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Declaration of Interest
To receive any declaration of interest from a Member or Officer regarding any item of business.
No declaration of interest was received.
To consider an application for dispensation.
An application for dispensation was made by Councillor Roger Dobson, a member of the Llanbadrig Community Council, who wishes to speak and vote at meetings on matters relating to Horizon Nuclear Power (HNP), including consultations and planning applications.
Councillor Dobson has requested that the Standard Committee considers granting a dispensation in relation to a prejudicial interest, on the grounds outlined in his application.
The Chair welcomed Councillor Dobson to the meeting, and gave him an opportunity to present his application.
Councillor Dobson reported that he sought a dispensation in the context of Llanbadrig Community Council. He stated that he is not advocating for or against the development, but is trying to ensure that any development which occurs is on the most favourable terms for those affected. He further stated that he declares an interest at the start of community council meetings, owing to the proximity of his property to the Wylfa Newydd development site.
It was noted, that in addition to his role as a community councillor, Councillor Dobson is a member of the North Anglesey Partnership, whose interests relate to Wylfa Newydd. He has been nominated to lead on behalf of the Partnership, by virtue of his knowledge and expertise on two key policies ie the Neighbourhood Support Policy and the Workers’ Management Strategy.
Councillor Dobson referred to the Neighbourhood Support Policy, which includes compensation options for approximately 60 properties in the Tregele area. Horizon is offering those owners the option of remaining in place, or selling their properties for the current market value to Horizon. However, the NAP is trying to negotiate with Horizon for better terms, similar to those offered to residents who live close to developments such as HS2. The counter proposal is that they will pay at least 25% more than the market value to all those properties within 1.5 kilometres of the site of the new power station. Councillor Dobson’s home is one of those which will be affected directly by this Policy.
The Workers’ Management Strategy will also affect Councillor Dobson’s property, but to no greater extent than the majority of those who live in the Cemaes Ward, whom he represents. Councillor Dobson stated that Horizon has initiated a revision of the plans for Wylfa Newydd, which involves a smaller footprint for the power station, and a proposal to build a campus on site to accommodate 4,000 contractors. Llanbadrig Community Council and the NAP will oppose the proposal, and Councillor Dobson proposes to speak against the proposed campus and declare a personal interest at meetings.
It was noted that that Llanbadrig Community Council and the North Anglesey Partnership are currently engaging with Horizon in trying to agree a Statement of Common Ground for workers who will be employed on the site.
Councillor Dobson referred to the site preparation and clearance programme for Wylfa Newydd, which involves clearing 740 acres of land owned by Horizon. The programme will affect Councillor Dobson’s home to a greater extent than the majority ... view the full minutes text for item 2.