Dear Mr Samson: NuGen’s Moorside Project and Public Consultations. We note that it is now 11 months since the end of NuGen’s Stage 2 Public Consultation and that the promised Feedback Report has not yet appeared. Whilst acknowledging that the consultation carried more detailed data and drew significantly more responses than its Stage 1 predecessor – for which a Feedback Report was published just 4 months after that consultation ended – we nevertheless consider the delay in producing either the interim report – promised ‘within a few weeks’ in August last year (NuGen News Release 31.8.16) – or a final report on the Stage 2 consultation, to be unwarranted.Whilst we also acknowledge that the overall process of consultation has been significantly blown off course by the ‘shareholder and vendor challenges and ongoing investment uncertainties’ that you describe as facing the Project. We believe however that such matters should not have compromised NuGen’s professional and administrative ability to compile and publish the Stage 2 Feedback Report by now, and find the failure hard to reconcile with NuGen’s view that ‘consultation and engagement with the community is an important part of building a sustainable project’ on the basis that ‘openness and transparency about our plans is the key to building trust’ (NuGen Proposed Scheme document, May 2016).
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