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You are invited to join The Big Picture

February 8, 2023

People are being given the opportunity to find out more about geological disposal and ask questions, at a series of film themed events called The Big Picture.

The Q&A style events will be taking place to continue discussions and provide information to show what is involved in geological disposal and in the process of exploring the potential for hosting a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) in the area.

A team of geologists, engineers, and nuclear and environmental scientists will be on hand to chat to people and answer their questions, to help them understand what geological disposal is.

The events are being offered to residents by the Theddlethorpe GDF Community Partnership, to encourage people in the area to come forward, ask questions and find out more about what a GDF could mean for the community.

A GDF is an underground facility designed to dispose of higher activity radioactive waste safely and securely. The Community Partnership is a group made up of local people, local authorities, and NWS, (the GDF developer), to consider the potential of hosting a GDF within the identified Search Area, that includes the electoral wards of Withern and Theddlethorpe and Mablethorpe.

Jon Collins, Interim Chair of the Theddlethorpe GDF Community Partnership, said:

“These are our first community events this year aimed at continuing a conversation with local people about what a GDF is and what it could mean for the local area. Responding to feedback and requests for events and information, the Partnership are keen to make sure people have their concerns and questions answered at events like these throughout the year.

“Ultimately it will be local people living in the area around any eventual development, that will decide in future, whether or not a GDF is built here. However, before the question is asked and the decision made, the Partnership aims to ensure that the community has all the information it needs to make that an informed decision, based on the facts.”

People attending The Big Picture will be able to view a selection of short films, then take the time to speak with a team of experts and have the chance to get answers to their questions and further information on the GDF project.

A model of what the GDF surface site could look like will be on display, alongside items of interest such as fuel rods, and geological rock samples, plus maps and information boards, where people can post comments and questions on key topics.

The Big Picture events were piloted last year at the Coastal Centre in Mablethorpe, and local groups were invited to attend this new style of event. Following positive feedback, more of these events are now being made available at other venues across the area, to enable more people to take part.

Big Picture events are taking place on the following days:

Films will start showing promptly at 6pm or 12 noon and people need to arrive beforehand.

These events are structured with timed activities and are not drop in events. There will be time before the films and Q&A begin, to speak to the team and look at the information on offer.

Thursday 23 February 5pm – 8pm
Withern Village Hall, Alford Road, Withern, LN13 0NF

Friday 24 February 5pm – 8pm
Theddlethorpe Village Hall, Silver Street, Theddlethorpe St Helen, LN12 1PA

Saturday 25 February 11am – 2pm
Trusthorpe Village Hall, Sutton Road, Trusthorpe, LN12 2GN

Tuesday 7 March 5pm – 8pm
Aby Village Hall School Lane, Aby, LN13 0DL

Wednesday 8 March 5pm – 8pm
Louth Town FC, Marshlands, Main Road, Saltfleetby, Louth, LN11 7SS

Friday 10 March 5pm – 8pm
Grimoldby & Manby Village Hall, Tinkle Street, Grimoldby, Louth, LN11 8SW

Saturday 11 March 11am – 2pm
Saltfleet Social Centre, Sea Lane, Saltfleet, LN11 7RP

For further information visit the Community Partnership website:

The GDF, is a multi-billion-pound infrastructure project of national importance. It cannot be built without a suitable site and a willing community, and it is important for people to understand what a GDF could mean for the area, to be able to make informed decisions.