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29 July 2016

Local Committee chair responds to NuGen consultation response

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Following publication today by Cumbria County Council of its full response to the NuGen Stage 2 Consultation on the Moorside project, Cllr Frank Morgan, Chair of Copeland Local Committee has reiterated the council’s concerns following a discussion at today’s Local Committee meeting.

Cllr Morgan said:

“The local committee recognise the enormous economic benefits associated with the NuGen investment proposed at Moorside but the response provided by Cumbria County Council has clearly identified in section 12 that there are serious deficiencies in the evidence behind these proposals which must be addressed by NuGen before this development can progress.

“NuGen has a responsibility to ensure the necessary investment is made into the local infrastructure and community facilities in order to mitigate the impacts of their development.  At the moment their Consultation document has insufficient information for anyone to assess the true impact of their proposals.  We know there will be a significant call on local resources but without impact assessments, where and how this will appear is still an unknown.  It is incumbent upon NuGen to clearly identify the impact of their development on the county’s road network, health services and skills availability and then work with us to put in place proper mitigation which will have a lasting benefit.”
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Following publication today by Cumbria County Council of its full response to the NuGen Stage 2 Consultation on the Moorside project, Cllr Frank Morgan, Chair of Copeland Local Committee has reiterated the council�s concerns following a discussion at today�s Local Committee meeting.