THE whole of Essex needs to be consulted on a new nuclear power station at Bradwell, according to a Lib Dem councillor.

The issue of a new power station, adjacent to the existing decomissioned building, was discussed during a meeting of Essex County Council this morning.

A motion was put forward by David Kendall, the Lib Dems Economic Development and Environment spokesman, asking for a county-wide consultation.

Events have been taking place in Bradwell, Maldon and Mersea over the last fortnight to get views from local people.

Mr Kendall believes that this is not enough, and that the siting of a new power station at Bradwell will affect the whole of Essex, with the issues of a possible terrorist attack and the transportation of nuclear waste by road and rail relevant to many.

However, his motion was not supported by the majority of the chamber.

Mr Kendall said: “There needs to be much greater public awareness of what is happening in the county on nuclear power and our residents’ voices need to be heard on this very important issue.

“Sadly the Conservatives running Essex County Council failed to support my motion and chose instead to nail their colours to the Government’s nuclear power mast.

“I believe they have missed a great opportunity to widen the democratic process.”