NuGen’s second-stage public consultation on plans to build the Moorside nuclear power station visited key workplace locations in the region, with the aim of allowing busy working people the chance to “Have Their Say”.

“The Moorside consultation exhibition rolled in to Westlakes Science Park, Energus, and on-site in the canteen at Sellafield” (Images courtesy of Sellafield Ltd).
“The Moorside consultation exhibition rolled in to Westlakes Science Park, Energus, and on-site in the canteen at Sellafield” (Images courtesy of Sellafield Ltd).

As part of the 11-week consultation, which closes on 30th July, the Moorside consultation exhibition rolled in to Westlakes Science Park, Energus, and on-site in the canteen at Sellafield.

The workplace events were designed to reach as many people as possible to encourage them to get engaged with the consultation, and to put their views forward as part of the process.

The events attracted a wide-range of people who otherwise might not have been able to make it to other consultation events, even though they remain open until 7.30pm.

NuGen’s Head of Corporate Communications, John McNamara, said the events had drawn praise from local people glad of the opportunity to get involved and have their say.

“Although most of our events are in town centres, and open from 11am until 7.30pm, we wanted to put extra events on at the workplace so people busy at work could have easy access to a consultation.”

“This provides working people with a convenient alternative and makes getting involved in the consultation, and commenting on our proposals for Moorside, as easy as possible.”

The workplace consultation at Energus was visited by members of the Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) Business Cluster, as the event was timed to coincide with their monthly meeting. Students and apprentices at Energus also came to the consultation event during their lunch break or as part of their lessons, accompanied by their tutors. A delegation of pupils from the University Technical College (UTC) next door to Energus also visited during the day.

John McNamara added: “The on-site event at Sellafield was also a huge success thanks to the management who gave NuGen permission and facilitated a consultation exhibition being set up in the site’s main canteen. We are very grateful for the cooperation shown by Sellafield, and for the excellent input from their knowledgeable workforce.”

During the workplace consultations more than 450 people engaged face-to-face with NuGen on their plans. At the half-way stage of this consultation more than 2,000 people had taken part – beating the total of 1,800 for the entire first-stage consultation last year.

Now there is just a handful of consultation events left, including:

  • Tues 12th July Kendal Town Hall, Kendal, LA9 4DL
  • Wed 13th July Millom Pensioner’s Hall, Mainsgate Road, Millom LA18 4JZ
  • Thurs 14th July Bootle Millstones, Conservation and Energy Centre, Bootle, LA19 5TJ
  • Tues 19th July Wigton Market Hall, Church Street, Wigton, CA7 9AA
  • Wed 20th July Carlisle Merlot Suite, Hallmark Hotel, Court Square, Carlisle, CA1 1QY
  • Thurs 21st July Penrith Masonic Hall, 6 Portland Place, Penrith CA11 7QN
  • Wed 27th July Whitehaven, Moorside Information Centre, Civic Hall, Lowther Street, Whitehaven CA28 7SH

The Moorside Information Centre is also open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and between 10am-12pm on Saturdays, up until the close of the consultation on 30th July.

Members of the public can also Have Their Say on plans for Moorside online by visiting www.nugenconsultation.com by leaving comments at HaveYourSay@nugenconsultation.com.