Managing Radioactive Waste Safely: Stage 1
The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership (of which Allerdale Borough Council is a member) is running an extensive programme of consultation with local people to help inform the decision whether or not to proceed to formal talks with government about the possibility of locating a geological disposal facility for the country's higher level radioactive wastes in West Cumbria.
There will be several rounds of public and stakeholder engagement prior to the decision to proceed with talks or not.
Round 1 took place between November 2009 and March 2010.
The partnership website (link at bottom of page) includes all details on how you can have your say.
Why We Are Consulting
To ensure the Partnership is able to make recommendations based on a robust understanding of public attitudes in relation to the various issues.
The Partnership has now completed its review of the first stage of its comprehensive public and stakeholder engagement (PSE) programme. This will lead to changes in the Partnership’s operation, its Work Programme and Public and Stakeholder Engagement activity over the next 12-18 months.
Feedback from the public and stakeholders raised many issues, which are addressed in the report, together with the Partnership's responses to them. Five key messages stand out. These are:
• Overcoming cynicism and gaining trust
• Clarifying decision making
• Being rigorous
• Striving to engage
• Securing community benefits
Full details of the five key messages and how they have effected the Partnership’s operation, its Work Programme and Public and Stakeholder Engagement activity can be found in the Public and Stakeholder Engagement Round 1 Report
- Public & Stakeholder Engagement Round 1 Report, 2.6 MB (PDF document)