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Cumbria County Council meeting begins

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.