Councils call for 'urgent' government meeting over nuclear waste disposal
Last updated at 16:56, Thursday, 31 January 2013
THE leaders of Copeland and Allerdale Borough Councils have called for an 'urgent' meeting with the government following Cumbria's decision to pull out of the nuclear repository site search.
In a letter to Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Councillor Elaine Woodburn, leader of Copeland BC and Councillor Alan Smith, leader of Allerdale BC, say: "As Leaders of the two West Cumbrian Authorities who yesterday took the brave decision to enter into Stage 4 of the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely process we would like to request an urgent meeting with yourself to discuss future processes to resolve the issue of long term disposal of higher activity nuclear waste.
"We have had a very clear and evidenced mandate from the communities we represent that entering Stage 4 was the right thing to do, the fact Cumbria County Council never heeded the majority of West Cumbrians’ views and voted 'no' does not resolve the question over what do we do with the nuclear waste in the long term.
"For over 50 years we have hosted nuclear waste so the skills and knowledge lies within our communities and we suggest the Country cannot afford for the opportunity to at least consider options to pass us by.
"Therefore can we again reiterate the need for an urgent meeting to further discuss future options."
First published at 16:55, Thursday, 31 January 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Why do Copeland Councillors assume that ALL the residents of the borough want this to happen. They do not speak on my behalf in favour of this monstrosity. Cumbria County Council have made their decision not go any further and they should abide by this.
As a resident in the south of the county Elaine Woodburn needs to get her facts right on the true feelings of local residents. Any jobs gained on this hair brained scheme would be taken up by very specialised contractors, not locals. The economy would be devastated by people who normally visit the National Park, refraining from doing so. We have become the nuclear dustbin of the world, encourage by Copeland Borough Council. Lets see what happens on voting day to the existing elected members
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