Yesterday the Business Secretary announced that he would NOT grant Aquind a Development Consent Order (DCO).
Thank you everyone – together we can hold government to acocunt.
We are certain that the Business Secretary’s decision will be upheld. The risks Aquind poses to wildlife habitats, residents’ health and well-being, to businesses and to national security are too great.
However, we have been shocked and angry that it has fallen on ordinary citizens in Portsmouth to call out a major national security risk and be forced to hold Ministers to account for breaching standards in public life.
There is much work to do to improve political accountability and close the legal loopholes that allow foreign money to influence political decision-making. We do not want other communities to have to face a similar scenario. Aquind did not need to happen and should not have got this far.
But, for now we celebrate!