Tuesday, May 10, 2016

CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED NEW NUCLEAR BUILD AT MOORSIDE

NuGen is hosting 28 public drop-in sessions over the next 11 weeks to engage with local residents and businsses about the proposed new Nuclear Power stations at Moorside near Sellafield.

They begin at the Moorside Information Centre at Whitehaven Civic Hall, which opens at 10am on Saturday 14th May and will remains open (10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to noon on Saturdays) for the duration of the consultation.

After the launch day at the Moorside Information Centre, the following drop-in sessions will be held from 11am to 7.30pm:
  • Egremont Market Hall, May 17
  • The Whitelaw Building, St Bees, May 18, 
  • Beckermet Reading Rooms, May 19
  • Methodist Church Hall, Seascale, May 23, 
  • Gosforth Village Hall, May 24 
  • Cleator Moor Civic Hall, May 25
  • Muncaster Parish Hall, Ravenglass, June 1
  • Tarnside Caravan Park, Braystones, June 2
  • Mirehouse Community Centre, June 7
  • Westlakes Science Park, June 8 
  • Distington Community Centre, June 9
  • Mirehouse Labour Club, June 23
  • Energus, Lillyhall, July 6 
  • Millom Pensioner's Hall, July 13
  • Millstones Centre, Bootle, July 14
  • Moorside Information Centre, Whitehaven, July 27
This development is incredibly vital to the economy of both Britain and West Cumbria but of course it is also vital that infrastructure, community and environmental impacts and needs are fully discussed in an open and transparent manner and then addressed.

Fergus McMorrow, NuGen's planning lead in Cumbria, said:

"It is extremely important that everyone gets an opportunity to come and have their say.

“This consultation is the second of two public consultations. The first took place over 10 weeks from May 2015 and we welcomed over 1,800 people through the doors of our events.

"The second stage is an opportunity for the public to see how the project has developed, taking into account the feedback that we received last year.”
Included in the plans is likely to be further information on the layout of the site itself, plus its associated accommodation and transport schemes.

The project is set to have widespread impacts, with the potential for property and land to be compulsory purchased by the NuGen consortium to make way for developments.

Residents of areas including Parton, Hensingham and Thornhill could be affected by plans to widen the A595, while those in St Bees and Corkickle may be impacted by railway plans.

(Declaration of interest - I live in the Corkickle area though my home is unlikely to be affected.)

To house workers for the construction project, new accommodation is proposed to be built in the Mirehouse, Corkickle and Egremont areas, and a new train station is planned for Mirehouse.

Nugen hopes construction will begin on land next to Sellafield in 2020 and the first of the three reactors would go on stream four years later. A total of 21,000 jobs will be created during the lifetime of the plant.

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