Wednesday, 3 June 2009

'Socio economic legacy high priority' - Gibson

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A commitment to the community and socio-economic delivery of transition cash for Caithness was the call from Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson after he met with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority competition team.

Mr Gibson met with the Cumbrian based team in Inverness this week. It is tasked with over seeing the competition process at Dounreay which will be finished by around autumn 2011.

After Mr Gibson said….

"There is no way of getting out of the competition under the UK regulations however it is imperative that the winning bid has a strong socio-economic strand with in it to help deliver a long lasting and beneficial legacy to the county following decommissioning."

"The system of competition is not perfect however it is rigorous and goes through many governance levels. I am a bit disappointed of the secrecy involved in the process especially where the socioeconomic proposals by the winning bidders is concerned. But I am sure that it will be a high priority when it comes to Scottish Government scrutiny in the interests of the Dounreay travel to work area."


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