Cumbria councillors debate proposal for nuclear dump

Council leaders in Cumbria are deciding whether to rule out plans for a potential nuclear storage site in the North-West.

Protesters both for and against the government proposals gathered outside the council meeting to voice their views.

Anti-nuclear campaigners demonstrating outside the council meeting Credit: ITV Border

Three local authorities - Cumbria County Council and the borough authorities of Allerdale and Copeland - are to decide whether to sanction a more detailed study into the geological suitability of the area and thesocial and economic implications.

Currently the UK's nuclear waste is stored above ground, which is widely considered to be a temporary solution.

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Many nuclear workers, backed up by their unions, believe the storage site will bring jobs and prosperity to the region Credit: ITV Border