The information centre will play a key role in the forthcoming public consultation around NuGen’s proposed Moorside Project – and will be the company’s second location in the area along with its long-established office at Westlakes Science Park.
NuGen’s public consultation will focus on local people having their say on early proposals to build three AP1000® reactors to the north and west of the Sellafield complex.
The Moorside Information Centre, which will be opened in time for the launch of the 10-week public consultation in mid-May, will include a staffed, continuous exhibition where visitors will be able to access information about the Moorside Project, ask questions and register their comments.
Sandy Rupprecht, NuGen’s Chief Executive, said: “It has long been our commitment to have a presence in Whitehaven town centre, in order to engage with the local community about our proposals, and help them to have their say.”
“The Moorside Information Centre will be a visible fixture in the town and somewhere our stakeholders can come and find out more about Moorside, and speak to a NuGen team member about the project.”
Elaine Woodburn, Leader of Copeland Borough Council said: “It is great news that we’re now able to let more space in ‘the Civic’ – and, importantly, bring in more income from the building. The location is a great one for NuGen and, for the
community. It will be an accessible place for them to become involved in the consultation around nuclear new-build.”
David Moore, Opposition Leader for Copeland Borough Council said: “It is excellent to see the Civic Hall being utilised and generating an income for the Borough again. The building lends itself to NuGen’s plans for an information and exhibition space, and having NuGen staff in the town centre will mean another welcome boost for Whitehaven businesses. We’ve already seen traders take advantage of increased foot fall from Albion Square workers and we hope it will continue.”
Further details about the Information Centre will be outlined in NuGen’s ‘Statement of Community Consultation’ (SoCC), which is currently out for review with the local authorities, and is due to be made public later in April.
NuGen has also announced the launch of its consultation website – and is urging Cumbrians to “Have Your Say”. The first consultation newsletter has been posted to the website, and other key documents will follow, including NuGen’s full consultation document and associated information. The public can register now at www.nugenconsultation.com.
Full details of some 20 Moorside public consultation events, taking place in locations across Cumbria, will also be announced in due course.