The general consensus of those attending the first public consultation workshop was very positive. Everyone largely felt that the event had been helpful in building a better understanding of the issues, and that it would help improve the quality of their responses to the consultation. The event attracted a broad range of interests, including engineering and construction sectors, broader business groups, trades unions, local authorities, conservationists and anti-nuclear campaigners. The notable omission was anyone from community or place-based organisations. This is not for the want of trying, as GDFWatch knows well because we are at the forefront of reaching out to the sector. Hopefully there will be greater representation of these groups at the regional events around the country that BEIS is organising during March — and we will be continuing to encourage community groups to attend.
GDF Watch 25th Jan 2018 read more »