Despite there being no statutory requirements for a consultation period for this project, WCM recognises the value of the knowledge of the local people, about mining history and their local environment, and would like to involve as many as possible.
WCM aims to give everyone who has an opinion on the mine an opportunity to share that with us. So far, two large-scale public open days have been held, as well as smaller one-on-one sessions with the team based in Whitehaven. Feedback forms have been issued at these events, with the results being overwhelmingly positive and demonstrating that the majority are in favour of the mine being established because of the potential improvements in the local economy and prospects. WCM has created a Statement of Community Involvement which sets out our plans, and can be read here.
We understand that a project of this scale may create some reservations; we want to give opportunities for these to be shared, so that plans can be developed to resolve them.