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Over 100 people attended autumn drop-in sessions

November 14, 2022

Thanks to everyone who came along to our drop-in events over four weeks in September/October to find out more about the Community Partnership and GDF.

The Community Engagement Team and Partnership members spoke to 118 people over the course of 11 drop-ins which were held across Mid Copeland including Seascale Library, Drigg & Carleton Village Hall, Beckermet Reading Rooms, Gosforth Public Hall, Calderbridge & Ponsonby Village Hall, Haile & Wilton Village Hall and Thornhill Social Club.

This is the third round of drop-ins/events which have been held by the Mid Copeland GDF Community Partnership in order to share information, answer questions, address concerns and talk about opportunities.

The main themes people were interested in discussing this time included a broad range – from geology and engineering to transport and jobs.

Gillian Johnston, Community Engagement Manager, said: “The drop-in events have seen a good turn-out of people interested in having conversations with the team on a wide variety of subjects in connection with the Partnership and geological disposal.

“Many people in this round of events (64%) had not been to see us previously so it was great to make new contacts and open up new discussions with people. Everyone was hugely respectful, whatever their viewpoint, and if we can’t answer something we will always get back to people.”

Here’s some feedback from Beckermet

For more information from the events click here

Dates for diaries – further events 

The Partnership’s Community Engagement Team is available to attend community events and give presentations/talks. They attend local drop-ins on a regular basis – so if you’d like the team to attend one of your events or set up a meeting, please do get in touch.

The team will be attending the Whitehaven Traders’ Fair on December 2 in St Nicholas’ Gardens, Whitehaven. We’re also looking forward to holding our next series of drop-ins in January and February – those who live in the electoral wards of Gosforth & Seascale and Beckermet will receive a leaflet through the door in early January.

Dates for diaries:

Wednesday, January 25: Beckermet Reading Rooms, 12-5pm;

Thursday, January 26: Seascale Library, 12-5pm;

Friday, January 27: Thornhill Social Club, 12-5pm;

Wednesday, February 1: Drigg and Carleton Village Hall, 1.30pm-5pm;

Saturday, February 4: Gosforth Public Hall, 10am-3pm;

Friday, February 10: Calderbridge and Ponsonby Village Hall, 12-5pm;

Saturday, February 11: Windscale Club, Seascale, 12.30-4pm;

Wednesday, February 15: Drigg and Carleton Village Hall, 12-5pm;

Thursday, February 16: Gosforth Public Hall, 1-5pm

We will then follow this up in March with some larger events where we plan to bring an example model of what a GDF could look like above ground, plus an interactive display board showing what a GDF could look like underground.