Protestors AGAINST the west Cumbria nuclear waste site have been telling ITV Border why they are against the proposed plans:
– Councillor Elaine Woodburn:
"It is proven not to be suitable I will fight like everybody else for it not to be built.
"Safety is the most important, but if the solution isn't right I will be the first to hammer on the door to say we don't want it. I think we've made the right decision to remain part of it."
Allerdale has been ruled out the search for an underground nuclear waste store.
Cumbria County councillors made the decision after hearing that people in Allerdale did not support the plans.
Copeland Borough Council's executive have decided in favour to go through to the next stage and look for a site.
However, they must also have a yes vote from Cumbria County Council.
Motion to continue to Stage 4 carried 6-1.
A passionate speech has been made from Councillor Woodburn about the National Park.
– Councillor Elaine Woodburn
"I will take this time to clarify that if we take the decision to go forward it will include all of Copeland, including the National Park.
"We will look at Stage 4 potentially excluding areas but there has to be good reason to take an area out."
Protestors FOR the west Cumbria nuclear waste site have been telling ITV Border why they are in favour of the proposed plans:
Councillor Elaine Woodburn has responded to questions regarding the suitability of geology in west Cumbria:
– Councillor Elaine Woodburn
"It's a fair nervousness that everybody has but there is no evidence to say that the area is unsuitable but there is also no evidence that it is suitable.
"We will only know if we go forward. And it is looked at indepth.
"Information at this stage is just not available."
Protestors for and against the proposed nuclear waste site are gathering outside of the Cumbria County Council meeting in Carlisle city centre.
The Cumbria County Council meeting to discuss whether to go to the next stage of plans for an underground nuclear waste store in Cumbria has started.
The council leader Eddie Martin has told the meeting that he will allow one hour of questions.
He also said that councillors have faced unfair and personal campaigning from some people involved in the debate.
The first member of the public to speak was Ronald Stirzaker of Radiation Free Lakeland who handed in a petition against the idea of going to the next stage of the process.
Ms Lyn Walby from the 'NO Ennerdale Nuclear Dump' campaign group is addressing the council executive.
Ms Walby is asking Copeland to say no.
She is pointing out that 21,000 people have signed an online petition to say they do not want the Lake District to be considered as a potential site.
NO Ennerdale Nuclear Dump believe where nuclear waste should be buried is a national issue not a local one.
Council leader Elaine Woodburn says they will take into consideration not only the final report from the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership but all of the letters from members of the public living in Copeland.