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King William IV Free House (geograph 4226878).jpg
King William IV Free House, Kirksanton
Kirksanton is located in Cumbria
Kirksanton shown within Cumbria
OS grid reference SD139807
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MILLOM
Postcode district LA18
Dialling code 01229
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°12′54″N 3°19′12″W / 54.215°N 3.320°W / 54.215; -3.320Coordinates: 54°12′54″N 3°19′12″W / 54.215°N 3.320°W / 54.215; -3.320

Kirksanton is a village on the A5093 road, in Copeland Borough, in the county of Cumbria. Nearby settlements include the town of Millom and the villages of Silecroft and Whicham. The name Kirksanton is in reference to the Gaelic Irish saint Santán (sometimes "Sanctán").

In April 2009, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband included Kirksanton in a list of eleven potential new nuclear power plants.[1] The site was ruled out by the new government's Energy Secretary Chris Huhne in October 2010 when the list of potential sites was reduced to eight – Braystones the only other potential new nuclear site at the time, was subsequently rejected also.[2]

Kirksanton has a low population density and is surrounded by some of the finest fells in England.

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  1. ^ Black, Richard (15 April 2009). "New nuclear site options unveiled". BBC News. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Nuclear power: Eight sites identified for future plants". BBC News. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010.