Mike Starkie – elected Mayor of Copeland: AT the end of July Copeland Borough Council submitted its response to the second stage of the NuGen Consultation. The response document is very detailed and a huge amount of work has gone in to producing an extensive report which can be viewed in full on the CBC website or through a link on the Elected Mayor Facebook page. Copeland remains supportive of the NuGen project but we are determined that as it progresses it delivers the community benefits to which we are entitled and that potential impacts are minimised, at the moment we feel there is a significant lack of detail and it is something we will work hard with NuGen to address. Socio-economics and community benefits is and has been a topic of much conversation in this borough as we are host to Sellafield Ltd and the highest hazard site in Europe. The recent national press about financial compensation being offered to those living in proximity to fracking sites has brought this to the fore again. We have been working extremely hard with all our nuclear partners to establish a new relationship based on openness and trust and will endeavour to continue to work in partnership to ensure all of Copeland benefits from having the Nuclear Industry on our doorstep.
NW Evening Mail 19th Aug 2016 read more »