Results of Baseline Survey

At last night’s South Copeland GDF Community Partnership meeting held in Millom and attended by about twenty members of the public, the results of the baseline survey the CP commissioned from an independent company Yonder were shared. The survey was conducted in two Copeland electoral wards (Millom and Black Combe and Scafell). It was a random survey which included 158 interviews and 20 x 30 minute conversations with residents. The purpose of a baseline survey is to find out at the beginning of a project the status of the subject. Here are some of the results:

  • 85% had heard about what was going on
  • 3/4 aware of the search area and Community Partnership
  • Half identified accurate description of GDF
  • 61% against the GDF being sited here (of whom many were strongly opposed)
  • 27% in favour
  • Reasons given why against: safety and security; environment; transportation; infrastructure
  • Wanting more independent information from experts on: safety; environment; waste transportation; economic impact; impact on future generations
  • 44% said they wanted the information from the Council and they wanted to know what the views of the Council are regarding the GDF for or against

In light of this several letters have been sent to Millom Town Council asking them to consider their position on the Partnership.