GDF working party: Drop in sessions announced- go along and have your say!

Pop-up events in Copeland on geological disposal
Copeland GDF Working Group is holding a series of pop-up events over the
next few weeks to continue the conversation about geological disposal and
what it could mean for Copeland.
A Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) is an underground facility designed to safely
and securely dispose of higher activity radioactive waste.
Members of the community are invited to drop-in and have a chat with the local
community engagement team, pick up a leaflet, ask a question or share views. The
informal events will take place in different areas of Copeland – limited to small
numbers to ensure Covid-safety and will operate within Government guidance.
They will be followed by a larger exhibition roadshow which the Working Group plans
to run during September.
Gillian Johnston, Copeland Working Group’s Community Engagement Manager,
“We’re looking forward to being able to speak face to face with people about what
geological disposal could mean for Copeland. The Working Group is here to help
inform people about GDF, listen to views and answer any questions people may
have. Come along and have a chat with the local team.”
The drop-ins are being held in the following locations:
 July 22 Cleator Moor Town Council offices, Market Square, 10am-3pm
 July 28 Thwaites Village Hall, 10am-3pm
 July 30 Cumbria Traders’ Day Market, St Nicholas’ Gardens, Whitehaven,
 Aug 5 Egremont Meeting Place, Methodist Church, 10am-3pm
 Aug 11 Seascale Library, 10am-3pm
 Aug 20 Millom Conservative & Unionist Club, Lapstone Road, 10am-3pm
 Aug 24 Former Belvoir shop, King Street, Whitehaven, 10am-3pm
The larger exhibitions are set to take place from September 1-17th around Copeland
and will feature information boards, interactive activities and experts in different
subjects to help answer questions.
As part of the process to find a site for a GDF in England or Wales, a Working Group
was formed in Copeland last November. It has three main tasks – begin to
understand community issues, examine any concerns and questions the public has
about a GDF; identify a search area or areas within Copeland and recruit initial
members for a Community Partnership which could take that work forward.
Construction of a GDF facility is based on consent – which means there must be a
suitable site and a willing community in order to proceed.
The Working Group is available to speak to groups, help to answer questions and
provide information. Please get in touch by email:
or telephone 0300 369 0000. For further information, see the website: where you can also sign up for a monthly
newsletter and please also visit the virtual exhibition:
Notes to editors
1. A GDF would be made up of highly engineered vaults and tunnels located deep underground
designed to protect people and the environment and keep the radioactive waste safe and secure
while the radioactivity naturally decays to safe levels.
2. Successive UK Governments, supported by scientific advice, agree that geological disposal is the
right long-term solution for our higher activity radioactive waste, and there is overwhelming
international consensus, with advanced programmes now underway in Canada, Finland, France,
Sweden, Switzerland and many other countries.
3. The independent Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) recommends that
geological disposal, coupled with safe and secure interim storage, is the best approach for the
long-term management of the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste.
4. The search for a host community is a nationwide process, construction is based on community
consent, and includes detailed investigations to make sure there is a suitable site to construct a
safe and secure GDF. If the independent regulators don’t agree that a GDF can be designed,
constructed and operated safely and securely then it won’t be built.
About the Copeland Working Group and the GDF siting process
The Working Group in Copeland is made up of individuals and organisations who asked RWM to
consider whether a GDF could be located in the area, an independent Chair, independent facilitator,
RWM, and others such as Local Authorities from the area. The group will begin local discussions and
fact-finding with the community.
Establishing a Working Group is just the starting point for engaging with the community, in a process
that will take several years. The Working Group will identify and propose a Search Area for further
consideration in the search for potentially suitable sites, engage citizens across the community to
begin to understand their views, and recruit initial members for a Community Partnership with RWM
that could take the process further forward.
For further information go to the website: Working Group Copeland
About RWM
Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), formed in 2014, is responsible for geological disposal to
manage higher activity waste in England and Wales by finding a willing community and suitable site to
construct and operate a UK GDF for the long-term management of higher-activity radioactive waste.
RWM is a public organisation and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning

Press release – Copeland GDF Working Group holds pop-up__ events

Egremont Town Council has launched its Margaret Woodburn Good Citizen Award- Do you know anyone in the community that you believe deserve to recognized for their community and individual work?

Egremont Town Council has launched its Margaret Woodburn Good Citizen Award-

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please do nominate a group or individual who you believe has or is making a difference to the Parish of Egremont.


