The Council has offered EDF Energy its support and assistance following the recent announcement that Cottam Power Station will cease generation at the end of September 2019.
Councillors and officers from the Council recently met with senior managers at Cottam to discuss their plans in the lead up to the closure of the Bassetlaw power plant and the future decommissioning of the site.
Just some of the discussions that took place included the planning support the Council can provide throughout the decommissioning and demolition phases, the skills and partnership support that the Council’s Economic Development team can provide to employees who will be leaving EDF Energy, and the potential impacts on the local community.
The visit also provided the opportunity to take a guided tour of the site and Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “This meeting was an extremely useful opportunity to meet staff at the power station and learn more about how we can assist EDF Energy in this transitional period.
“Cottam has been a significant employer in Bassetlaw and it is reassuring to hear that many of the highly skilled work force currently employed by EDF Energy are being supported as they make the transition into alternative employment.
“The site has also been a major landmark in Bassetlaw for more than 50 years and we will be working with EDF to ensure that all the correct measures are in place before the demolition process begins. We also want to work in partnership with EDF on the development of a future plan that will ensure the regeneration of the site, whatever that may look like.”
Andy Powell, plant manager at Cottam power station, said: “It was great to meet representatives from Bassetlaw Council, it gave us a chance to talk them through the next steps planned here for the power station in terms of deconstruction and also how we are looking after our people going forwards.
“The meeting gave everyone a chance to understand what EDF Energy’s plans are for the next five years or so, and this will also give the council and the councillors the time to plan from their side as well.
“As we move towards the next chapter of Cottam’s story, we look forward to maintaining and developing what has always been a very positive partnership with all involved in Bassetlaw.”
Ward Member for Rampton, Cllr Teresa Critchley, said: “Cottam power station has been so prominent in our community for 50 years and its closure will have a far reaching impact.
“The redevelopment of the site is currently a huge local concern and the meeting was very reassuring and informative. I feel that partnership working, including with local groups, will ensure that this will be an incredible opportunity to bring positive benefit to Cottam, the surrounding villages and Bassetlaw.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, April 24, 2019