Who Will Protect Us from the World’s Nuclear Heritage Site ?

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Dear Friends,

This Monday Prince Charles will be visiting the Lake District to unveil a plaque to the Lake District World Heritage Site.

CALL OUT –  MEET OUTSIDE KESWICK THEATRE BY THE LAKE TO JOIN US in leafleting and asking the question: who will protect us from the terrible Nuclear Heritage that we can see unfolding before our eyes? 

We will be meet outside the Theatre by the Lake on 26th March from 9am and be leafleting to 11am.  Its short notice but it would be good to see like minded people who want to protect Cumbria from the terrible Nuclear Heritage.

A letter has been sent to Prince Charles…

Dear Prince Charles,

On Monday 26th March in Keswick you will be attending the celebration of the Lake District’s new World Heritage Status.

We are a volunteer nuclear safety group in Cumbria and we are very concerned about Cumbria and Lakeland’s nuclear heritage. The word heritage usually means a gift handed down to future generations. In the case of accumulating and very long lived nuclear wastes it is a curse and one that shows no signs of stopping any time soon with the plan for new nuclear build and dispersal of nuclear wastes to our land, rivers and sea through “decommissioning” and “geological disposal.”

We can see Cumbria is becoming the World’s Nuclear Heritage Site. This is rarely acknowledged by the press and is actively encouraged by the same high status people who have pushed for the Lake District to become a World Heritage Site. Richard Leafe of the Lake District National Park Authority stated to the Select Committee on new nuclear build in 2009 that : We’ll have to find a way of getting the temporary workers to release some of their adrenaline in the Lake District National Park at the weekends”.

Lord Clark, a director of Sellafield Ltd, is on a salary ‘not in the public domain’ while also serving as chair of the Lake District National Park Partnership. Partnership meetings chaired by Lord Clark reveal a bias as he talks up the safety and economic importance of Sellafield and new nuclear developments while playing down the damage.   Under his chairmanship the LDNPA Partnership SUPPORTS dangerous new build on the river Ehen floodplain just 700 metres from the Primary School at Beckermet. Lord Clark also told me personally that he is in full support of geological disposal of nuclear wastes under Cumbria.

This is a terrible legacy, a terrible nuclear heritage. Today is World Water Day. There is not enough fresh water in Cumbria to cool the heels of ever increasing and ever hotter nuclear wastes.

Please accept this small gift of a hand drawn map which is ‘A Pictorial Guide to the Lake District, World Nuclear Heritage Site.

Yours faithfully,


Marianne Birkby

On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland


Extract from the 2009 Select Committee

Q64 Chairman: Okay. What about the impact of large numbers of male temporary workers coming in? What kind of impact will they have on the region? I was once in Portsmouth on a Saturday night when the fleet came in, and it was not a pretty sight. I just wonder how that would impact on the region as a whole and how people would respond to it.

Fergus McMorrow: You are absolutely right. That is potentially a major social issue for us. I know that we have had workshops on what the impact of that issue might be. The police would say that there is potentially an issue there. It is thought that if development took place, there would be a lot of males in the area during the week looking for something to do in the evening. There would be more pressure on town centre life, if you like.

Our task is really to plan very well for what is happening, to try to ensure, as far as we can, that local people get access to the employment, ideally by encouraging the proper phasing of the developments against change in employment at Sellafield and making sure that we have the proper retraining in place, as well as by ensuring that we are integrating temporary accommodation with the community rather than having great encampments of contractors. So we need quite an integrated planning approach. That will take quite a lot of resource, effort and time and I think that that is an issue for us.

If we are going to do it effectively-if it’s going to work-we need to engage as a local authority in all these issues and work in tandem with the developer and the Infrastructure Planning Commission to make sure that we’re addressing them properly. At the end of the day, success will depend on what effort goes into proper local planning of the facilities and the impacts.

Richard Leafe: We’ll have to find a way of getting the temporary workers to release some of their adrenaline in the Lake District national park at the weekends.


Q65 Chairman: You have a particular concern about the whole of the national park. There must be an impact with all those temporary workers and all that additional money.

Richard Leafe: I think that’s largely for the communities in which they’re based, but I’m saying there may be a safety valve here in physical recreation-outdoor recreation-in the park. That might help.

3 thoughts on “Who Will Protect Us from the World’s Nuclear Heritage Site ?

  1. A great post Marianne. I am hoping the good prince frames your map and places it on a wall on which his eyes often rest. Continuing strength and energy to you in your work for present and future generations.

  2. Pingback: World Heritage Sham

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