In his statement about Community Partnerships dated 22nd November Councillor Moore, Copeland Borough Council says:
“What we provide in the Community Partnership is a dispassionate, measured consideration of the facts so we can give our community credible evidence and real information. We want you to be fully informed about what is going on. This is a long-term process, and we are only at the very start of it. The Community Partnerships are doing what they can to help people get the information they need about what hosting a GDF would mean – the positive impacts and the negative.”
I contacted South Copeland GDF Community Partnership to ask when is Councillor Moore (Community Partnerships) going to tell the community what the negative impacts of hosting a GDF are?
Their response was to direct me to two government documents from 2019, in particular section 5 Impacts from National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure.
WOW, this is what helping people to get the negative impacts of hosting a GDF is?
The response also said: “We are at a very early stage of the siting process and the maturity of the GDF design reflects this, so at this point we are really only talking about generic impacts (available via the NPS above). As we progress our site evaluation work, we will engage via the Community Partnership to understand the community’s views and concerns about more localised impacts.”
Well, they have engaged with the community in South Copeland via a Baseline Survey. In his statement in response to the findings, Councillor McGrath, chair of the South Copeland GDF Community Partnership, said, “We are listening to everyone’s views, and we will continue to do so…” If you are listening to everyone’s views why are you continuing to look at siting a GDF in the Millom/Haverigg/Kirksanton area when the survey clearly shows the majority of the community here do not want it?
How’s about letting the community know what the generic negative impacts are of hosting a GDF?