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18th May 2015
NuGen has started its 10-week public consultation on the proposed Moorside Power Station with the first of 21 public exhibitions at the newly-opened Moorside Information Centre in Whitehaven’s Civic Hall.
More than 130 people attended the event on Saturday 16th May, which saw NuGen honour its commitment to open a town centre location and make it easier for local people to get involved in its first-stage public consultation on early plans for Moorside.
The Information Centre contains an exhibition area detailing NuGen’s early proposals for developing Moorside. It will remain open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday throughout the year, and between 10am and 12pm on Saturdays until 25th July 2015, when the consultation closes.
Sandy Rupprecht, CEO of NuGen, welcomed invited guests to an official opening of the exhibition ahead of the doors opening for the general public to come in and have their say.
He said: “The Moorside Project will have a positive transformational effect on the whole of Cumbria. The prospects for employment, skills development and involvement of local supply chain companies are considerable.
“How we take forward positive and sustainable transport, employment, supply chain, accommodation and construction solutions are of key importance locally. That is why we want to know the public’s point of view”.
Jamie Reed, newly re-elected MP for Copeland performed the opening with a ceremonial “switch-on” of the Civic Hall exhibition. He said: “I’m extremely pleased that NuGen has taken the step of opening this facility in the centre of Whitehaven, bringing the consultation to the people of West Cumbria and making it very easy for them to have their say.”
Dates for all the public exhibitions, along with the documents and materials for the consultation, are available on the consultation website: www.nugenconsultation.com. People can also use this website to register their interests and to ‘Have Your Say’.