Funding boost for Anglesey - 'the Energy Island'

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The existing nuclear power station on Anglesey is due to be decommisioned Photo: ITV News Wales

A £480,000 package will today be announced to help Anglesey go ahead with its "Energy Island" programme which it's hoped will improve prosperity and bring much needed investment to the area,

The grant, from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, will be announced by UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry when he visits the island today. He will also reiterate the UK Government's commitment to a new nuclear build on the island, despite RWE npower and E.ON pulling out of plans ro develop the Wylfa B Site back in March. No new developer has yet been found.

"With its rich history in the nuclear industry, a skilled workforce and a motivated and

enthusiastic local community, Anglesey can help power the UK for decades

to come. The new funding I am announcing today will enable the Council

to invest in education, skills, and infrastructure, and boost the local

economy."

Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy

The Minister will meet staff at the existing Wylfa power station and officials from the Energy Island Programme, Horizon Nuclear Power, Magnox Limited and EnergySolutions, There has been much local opposition to the developing of a new nuclear site - with the PAWB (People Against Wylfa B) group claiming that aside from the environmental impact, the cost of building a new power station is prohibitive.

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