Scottish independence could lead to missiles in Mylor

Scottish independence could lead to missiles in Mylor

Scottish independence could lead to missiles in Mylor

First published in News

A NUCLEAR missile storage facility could be built near Falmouth if the Scottish vote for independence next month.

The people of Falmouth, and more specifically Flushing and Mylor, have more to fear than most 
if Scotland gains its independence in September, according to a report by the Royal United Services Insitute.

With Scotland declaring itself a nuclear free zone, the body says warheads currently stored at Coulport in Scotland could be moved to Falmouth and stored in a specially built nuclear munitions facility built on the headland between Trefusis Point, Flushing and Penarrow Point, Mylor Churchtown.

The report, by RUSI research analyst Hugh Chalmers and research director Malcolm Chalmers, said relocating the Trident nuclear base to England would be both financially and technically feasible.

While the submarines would be based at Devonport, the missiles themselves could be stored at Falmouth. This would be to prevent the chance of a worst case scenario for a potential accident - namely the simultaneous ignition of a boat load of missiles.

“The most desirable location for a munitions facility would therefore be a location where the consequences of such an accident could be mitigated by isolating it from vulnerable populations, and segregating stored missiles, warheads and loading platforms at safe distances from each other,” says the report.

“The option given most credence to date involves developing munitions facility on the Fal Estuary to the north of Falmouth, which offers good shelter and a comparatively isolated location.”

It says the relocation would not be without its problems as Devonport and Falmouth are almost 50 nautical miles apart – over three times the distance between Faslane in Scotland where the submarines are currently based and Coulport.

Local opposition might delay the relocation but it would not stop it, acknowledges the report.

“Displacing the local services, houses and amenities in an area with a strong tourism industry will be very unpopular,” it says. “However it may be the best available option within the UK should Scotland become independent.”

It says that while any relocation could not be completed by the 2020 target date currently set by the Scottish government, it could be put off until 2028, the date the new fleet of Trident submarines is due to enter service.

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9:48am Sat 23 Aug 14

Jirakitt says...

No no no no no no. It's all wrong. Let's let Helston John tell us why.
No no no no no no. It's all wrong. Let's let Helston John tell us why. Jirakitt
  • Score: -10

1:51pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Boscawen says...

I think the report writers know more about nuclear missiles than the Falmouth area - leaving aside anything else the area they locate is hardly remote! Aside from being from a Falmouth family, I'm no pacifist, support the nuclear deterrent, would be content to see more use of the port by the Royal Navy - and still know it's a **** silly suggestion.
I think the report writers know more about nuclear missiles than the Falmouth area - leaving aside anything else the area they locate is hardly remote! Aside from being from a Falmouth family, I'm no pacifist, support the nuclear deterrent, would be content to see more use of the port by the Royal Navy - and still know it's a **** silly suggestion. Boscawen
  • Score: -8

1:58pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Boscawen says...

Evidently the report writers know more about nuclear weapons than they do about Falmouth - the area they finger is hardly remote, but does have poor transport links, is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and aside from wrecking the local economy would be very difficult to move nukes by either road or to a port. I'm from a Falmouth family, no pacifist, support nuclear deterrence, would be happy to see the RN use the port more - and it's still a **** silly idea.
Evidently the report writers know more about nuclear weapons than they do about Falmouth - the area they finger is hardly remote, but does have poor transport links, is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and aside from wrecking the local economy would be very difficult to move nukes by either road or to a port. I'm from a Falmouth family, no pacifist, support nuclear deterrence, would be happy to see the RN use the port more - and it's still a **** silly idea. Boscawen
  • Score: -8

2:31pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Teejay says...

I doubt that our beleaguered MoD could afford to settle in Mylor.
Also, missiles wouldn't be allowed, a radiation leak might threaten the red maerl.
I doubt that our beleaguered MoD could afford to settle in Mylor. Also, missiles wouldn't be allowed, a radiation leak might threaten the red maerl. Teejay
  • Score: 15

4:56pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Lilac112 says...

So why is it only the Scots who are voting, when the consequences could be so serious elsewhere? Shouldn't the English - and in this case the Cornish in particular - be voting as well?
So why is it only the Scots who are voting, when the consequences could be so serious elsewhere? Shouldn't the English - and in this case the Cornish in particular - be voting as well? Lilac112
  • Score: -9

5:28pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Boxheater says...

More jobs, a boost to the local economy, the A39 would get improved, a by-pass for Truro, at last, so there could be lots of big down stream benefits. Those displaced in Mylor would probably get good compulsory purchase compensation. Don't snear or immediately have a nimby - it could be quite good for this part of Cornwall!
More jobs, a boost to the local economy, the A39 would get improved, a by-pass for Truro, at last, so there could be lots of big down stream benefits. Those displaced in Mylor would probably get good compulsory purchase compensation. Don't snear or immediately have a nimby - it could be quite good for this part of Cornwall! Boxheater
  • Score: -8

7:56pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Why is it always Cornwall? I remember when some officialism suggested dumping nuclear waste down our disused tin mines. All governments seem the least inclined to invest in Cornwall with a rural grant and seem to think country ends at Plymouth, yet when it comes to adverse things no one wants, then Cornwall suddenly gets all the attention.
Why is it always Cornwall? I remember when some officialism suggested dumping nuclear waste down our disused tin mines. All governments seem the least inclined to invest in Cornwall with a rural grant and seem to think country ends at Plymouth, yet when it comes to adverse things no one wants, then Cornwall suddenly gets all the attention. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 13

8:51am Sun 24 Aug 14

CousinJack says...

The articles on this topic 6 months ago indicated that the possible location was messack Point on teh Roseland, the headland to the west of St Just Creek. This seems more likely than between Mylor and fLushing due to a number of logistical reasons.

Everyone should remember that the MoD are not bound by the planning and consultation rules that most private and public organisations are, and if the MoD decide that it is necessary for state defence to build a facility on the Roseland or south of Mylor they can do this. They also have rights to compulsory purchase any land they need, NT beware.
The articles on this topic 6 months ago indicated that the possible location was messack Point on teh Roseland, the headland to the west of St Just Creek. This seems more likely than between Mylor and fLushing due to a number of logistical reasons. Everyone should remember that the MoD are not bound by the planning and consultation rules that most private and public organisations are, and if the MoD decide that it is necessary for state defence to build a facility on the Roseland or south of Mylor they can do this. They also have rights to compulsory purchase any land they need, NT beware. CousinJack
  • Score: -5

11:42am Sun 24 Aug 14

Jirakitt says...

Helston John wrote:
Jirakitt wrote:
No no no no no no. It's all wrong. Let's let Helston John tell us why.
Oh look at the thumbs down you have tut tut silly little boy grow up.

I think they should put the nukes in Wales.
I've got lots and lots of time to grow up, unlike you. Tick tok, tick tok
[quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jirakitt[/bold] wrote: No no no no no no. It's all wrong. Let's let Helston John tell us why.[/p][/quote]Oh look at the thumbs down you have tut tut silly little boy grow up. I think they should put the nukes in Wales.[/p][/quote]I've got lots and lots of time to grow up, unlike you. Tick tok, tick tok Jirakitt
  • Score: -10

5:41pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Manyasa munyira says...

Safety first?
Safety first? Manyasa munyira
  • Score: 2

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