Woodley Town Council to discuss its role if Britain declares war

A Berkshire town council is set to discuss its role should the UK end up at war. Woodley City Council councilors are to discuss ‘City Council responsibilities in the event of war’.

The agenda item for an upcoming council meeting reads: “Members are invited to consider what the council’s responsibilities might be in the event the country declares war. The council has sought to engage with Wokingham Borough Council to understand joint responsibilities in Wokingham’s disaster management plan.”

Wokingham City Council‘s Emergency Planning Officer responded to representations from Woodley City Council. In their response, also on the agenda, they said: “I’ve had questions about this type of topic before. Our work as a local authority is focused on ‘reasonable worst-case scenarios’. In the event of war on our doorstep or the use of nuclear bombs, the response at the national level (and ultimately at the local level) will come from the MoD [Ministry of Defence].

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“Should the conflict escalate further, it is likely contingency planning will work with the Ministry of Defence, UKHSA [UK Health Security Agency] and other relevant departments to mitigate risks.

Woodley City Council is due to discuss its responsibilities at its Strategy and Resources Committee on Tuesday, June 7.

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