NUCLEAR WAR may seem extremely unlikely, but the council has confirmed they’ve got no specific plan in place should it happen.

A freedom of information request showed that Wokingham Borough Council does not have a specific plan, although there are certain emergency procedures that it would adopt.

The response from the council stated: “Such a threat was prevalent between the 1950s and 1980s during the Cold War and during that period most Councils had such plans and most had dedicated Nuclear Bunkers equipped with specialist filtration systems and food/water stocks.

“Following the end of the cold war the risk of such an event has reduced dramatically and in the UK old outdated Civil Defence legislation which funded Civil Defence activities and bunker maintenance was scrapped and replaced by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

“Wokingham Council has in place a suite of Emergency Response Plans to meet the requirements of Emergency Risk assessments carried out as part of the Councils Duties under the Civil Contingencies Act.”

The council also explained the response the facilities that would be available in the event of a disaster.

“We have an Emergency Operations Centre from which to manage such emergencies and a back-up Emergency Operations Centre in case our primary venue is unavailable.

“Our Out of Hours emergency call handler processes all of the Council’s out of hours calls and has access to our Out of Hours manual and emergency rotas such that they are able to activate our emergency plans out of hours if needed.”