An armed convoy carrying deadly nuclear warheads has been travelling through Cumbernauld via the M80, in a move that has sparked a bitter protest at North Lanarkshire Council which is supposed to be a nuclear-free authority.
In what is being seen as a throwback to times past, the missiles were conveyed through the town as part of a test exercise by the Ministry of Defence. They were being taken from Aldermaston to Coulport.
Although the test passed without incident, Cumbernauld Councillor Paddy Hogg has flagged up safety fears about their carriage through the town, after it’s claimed that this happens several times a year, mainly to replenish stocks at the Clydeside base.
Now the the councillor has lodged a motion at North Lanarkshire Council which will be raised tomorrow (Thursday, March 27) at a full council meeting.
The councillor said: “It’s far from reassuring. If a nuclear accident occurred the people of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth could be in serious danger.”
For more details see this week’s paper.