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Allerdale GDF Community Partnership Hosting FREE Screening of Atom Movie

June 27, 2023

The Allerdale GDF Community Partnership is hosting a free screening of a documentary film about nuclear power, following its public meeting on Thursday 13th July at Parkway Cinema, Dunmail Park.

Written and directed by Vicki Lesley and narrated by Lily Cole, ‘The Atom: A Love Affair’ is a documentary shedding new light on the present and future of nuclear power by delving deep into the story of its past.

The film reveals the West’s rollercoaster love-hate relationship with nuclear power since the end of World War 2 and hears first hand from the scientists, engineers, politicians and campaigners who have navigated the complex passions and political imperatives of the Twentieth Century’s most controversial energy source.

The agenda for the public meeting will involve a short presentation to update attendees on Community Partnership business and an opportunity for questions from the public before the film begins.

Community Partnership Chair, Mary Bradley said:

“This is an extremely entertaining and thought-provoking documentary which provides a brief history of our relationship with nuclear power. It contains lessons from the past which are worth reflecting on today, as we consider whether a GDF would be right for Allerdale and whether Allerdale is right for a GDF.

“We hope that the film, in conjunction with our public meeting, will help to inform local people on the subject of nuclear waste and help them engage in the GDF process. Places for the screening are limited so we encourage everyone to reserve their place by registering for a ticket.”

Gordon Grant, who represents Nuclear Waste Services on the Community Partnership, said:

“The UK has supported nuclear activities on an industrial scale for more than 60 years.  The higher activity radioactive waste generated from all of that activity is currently safely stored in temporary surface facilities, but it all needs a permanent disposal solution.

“There is international consensus that geological disposal is that solution and the Allerdale GDF Community Partnership exists to facilitate a discussion with the local community to explore whether this area is the right place to build a GDF.

“Whatever our relationship with nuclear technology going forward, we have to deal with the higher activity radioactive waste that already exists today and so I would encourage all members of the local community to engage with the Community Partnership on this important discussion.”

The event starts at 6pm with a public meeting of the Allerdale GDF Community Partnership at Parkway Cinema, followed by a screening of ‘The Atom: A Love Affair’. A buffet will be provided, and you can register your free place here: