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HANT AGM CIRCULAR TO SUPPORTER MEMBERS : JANUARY 2017

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR / BLIADHNA MHATH UR

 

We hope you’ve had an enjoyable festive season and as this circular goes out the winter seems to have arrived !

 

It’s been a very busy year for HANT with lots of campaign activity related to our aim to raise awareness about the many issues surrounding the transport of nuclear materials from Dounreay to Sellafield by rail and sea and more recently by air from Wick Airport to the US

 

HANT considers all of these transports to be hazardous and to pose unacceptable risks to the general public, the environment and the economy

 

HANT’s activities in 2016 have included :

 

- Holding a demonstration at Wick Airport against the transport of nuclear fuel by air to the US (September)

- Lobbying and receiving support from Councillors, MSP’s and MP’s

- Raising questions with NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) and Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and other public bodies

- Gaining media coverage about its campaign and raising awareness through use of Letters to the Editor in local and national press

- Gaining over 300 signatures on a HANT Petition to halt all transports to be sent to the UK Government in 2017

- Being regularly updated about Dounreay Stakeholder Group meetings through a DSG Member     

- Having a successful Awareness Raising street stall in Inverness on a national day of action against nuclear trains (July)

- Holding a Public Meeting with a speaker from Scottish Wildlife Trust & an International Marine Radiation Consultant Tim Deere-Jones : Ullapool (November)

 Being represented and speaking at the following conferences :

- UN House Conference on the humanitarian and environmental impacts and responsibilities of hosting nuclear weapons : Scottish Parliament (December)

- Rail Stakeholder Conference : Inverness (December)

- “Beyond Nuclear” Conference : Manchester – supported by NFLA, Low Level Health and Radiation Conference, CND, SERA, Chernobyl Children’s Project and Kick Nuclear (March) 

- Scottish Green Party Conference : Perth (October)

 

- Holding regular Committee meetings by teleconference

 

 

- Working in partnership with NFLA (Nuclear Free Local Authorities), KIMO (International local authority environmental organisation), Friends of the Earth Scotland and other organisations

- Investigating funding sources including planning a crowd funder launch

- Holding regular Committee teleconferences

 

For a small organisation with a limited budget and a volunteer committee a lot has been achieved

 

HANT to date has been funded by donations and small grants from the Schiehallion Trust and Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust and is intending to launch a Crowdfunder Appeal on 1 March 2017 and will welcome any donation you can make to that appeal

 

HANT would wish to express thanks for all donations and grants received 

 

But HANT relies on public support for its campaign and we would like to encourage you to come to the HANT AGM with Guest Speaker Sean Morris (International Secretary of Nuclear Free Local Authorities : NFLA) to be held in the Spectrum Centre Inverness at 7.30 pm on Friday 3 February 2017-01-11

 

The details are as follows :

 

  PUBLIC MEETING WITH

GUEST SPEAKER SEAN MORRIS

International Secretary for the UK and Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA)

and HANT AGM

FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2017 : 7.30 PM

CONCOURSE ROOM, SPECTRUM CENTRE, INVERNESS  

1 MARGARET STREET, IV1 1LS (beside Inverness Bus Station)

Everyone welcome – come along and hear about the work of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities related to  HANT’s campaign to stop the transport of nuclear waste by rail, sea and air

Refreshments will be provided

Meeting venue is ground floor and has disabled access

 

Further information : Tor Justad. Chairperson : HANT : 

Mobile : 07710 392 666 or E mail : hello@hant.co.uk and on   www.facebook.com / Highlands Against Nuclear Transport and website : hant.co.uk

 

 

More details about our Guest Speaker and NFLA are included below

 

Please come if you can and also spread the word an use this poster if you have anywhere you can display it

 

The AGM business will include :

 

Report on activities 2016 and plans for 2017

Notes from 2015 AGM & matters arising

Annual Accounts

Election of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Committee Members (maximum 15 including Office Bearers)

Future fund-raising including launch of Crowdfunder

Question and Answer session

 

We hope you will continue to support HANT in 2017 by :

 

- Joining the Committee

- Lobbying Councillors, MP’s and MSP’s

- Attending HANT Public Meetings and events

- Donating to the HANT Appeal 

- Get updates on HANT facebook and website : hant.co.uk

 

If you are interested in joining the Committee and wish to have a chat about what’s involved you’re welcome to contact the Chairperson : Tor Justad on Mobile : 07710 392 666 or  tor.justad@btinternet.com

 

Committee Meetings are held by conference and are approximately every quarter, so 4 a year – each lasting 30-60 minutes max

 

We look forwards to seeing you at the AGM and at other events in 2017

 

 

Details about Guest Speaker Sean Morris : international Secretary : NFLA

 

Sean Morris has been the International Secretary for the UK and Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) since 2008. 

 

He is also Manchester City Council's Mayors for Peace officer and a Principal Policy Officer for the Council on nuclear, energy and international issues. Sean has been involved with the NFLA since 1999, when he took up the role as NFLA English Forum Secretary at Leeds City Council, where he was also an emergency planning officer. 

 

Sean has 22 years local government experience working on climate change and environmental matters, emergency planning, peace policy and nuclear policy. 

 

He leads on all policy work for the NFLA engaging with the UK and Irish Governments, devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, environmental and nuclear regulators and the nuclear industry. 

 

He has represented the NFLA at meetings and events in Westminster, Holyrood, Vienna and at the European Parliament. 

 

For NFLA and Mayors for Peace he has attended and lobbied a number of UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conferences and represented both at the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Ceremonies. 

 

For further information on both organisations go to http://www.nuclearpolicy.info and http://www.mayorsforpeace.org or contact Sean on s.morris4@manchester.gov.uk.

 

Details about NFLA : Nuclear Free Local Authorities

 

NFLA is the primary local government voice on nuclear issues representing member authorities in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

 

It responds to all aspects of the nuclear policy field including nuclear power, radioactive waste management and nuclear weapons policy. 

 

It also produces original research on nuclear matters and renewable energy alternatives to nuclear power and fossil fuels. 

 

Its International Secretariat is based in Manchester with Forum Secretariats in Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff and Newry.

NFLA consistently lobbies for a reduction in the transportation of nuclear materials as one of its core environmental principles that waste should be concentrated and contained rather than diluted and dispersed, as well as the public safety and emergency planning issues around transporting such hazardous materials by road, rail, sea or air. 

 

It has challenged the NDA and government over the transport of nuclear materials from Dounreay to Sellafield for the past few years, consistently arguing it is a public safety risk and that the materials should rather be stored on or close to the Dounreay site. 

 

It has also conducted research and raised concerns over the transportation of nuclear materials by sea around the British Isles and internationally, meeting with the International Maritime Organisation, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, International Nuclear Services and government representatives. 

 

It has been alarmed by accidents involving nuclear ships in the North Sea. It works closely with the Shetland based international marine environment local government group KIMO International on such matters, and cooperates as well with the Vienna based Cities for a Nuclear Free Europe. 

 

It is currently very concerned over the safe use of Wick Airport for flights of nuclear materials to the United States.

 







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