In a letter sent to Cumbria Trust the message is very clear:
“We wish to make clear that the National Trust remains strongly opposed to the creation of a geological disposal facility in the Lake District.
The Lake District is a special place of international importance and outstanding natural beauty. It is much loved by people across the world and receives over 15 million visits each year. The National Trust is proud to look after a fifth of the National Park area on behalf of the nation for ever and therefore we will oppose an underground nuclear waste store or seriously intrusive testing in the Lakes. As we hold land in the Lakes inalienably, for the permanent benefit of the nation as a whole, we would take any threat to this land extremely seriously.
We believe that the decision about where to store nuclear waste is one of national significance that must be made on the basis of the best information. The starting point should be geological and environmental suitability. Robust, broadly-based and transparent public consultation should be a major part of the decision-making process.
We are in the process of drafting our response to the DECC consultation and copies will be made available on our website from 5th December.”
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If you haven’t sent in your own response there is still time. We have published our own guide which can be used to formulate your response. Click here to see details.
“Cumbria Trust” is a trading name of The Cumbria Trust Limited which is a company limited by guarantee (registered number 8727682), the registered office of which is at 2, Merchant’s Drive, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 0JW.