Politicians, unions and business leaders have been highlighting plans to develop the West Cumbrian coast as a centre for energy generation. The reception was held at the Labour party conference in Manchester, and was led by West Cumbrian MPs Sir Tony Cunningham and Jamie Reed.
The idea of creating an 'Energy Coast' is not new. There are already plans for three major nuclear projects in West Cumbria. Unions at Sellafield are calling for these to begin as soon as possible in order to preserve jobs in the nuclear industry.
The Manchester gathering was told up to 3,000 jobs could be created over 15 years once Energy Coast is fully up and running. While much of the talk is around nuclear power, the aim is to attract other developments such as wind and biomass, making West Cumbria a northern hub for energy generation.