Published: 10th Feb 2020

As the UK replaces its old carbon-intensive energy infrastructure, a new study will explore the legacy of what is left behind, and how to support the communities that they are in. It’s being led by Keele University researchers and aims to establish a new role for local communities in decommissioning large industrial facilities such as coal plants. The project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will bring together communities connected to three sites – Chatterley Whitfield Colliery near Stoke, Fawley Power station near Southampton, and West Burton Power station near Gainsborough. Researchers say these three sites are the ‘past, present and future of decommissioning’, and each provides expertise and knowledge about the possibilities and pitfalls for community ownership of decommissioning processes and their outcomes. Working alongside local stakeholders, the project will define a more genuine role for local people in what happens to twentieth-century energy infrastructure as … (To read the full article, subscribe below)