Kirksanton is situated on a coastal strip between the Irish Sea and mountains of the Lake District National Park. Kirksanton has a dynamic and diverse environment laid down by retreating glaciers thousands of years ago. The shore line is constantly reworked by the tides providing a diversity of environment, social and economic lifestyles.
Kirksanton is special. Everyone who lives and works in and around the village is aware of its beauty, charm and international importance. We have Special Protection Areas (SPA), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and our wetland is one of international importance (Ramsar). All of these areas are accessible via footpaths and rights of way through and around the village.
Kirksanton village itself is just metres from the National Park boundary. It has the feel of a bygone age, unclassified road access, quiet low intensity agriculture, a village green, village pub and some 48 properties that lie alongside miles of hedgerow with the associated wildlife corridors, mixed areas of reeds and damp stunted woodlands and finally low grassy sand dunes. The tranquillity is something special to appreciate and rarely found in modern England. The stillness and peace is beyond description, often not another soul in sight.
We, the residents of Kirksanton along with the visitors who choose to holiday here, have always considered this village and coastline to be a unique hidden gem of Cumbria.
But, today we find ourselves, our livelihoods and environment on the brink of ruin.
The proposal is to take away Layriggs farm and land totalling some 324 acres and build a nuclear power station on the site. Imagine this: the farm is the entire backdrop to all the properties within the village. There would be loss of agriculture, wild flowers and hedgerows. Wildlife corridors would disappear; there would be no more nature watching and conservation, no more access to the beach and the hard won Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 would not apply here.
This would happen all in the national interest to supply power into the national grid. We do not have an adequate grid infrastructure here but the Department of Energy and Climate Change believes there are only ten suitable sites in the country where this can be done.
A signature from the secretary of state to the Infrastructure Planning Committee is enough to make a mockery of the SPA, SAC, SSSI and Ramsar sites, allegedly!
To appreciate and support our Hidden Gem, we welcome you to Kirksanton. Please follow the links on the home page to find out more.