Huge new training centre for CNC


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'World class' training centre plan for Sellafield police

By Jonny Irving

A new state-of-the-art training facility for police officers protecting the Sellafield nuclear site is poised to get the go-ahead.

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary want to build the 161,000 sq ft site on green field land to the north east of the sprawling atomic complex. The force say the proposed “world class†facility will provide the “highest level of teaching and trainingâ€. Planning officers from Copeland Council have recommended the scheme for approval, subject to conditions. If it gets the green light at tomorrow’s development control meeting it could see the creation of three indoor firing ranges, a central hub with office and conference facilities, outdoor training areas and other infrastructure built.

The central hub will be a four-storey building and includes a visitors reception, classrooms, administrative offices plus a secure armoury. One of the firing ranges would be 100m long with the other two measuring in at 50m. The constabulary’s existing dog kennels unit will remain with space also being created for 101 cars, 10 motorcycles and 20 push bikes.

Extra protection for the area is high on the agenda with plans for the proposed new Moorside nuclear plant edging closer to reality. Chief Superintendent Phil Bishop, head of the constabulary’s capability division, said: “In order that the CNC is able to continue to comply with national police firearms training standards set by the College of Policing and UK Government regulatory standards for the protection of nuclear sites, a modern firearms training facility is required by the constabulary for firearms officers based at Sellafield. The proposed new training facility will enable the CNC to continue to effectively deliver its mission of maintaining public safety and protecting nuclear sites. The CNC is currently working in partnership with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on this project, with construction of the training facility anticipated to early next year and completion expected in late 2017.â€

One of the group’s who commented on the application was the Copeland Disability Forum. They asked if there was a possibility for the nuclear constabulary officers to form a partnership with locally-based officers in times of “dire emergency†such as the Derrick Bird shootings. However in response, the force said they would be unable to comment on a potential partnership. One of the ward councillors wrote to the authority objecting to the use of green field land, saying there was more suitable brown field plots available within the Sellafield site.

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They had a fair decent home made training venue in Dounreay at one time...

I think they're building one on the edge of Sellafield because there's a new power station planned, going right next door to Sellafield which is going to be about the same size as Sellafield (or bigger). The new plant doesn't actually have permission yet, but there's various things taking place on the assumption that it will go ahead. It might also be noted that with all the waste stored at Sellafield it will always be a big security risk.