Mayor calls for public meetings after NuGen letters


By Ken Powell

Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie has called for two public meetings to be held on Wednesday 6 April after letters sent out by NuGen caused “unnecessary worry”.

Residents of areas including Mirehouse, Corkickle, Egremont and Beckermet recieved letters from NuGen concerning their properties in areas under consideration for some of the off-site developments for transport and housing. Many residents contacted Mayor Starkie alarmed at questions about mortgage arrangements and mention of ‘compulsory purchase orders’.

Mayor Starkie said: “The council were not aware these letters would be going out,” adding that residents were given deadlines for responding “which was understandably unnerving.”

The Mayor immediately contacted NuGen’s CEO, Tom Samson, to discuss the matter and arrange public meetings as quickly as possible. Mayor Starkie said: “I am pleased to say he has accepted. He will be at both meetings and I will be able to ask him the many questions people have already emailed me. It’s a chance for NuGen to allay fears and give people much more information about their plans and what stage they are at. I hope everyone who has had a letter, or who may live nearby and be concerned, can make it to one of the meetings.”

Speaking to the Egremont 2Day, Mayor Starkie added: “These meetings will give residents the opportunity to asks questions and we will make sure all the questions asked and answers given will be put into the public domain.” The Mayor was at pains to point out that the development plans are still in the consultation process and that “the vast majority of people won’t be affected.

NuGen has acknowledged that mistakes were made in how residents were communicated with and has apologised.

The meetings on Wednesday 6 April will follow a drop-in information session run by NuGen at Mirehouse Labour Club from 1.30pm until 6pm. Concerned members of the public are encouraged to attend at one of the following:

  • Egremont Cricket Club from 4pm until 5.30pm
  • Mirehouse Labour Club from 6pm until 7.30pm