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Burghfield AWE floods - Lib Dems call for inquiry

The Liberal Democrats have called for a full public inquiry into potentially catastrophic flooding at the Atomic Weapons Establishment site at Burghfield, in Berkshire during the 2007 floods.

Source: New Civil Engineer 14th Oct 2008

AWE Bylaws Legal Challenge

A Judicial Review Appeal of the High Court decision on AWE bylaws in March 2008 is to be heard in the High Court of the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London on Wednesday, 26th November 2008.


Swamped! The devastating impact of the July 2007 floods on Britain's nuclear weapon's factories.

Download the full report below. You can also read the redacted version of AWE's 'Review Learn and Improve' assessment of the floods here.

MoD Planning Application for a Conventional Manufacturing Rationalisation facility at AWE Burghfield

West Berkshire Planning Committee Meeting on AWE CMR Application to be heard in summer holiday period despite a NIS request for a deferment.

The Planning Office advice is that the likely Committee date to consider the CMR application (08/00954/COMIND) is the 13th August 2008.  The reason given is that 13 week date for determination is the 26th August 2008 and the application cannot be extended beyond this period due to Central Government Performance targets.

Minister confirms replacement plans for aging gravel gertie bunkers

New nuclear missile assembly plants will be built at AWE Burghfield, if West Berkshire Council approves plans due to be submitted later this year.

They would replace the aging “gravel gerties” safe rooms, believed to be subject of a series of safety shortfalls which last year caused a shut down of live operations at the nuclear missile plant.

AWE timetable for new building project plans announced on 26th June

Written answers, 30 Jun 2008 : Column 610W
AWE Burghfield: Finance
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the cost of AWE Burghfield’s operations in 2007-08 was apportioned in the Defence budget. [212332]

Hansard on AWE Burghfield, 18th June 2008

18 Jun 2008 : Column 1013W, AWE Burghfield: Costs 

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of operation of AWE Burghfield was in the last year for which figures are available. [211556]

Hansard on AWE Burghfield, 11th June 2008

11th June 2008 : Column 257W, AWE Burghfield

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2138W, on AWE Burghfield, in what way the emergency arrangements infrastructure at AWE Burghfield was affected by the July 2007 flooding; and what steps have been taken to remedy the situation. [208892]

Minutes of the 53rd AWE Local Liaison Committee Meeting

Minutes of the 53rd AWE Local Liaison Committee Meeting, Thursday 5 June 2008


Reading Post on AWE Burghfield floods

The July storm which caused flooding across the country last year forced the shutdown of the Burghfield atomic bomb factory, it has been revealed.

In a question in the House of Commons last week, Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock asked defence minister Bob Ainsworth on whose authority the “live nuclear work was suspended at AWE Burghfield?”

Read the full Reading Post article here.