The Partnership held a major public consultation which ran from 21st November 2011 to 23rd March 2012. The consultation asked for public and stakeholder views on the Partnership's initial opinions about the key issues relating to a potential repository for higher activity radioactive waste in West Cumbria.
This helped to shape the advice the Partnership has given to the three Councils in its Final Report, to help inform the Councils' decisions about whether to take part in the search for a site for a repository or not. All of the responses that were made can be viewed on the Consultation submissions pages. A summary of the consultation submissions can be found in the Partnership's PSE3 Report.
The Partnership produced a consultation document outlining its initial opinions on the key issues that it looked into during the course of its work. A large amount of information was condensed into the consultation document, and it was therefore primarily aimed at people who were keen to spend some time getting to grips with the issues involved.
To make it easier to understand, the Partnership also produced an accompanying DVD and an eight-page overview document summarising some of the issues in the full consultation document. All of these materials can be downloaded/viewed by clicking on the links below.
A wide range of activity took place during the consultation to enable people to find out more and ask questions. This included:
A public opinion survey took place between 8th March and 16th May 2012 to test public opinion in a statistically representative way. The results of the opinion survey were announced at the 22nd May 2012 Partnership meeting. The presentation from the polling company Ipsos MORI can be viewed here. The full report can be viewed here.
The public opinion survey was essential to understanding public views on the MRWS process in a statistically representative way. The Partnership therefore took the unusual step of publishing the draft questionnaire for public comment between 6th and 20th February 2012. A summary response document addressing the issues that were raised is published as Document 251.1. This document also contains details of the final questionnaire that was used in the opinion survey.
The results of the opinion survey should be considered alongside the responses to the consultation. All of the submissions that were made can be viewed by visting the Consultation submissions pages.