that a new site, that visitors to the area could readily  see, would seem to be a viable option.   It is tentatively proposed that the new memorial will be based on similar lines to the original – i.e. a more personal display, with photographs and a short write up, rather than a cross or slab of granite.   To be able to see the faces of these two young airmen who, with thousands of others,  gave their lives for our freedom is, in my opinion, preferable to an impersonal lump of stone!

 

Thank you again for all who responded.   It's good to know people still care!!

 

MG

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Sacrilege

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A sad victim of our recent bad weather we had here on Boxing Day memorial to two Polish pilots, P/O Boguslaw Mierzwa & P/O Mieczyslaw Waskiewicz both of 303 (Polish) Sqn RAF, who gave their lives to enable us to walk free in this country?

This small, privately erected memorial, sits in the area where one of the Spitfire pilots crashed and died during 1941

Fresh flowers often appear at the site, which is set beyond the car park at the railway cafe, on the beach at Dungeness. The original memorial had photographs of the two airmen and details of their very short lives. Thoughtfully, whomever erected the tribute placed, as can be seen, a plastic chair for those wanting to sit in quiet reflection on these two young lads – for that is what they were – far from their homeland and who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of freedom.

Post Script

Perhaps it would be possible for the memorial to be moved to the car park area so that visitors to Dungeness can see it and perhaps, not being out of site as it is now, there will be a degree of added security. I am sure there a few pounds held in the coffers of the local residents association which could be donated to re-erect the memorial and I am sure Shepway council et al would not object too much. Donations can be made through this web site and any received will be acknowledged.

Before being vandalised.

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France getting nearer

 

Is it the EU creeping up on the UK to finally swallow this little Island up?

The picture does seem to indicate France is getting a little close.   Must admit the coastal outline has never been so clear or so far out of the water.

I realise in times gone by we were joined to mainland Europe but having been separated for many thousands of years we have got used to looking after ourselves and the majority of inhabitants do not wish to be governed by Brussels.   Still who is interested in what the population want? –  certainly not members of Parliament

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More 4 TV Dungeness

The More 4 television program 'Homes by the Sea' will be featuring Dungeness on Thursday 13th November at 2100hrs – repaeated the following Sunday.

Having seen a couple of the previous episodes and the quite fantastic properties featured elsewhere around our coast I think Dungeness will have to rely on its unique and remote location to grab the attention.   We shall sea!  (Pun intended)

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More 4 Tonight 9pm

Starting tonight on (UK) (Thursday 16th October) More 4 is the first part of a new series looking at interesting properties around the coast of the UK.  The program will continue Thursday nights for the next 11 weeks.

Entitled 'Homes by The Sea' the program is hosted by architect Charlie Luxton and clips from the series does seem to introduce some very interesting properties and locations

The episode filmed at Dungeness has not been allocated a transmission date but will be one of the last 3 to be aired.  We will let you know.

 

 

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Airport – Final Hurdle

 

An appeal by by the RSPB (Society for protection of birds)  against further expansion to the airport was overturned in the High Court.   This was the final hurdle of many years of battles to prevent any expansion but now works on the runway extension and the new terminal build can commence.   After the hearing the representatives from the RSPB agreed they would be working closely with the airport team to ensure all interests are met.

I still maintain that birds being more adept at creating accommodation than humans and the fact that the whole area of the wildlife site has expanded from the time when the airport was at its busiest, there will be little disruption to their current way of life.   We had similar complaints when motorways were to 'scour the face of the land' and ruin wildlife but as it turned out the no mans land between motorways have become a haven for all forms of wildlife.   Humans were against gravel extraction but as we have seen 30 years on we have even more wildlife (birds) visiting the area simply because of these artificial lakes.

 

 

 

 

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Is This the Future of Lydd Airport?

The  terminal services now include Customs, immigration and even Special Branch and it is hoped this will attract more executive jets, helicopters, light aircraft and cargo.

Regular flights to Verona and Naples run by Newmarket Holidays, as well as to Le Touquet in France, operated by LyddAir are already in force with the hopes of further expansion.

Lydd Airport have welcomed the first Newmarket Holidays passengers, who previously would have flown in and out of Manston Airport but the opposition to any expansion still rolls on with  campaign groups citing damage to the environment and the potential catastrophe of an aircraft crashing into Dungeness nuclear power station and Sue Royal of  the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds stating “Not only does increasing flights from Lydd risk potential disturbance to wildlife and its habitat, it also threatens an area that has been frequently praised as one of the most tranquil in the UK, attracting millions of visitors every year and valued by local people.

 What tosh!  Lets fight to prevent a return to the good old days with the noise and pollution that was part of the daily life.   Ah but I suspect the protestees were not around then.

 

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Response from Blog re Power Station

Subject: Contact from Dungeness website
>
> From: David Morgan
> Subject: Dungeness Danger
>
> Message Body:
> Please read. Anyone have the time to take this on?
>
> You'd assume that safety limits exist because they're needed to keep
> people safe. Apparently not at nuclear power stations. This week it
> was announced that a key safety limit at Dungeness nuclear power
> station may be changed so its lifetime can be extended. [1]
>
> Graphite bricks in the reactor are about to breach safety levels and
> the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) would have had to prosecute or
> even shut down the plant. But instead, the regulators are considering
> a request from EDF energy, who run the station, to simply change the safety limit.
>
> Steve Thomas, professor of energy policy at the University of
> Greenwich,
> said: "It doesn't feel good when we come up against limits and the
> first thing they [the ONR] do is to move the goalposts."
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> Do you live near the powerstation? What do you think?
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