West Cumbria Mining has always recognised the value and importance of the knowledge shared with us by the people living within the local community, including the mining history, heritage and local supply chain. As we move into the construction phase of the project, WCM would like to continue to involve the local community wherever possible, giving people the opportunities to voice their suggestions or concerns.
During the planning phase of the project, 43 public update event and drop-in sessions were held at the WCM Haig Office in Whitehaven, which gave people the chance to meet the team and ask any questions as well as an opportunity for WCM to get to know our neighbours better.
Feedback received at these events showed that there was an overwhelming positive response (98%) to our plans for Woodhouse Colliery. It also which demonstrated that most people in Whitehaven (an area with strong roots to the mining industry) and the surrounding area were strongly in favour of the mine, recognising the potential for substantial improvements in the local economy and employment prospects.
In March 2019, at the Cumbria County Council Development and Control planning meeting in Kendal, it was revealed that of the 779 letters received by the planning officers in relation to the WCM planning submission, almost 80% (621) were letters of support for the project, with the majority of these being from the local area.
The overwhelmingly positive and continued strong support from the local and wider community is very much appreciated by the West Cumbria Mining team.
WCM looks forward to continuing to engage directly with the local community through update events and the Local Liaison Group, both of which have been on hold during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Please click on the links below to register your interest in receiving further information on any of these areas of the project.