With the deadline for responses to the Government’s two GDF consultations approaching, it appears that there is a lot of discussion around three particular areas: the role of Local Authorities; earlier funding for community engagement; readiness of RWM to engage with communities. That is not to say there are not a wider range of issues under discussion, and BEIS have now published FAQ sheets in response to a number of common and recurring questions raised at their regional consultation workshops. The Working With Communities FAQ sheet produced by BEIS can be found by clicking on the link, and the National Policy Statement FAQ sheet can be accessed here. A number of organisations, eg the Cumbria Trust, Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) and Barlow Geosafety have already published their responses to the Working With Communities consultation. There are significant similarities between the Cumbria Trust and NFLA responses, expressing concerns that the process is potentially undemocratic by locking communities into a process from which they cannot actually escape. Such concerns are not shared by Barlow Geosafety, which has the exact opposite worry that Local Authorities may have a ‘veto’ which would undermine the democratic principles of community consent.
GDF Watch 15th April 2018 read more »