West Cumbria Mining: Just The Job For You?
West Cumbria Mining is holding two days of events in March where members of the public can get an update on the progress of the Cumbrian Metallurgical Coal Project and pre-apply for over 500 jobs.
WCM will be submitting a planning application in the Spring so these events will be an opportunity for all to come and see the latest plans, talk to the staff about topics such as future employment, the planning application and the construction process.
You will also be able to find out more about the offshore drilling programme which will recommence in April. As at previous events, members of staff will be present, with specialisms including geology, mine design and the environment, to ensure that all questions can be addressed.
West Cumbria Mining Communications Manager, Helen Davies commented: “These update events will be our 5th full open weekend, alongside a significant programme of other public engagement. The team always look forward to seeing the hundreds of people who come for an update.
“Whilst the planning process makes no requirement for us to undertake consultation with the public, these events have given us fantastic opportunities for face-to-face discussion with people who live in the area and we like to think people have appreciated this as much as we have.”
As there is only a relatively short formal consultation period once we have submitted our planning application, West Cumbria Mining is keen to ascertain levels of support for the creation of the metallurgical (coking) coal mine.
The 650 plus, pre-registration forms that have been received for the jobs that would be created infers a high level of support but there will be opportunities for people to indicate their views on our proposal at the events.
The closing date for completing pre-registration forms has been extended until March 31 for those wishing to register their interest in future employment opportunities with West Cumbria Mining.
To date, the company has received feedback on a wide variety of topics including building design, railway use, parking and communications and this has all been read and taken on board, resulting in changes to aspects of the design and process.
West Cumbria Mining looks forward to welcoming people to their offices at Haig Museum between 10am and 4pm on Friday 3rd and Saturday March 4.