A Lincolnshire village has been invaded by nuclear themed scarecrows this Halloween weekend.
The Guardians of the East Coast group, who are campaigning against a proposed geological disposal facility in Theddlethorpe, organised the competition which saw local residents create scarecrows to “represents the impact of a Nuclear dump on our coast and community”.
The winners of the competition were Maggie Loy, David Deekens and Hannah Goodley-Jones, taking home £50, £30, and £20 respectively.
A spokesman for GOTEC said: “We’ve been blown away by the standard of the entries for our first anti nuclear scarecrow competition and choosing the winners wasn’t easy.
“We’d like to thank all who took part, raising awareness in a fun way. Let’s hope it doesn’t need to become an annual event.”
Radioactive Waste Management is exploring the possibility of using the village’s nearby gas terminal as an entry site to a nuclear storage facility.
Around 10% of the UK’s nuclear waste needs to be disposed of in more secure ways for thousands of years, and the GDF would aim to do that through a mix of engineered and natural barriers between 200 to 1,000 metres underground.
A working group was recently set up after agreement from Lincolnshire County Council – and East Lindsey District Council’s executive committee is due to follow-suit on Wednesday. Protesters are planning to attend the meeting to let their feelings be known.
The working group will take six to 12 months to carry out its initial processes, which will include starting conversations with local communities and identifying a search area to undertake feasibility studies.
Below are some of the entries to the competition, used with permission of GOTEC.