SILLOTH SAYS NO TO NUKE DUMP

Criffel Street, Silloth
Criffel Street, Silloth

Silloth is one of the finest examples of a Victorian seaside resort in the North of England. Tourism is a major economic player, with dozens of large and small caravan parks located within 10 miles of the town centre. The town’s largest annual event is the award winning Solfest music festival.

Small wonder then that Silloth says NO to the government plan for a nuclear dump under this land

Resolution passed by Silloth Town Council 4th Sept 2012

SILLOTH TOWN COUNCIL REQUEST ALLERDALE BOROUGH COUNCIL EXECUTIVE AND
CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL CABINET TO WITHDRAW THEIR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST IN
SITING A NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY IN ALLERDALE AT THEIR SCHEDULED MEETINGS
OF THE 11 OCTOBER 2012.

WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE RIGHT OF WITHDRAWAL AT FUTURE STAGES IN THE
PROCESS.

WE BELIEVE THAT THE GEOLOGY OF THE SOLWAY PLAIN IS NOT SUITABLE FOR SUCH
AN UNDERTAKING.

IT APPEARS TO US THAT THERE IS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR OUR POSITION IN
THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE AND IN OTHER PARISHES ON THE PLAIN AS WELL AS IN
THE SOLWAY COAST AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY.

PLEASE DO NOT EXPOSE OUR PEOPLE TO FURTHER RISK AND WORRY BY CONTINUING.

One thought on “SILLOTH SAYS NO TO NUKE DUMP

  1. john haywood

    s you may be aware, there is considerable concern about the proposal to site high level nuclear waste in Cumbria. One of these proposed sites is in West Cumbria, around the Silloth area.

    Residents and businesses are concerned at the effects this will have on the tourist trade and quality of the environment in the area.

    If this proposal goes ahead, there would be an immediate effect on tourists visiting the area and residential and business properties prices would suffer severely from planning blight. From a health and safety point of view long term, the geological strata that these nuclear dumps are planned to be embedded in is considered very unsatisfactory by several eminent geologists. The area contains many fault lines which allows water to move around underground. Radioactivity leaking from any container would not be retained within the cavity, but would be transported in various directions by this water.

    Geologists agree that the ideal rock for any such repository needs to be hard, stable and free from faults. Whereas the rock/soil in Cumbria is porous, thin and full of faults, making it unsafe.

    Cumbria County Council and Allerdale Council will be taking decisive votes on the 11 October 2012 to decide whether to become further involved with the proposed development plans for the nuclear dump.

    Allerdale Council are holding a full Council Meeting on Wednesday 19September 2012 at 7.00pm at The Wave Centre, Maryport. This issue is not on the agenda, but Councillors can take questions from the public (for details contact sarah.harrington@allerdale.gov.uk).

    A report has been prepared by Allerdale senior executive officer Charles Holmes to brief the Council for the October 11th vote. This report will be available on the Allerdale website from September 20th.

    Concerned people will be attending the 19th September meeting to question and discuss the issues with their Councillors.

    Jonh Haywood.

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