New nuclear projects need to 'benefit the people and economy of North Wales'

A report says the focus of new nuclear projects in Wales should be on how they can benefit local people.

An artist's impression of the new Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on Anglesey.

The report by the Welsh Affairs Committee looks at the safety and possible community benefits of the new nuclear power station, Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey.

It also suggests that North Wales could see a potential resurgence of its nuclear industry and that local people should be trained to be employed within a National Nuclear College.

We know that proposals for new nuclear power plants cause concern amongst the general public.

During this inquiry we have been impressed by the level of scrutiny of nuclear power and are reassured that the highest safety standards are followed.

The key questions that need to be answered for future development of nuclear power at Wylfa and Trawsfynydd to be viable centre on value for money and local impact.

There has to be a demonstrable benefit for the local community as well.

Local businesses must form a key part of the supply-chain and be given sufficient information to allow this to happen. We must also make use of the many skilled nuclear workers currently based in Wales, and provide sufficient training to develop the next generation.

– David TC Davies, Committee Chair

Watch Rob Shelley'sreport here.