Skirting & Whangs Beck: Orgill flood defense update

The Environment Agency is constructing a Flood Risk Management
Scheme in Egremont that consists of flood walls and embankments,
which will create storage areas. We are also helping to better protect a
number of properties through flood resistance measures. This Scheme
will better protect residential and business properties from flooding
and improve the local environment and community amenities. Some
of the benefits are;
Properties better
River improvements
to Black Beck
Properties protected
through Property Flood
Resistance measures
New trees planted – five
new trees planted for every
one removed
Hectares of habitat &
recreational space improved
Contact Us
Customer service 03706 506 506
Floodline 03459 881 188
Incident hotline 0800 80 70 60
Keep up to date in ‘your local area’
Key dates
Spring 2022
Construction starts on
Whangs Beck storage
Summer 2018
Contractor appointed
January 2020
Construction starts on West
Lakes Academy and Falcon
Club storage area
Skirting Beck complete
Winter 2019
Works begin in
Croadalla Ave area
Oct 2019
Planning permission
August 2021
Construction complete on
How Bank Farm storage
January 2020
Community Drop-In
Investment in Egremont
Skirting Beck and Whangs Beck
Our planning application for this Fl

Egremont Farmers fair trade Market: Friday June 18th

The Next Egremont Farmers fair trade Market will be held on –

Friday June 18th 

Egremont Market hall

opening at 09:30 and closing at 13:00

Local and Fair Trade Produce On Sale

One way system, social distancing and strict Hygiene Procedures In place

Market Details including ordering or delivery

contact Helen 07901790734

Announcement: The sad passing of former Mayor, Councillor & Town council Clerk Margaret Woodburn

It is with great sadness that Egremont town council announce the passing of Former Mayor, Councillor and Town council Clerk Margaret Woodburn.

Egremont Town Council would like to send its condolences to the family of Margaret Woodburn who recently passed away.

Margaret was the Clerk of the Town Council for nearly 40 years and made such a large contribution to the Council and the wider Egremont community, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO TELL US ABOUT EGREMONT – join our virtual workshops and have your say!

Cumbria County Council’s Copeland Area Support Team has worked with a range of local partners to create an Egremont Town Team, which includes representatives from the local community in Egremont, to develop a ‘place vision’ for Egremont. This aim of the new group is to:
• Attract new businesses to our town centre.
• Increase and retain our working age population.
• Raise the standard of the physical environment in our town.
• Increase the number of people living in and around Egremont.
• Deliver new jobs and opportunities for economic and social participation.
• Increase the number of visitors who spend time and money in Egremont.
We want to use the new place vision to build local pride and confidence in the town, and to help us further develop Egremont as we reignite our economy following the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to hear what makes you proud about Egremont, how you feel about the area and how you might like it to develop in the future.
By hosting two ‘virtual’ workshops and an online survey, we are seeking your insight, thoughts and knowledge to help shape a powerful vision for Egremont.
We will be hosting a ‘virtual’ morning workshop with residents, organisations and businesses representing the Egremont community, using the Zoom platform on May 19, 2021 09:00. Register in advance for this meeting here.
We will be also hosting a ‘virtual’ evening workshop with residents, organisations and businesses representing the Egremont community using the Zoom platform on May 18, 2021 18:00. Register in advance for this meeting here.…/tZUpf-GvrzgvEtc4jq0IUB_R8sf44…
If you would like to be involved, please register for a session and instructions on how to join the meeting, as well as further information will be sent to you.
You can also respond to an online survey to give us your feedback, which is available here.
The closing date for the survey is Friday 21 May 2021.
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Egremont Place Vision and Place Plan workshop. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
Your opportunity to tell us about Egremont. Join one of our ‘virtual’ workshops to have your say! Egremont Town Team are working to develop a place vision for Egremont. This will help us: • Attract new businesses to our towns and town centres. • Increase and retain our working age population…

Egremont Farmers market: Friday May 21st

The Egremont Farmers fair trade Market.

The latest market takes place a week a Friday – May 21st

In Egremont market hall from 0930 until 1300hrs.

Please come along and peruse what is on the 12 stalls that have many amazing things on offer.

Only 40 people allowed in the hall at any time.

Face coverings are mandatory.

A one way system is in place- all social distancing measures must be adhered to.

1 person in the male toilets- 2 in the female toilets at any time.

Whitehaven late night pharmacy: Empty capsule scheme

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We are collecting empty tablet strip packs. We are working in conjunction with TerraCycle who will convert the packaging into reuseable raw materials using its unique recycling process – preventing empty packs spending a lifetime in landfill. What’s more, we are supporting Cockermouth Mountain Rescue from each empty blister packet that gets recycled as part of the ‘Little Packs, Big Impact’ scheme. It’s easy – it’s free and it’s a double whammy – recycling and supporting a fantastic charity too. Can you help? Please start saving yours. It really is amazing as to how they add up very quickly. Bring them along and pop them into the recycling box in the pharmacy