“it was heard the council had received a request from Marianne Birkby, on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland. This was requesting support for the proposal that west Cumbria should withdraw from the process of exploring the suitability of the area for the disposal of radioactive waste.
“In the 1990s Nirex investigated the Gosforth area as a possible site for geological disposal of nuclear wastes. An inquiry and appeal concluded that the risk of radioactive waste migrating to the surface was too great.
“Following the failure to find a site in the 1990s, the government are now asking for volunteer communities to store high-level radioactive wastes deep underground. Only Cumbria has expressed an interest. The group listed comments from a number of scientific experts who had serious concerns about the safety of the potential Cumbrian sites.
“It was observed that the possibility of things going wrong, should the waste disposal go ahead, was too horrific to contemplate, and there could be no absolute proof that any site in Cumbria would be safe.
“The council resolved to support the proposal from Above Derwent and Seaton Parish Council and Cockermouth Town Council that West Cumbria should withdraw from the process.”