Cumbria nuclear waste depository opposed at meeting in Keswick

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ALMOST 600 people turned out at a public meeting in Keswick to demonstrate their opposition to a nuclear waste repository being sited in the Lake District.

Members of Cumbria County Council and Allerdale and Copeland district councils are due to vote on whether the consultation should progress to stage four on January 30.

This stage would involve identifying and assessing potential sites in the county and is expected to take around four year to complete.

Cumbrian lawyer John Wilson told the meeting that the Lake District should be taken out of the equation altogether.

“A national park should only be considered when all other sites in the country have been exhausted,” he said.

“If we go to stage four of the process and the national park has not been excluded then we move onto a very slippery slope indeed, given nowhere else is being looked at.”

London and Keswick-based marketing expert Harry Marsland said: “Research shows that the Lake District has a near faultless image, and is the best-regarded UK destination, beating Devon, Cornwall and London. A nuclear dump will do significant damage to that image.”

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On Saturday, campaigners will take part in a Ditch The Dump demo, organised by Radiation Free Lakeland, at Bowness Bay starting at 10am.

The Government suggests it would take around two to three decades for a facility to become operational.

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5:39pm Wed 16 Jan 13

dontdumpcumbria says...

A packed meeting with over 600. You could hear a pin drop when the speakers delivered their pitch. The geologist opposed certainly knew his stuff. Tourism and Farming have co-existed with the Nuclear Industry for 65 years. Having a Nuclear Repository will mean a marriage for the rest of human history. Geology not good and West Cumbria the ONLY volunteer community. If you do anything today read this http://www.geos.ed.a
c.uk/homes/rsh/Hasze
ldine_Response_to_we
stCumbria_MRWS_Consu
ltation.pdf and when you have read it. - You might like to sign this http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/41778
A packed meeting with over 600. You could hear a pin drop when the speakers delivered their pitch. The geologist opposed certainly knew his stuff. Tourism and Farming have co-existed with the Nuclear Industry for 65 years. Having a Nuclear Repository will mean a marriage for the rest of human history. Geology not good and West Cumbria the ONLY volunteer community. If you do anything today read this http://www.geos.ed.a c.uk/homes/rsh/Hasze ldine_Response_to_we stCumbria_MRWS_Consu ltation.pdf and when you have read it. - You might like to sign this http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/41778 dontdumpcumbria
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10:47pm Thu 17 Jan 13

The Baron Weasel says...

Dear Eddie Martin,

We urge you to vote No on 30 January to the plans to build an underground nuclear dump in the Lake District. The Councils should have stopped this once and for all on 11 October, but you said you needed more time. The issues are as clear now as they were in October. Government and independent scientists have said categorically that the plans are not safe. We urge you not to sit on the hedge any longer: Vote No and protect the citizens you were elected to represent.

Please save the lakes and sign the following petition.

http://you.38degrees
.org.uk/petitions/st
op-plans-for-a-nucle
ar-dump-in-the-lake-
district?source=face
book-share-button&ti
me=1357318175
Dear Eddie Martin, We urge you to vote No on 30 January to the plans to build an underground nuclear dump in the Lake District. The Councils should have stopped this once and for all on 11 October, but you said you needed more time. The issues are as clear now as they were in October. Government and independent scientists have said categorically that the plans are not safe. We urge you not to sit on the hedge any longer: Vote No and protect the citizens you were elected to represent. Please save the lakes and sign the following petition. http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/st op-plans-for-a-nucle ar-dump-in-the-lake- district?source=face book-share-button&ti me=1357318175 The Baron Weasel
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11:16pm Thu 17 Jan 13

marianneb says...

Letter to the Leader of Cumbria County Council

Dear Eddie Martin,

Geological Dumping of Nuclear Waste

On 30th January you are going to take the most important decision of any Cumbria County Council Leader before you. Your decision will speak for the whole of Cumbria, which has been misrepresented as a “willing community.” To say ‘yes’ would mean unquantifiable damage to the ‘brand’ of Cumbria.
The real cost, however, would be psychological and physical trauma through countless generations, as Cumbria would be increasingly and irreversibly blighted.
Say NO – end this mad plan now. Then all money and expertise can go into ensuring the existing wastes are looked after safely on the 6km Sellafield site rather than expanding and increasing the danger to ever more waste over a much increased area.
Letter to the Leader of Cumbria County Council Dear Eddie Martin, Geological Dumping of Nuclear Waste On 30th January you are going to take the most important decision of any Cumbria County Council Leader before you. Your decision will speak for the whole of Cumbria, which has been misrepresented as a “willing community.” To say ‘yes’ would mean unquantifiable damage to the ‘brand’ of Cumbria. The real cost, however, would be psychological and physical trauma through countless generations, as Cumbria would be increasingly and irreversibly blighted. Say NO – end this mad plan now. Then all money and expertise can go into ensuring the existing wastes are looked after safely on the 6km Sellafield site rather than expanding and increasing the danger to ever more waste over a much increased area. marianneb
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