David Morris column: Double birthday for power stations

David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP

This month we celebrate 30 years since Heysham 1 started generating on July 8 1983 and 25 years since Heysham 2 commenced generation on July 12 1988.

Over the years Heysham 1 and 2 have provided many highly skilled jobs for the constituency and have provided huge boosts for the economy as well as training our young people through a comprehensive apprenticeship programme.

Almost everyone I speak to either works at the power station or knows someone who does. You may already know that I am the Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Nuclear Power.

I continually work behind the scenes to promote Heysham and the whole Morecambe & Lunesdale constituency on national scale and to push for Heysham 3 to become a reality. I meet with Government Ministers and energy companies on a regular basis.

I am pleased to reiterate to you that the land next to the current Heysham power stations has been earmarked by the coalition Government for a new nuclear build this means that nothing other than a power station can be built there.

I also have met with Ken Maddock, Ken is the former leader of Somerset County Council. Ken and I have been working on ideas to incorporate nuclear power station plans with community projects.

Last week I attended the House of Commons music competition ‘Rock The House.’ It was nice to see so many up and coming musical talents from around the country perform before MPs and music industry bosses. I hope that next year someone from Morecambe & Lunesdale may win.

Over the summer, I will be again organising a summer tour. Please keep checking my website for details www.davidmorrismp.co.uk