Investment in south and west Cumbria is a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity say MPs John Woodcock and Jamie Reed

The Westmorland Gazette: John Woodcock MP John Woodcock MP

TWO Cumbrian MPs are to host a special conference to help businesses and communities gear up for the ‘Olympic-scale’ industrial investment planned for the south and west of the county over the next decade.

John Woodcock and Jamie Reed said the area must ‘work together’ more closely in order to deliver successfully and maximise lasting benefit from the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ investment totalling more than the cost of the entire 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games build programme.

Development plans include:

  • Construction of three new nuclear reactors at Moorside.
  • £350m investment at GSK in Ulverston.
  • £300m expansion of the Barrow shipyard so it can build the Vanguard successor submarine.
  • Wind turbines and gas platforms in Morecambe Bay.
  • £1.7bn per year decommissioning process of parts of the Sellafield site.

Working with the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the conference will bring together investors, employers, schools, colleges and councils to discuss how best to meet the challenge of delivering such massive expansion and ensuring that the investment maximises sustained jobs, skills and prosperity for Cumbria.

Mr Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, said: “The once-in-a-lifetime level of investment into this part of Cumbria is hugely exciting but we need to plan much more actively to avoid multi-billion pound bottlenecks that could hamper these nationally important projects. Equally, we must plan now avoid the mistakes of the past so the coming boom brings sustained benefit to the whole community, parts of which are currently suffering more despite parts of the economy succeeding.“

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Mr Reed, MP for Copeland, said: “This conference could provide a great opportunity to bring together everyone with an interest in spreading the prosperity that the investment can bring as widely as possible.”

George Beveridge, chairman of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is an incredible time to be in Cumbria and we are determined to make the forthcoming era of investment a great success.

“The critically important projects on our south and west coasts is central to the county’s strategic economic vision and we are looking forward to bringing people together at this conference to pool our expertise and plan for our amazing future.”

The date of the conference has yet to be released.

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7:27pm Mon 31 Mar 14

marianneb says...

Chilling beyond Chiling. The footprint of Sellafield would be more than doubled along with the terrorist target. But then who needs terrorists when the industry is releasing radioactive effluent to Groundwaters, to air and to sea. Only 15 % of all nuclear materials worldwide are used for civilian purposes, the rest is for military purposes and the next generation of nuclear weapons would be well served with the UKs insane new build programme. The deer at Sellafield are well aware that there is no closed season when it comes to nuclear.... Call it "welfare" ...call it "once in a lifetime opportunity"
Chilling beyond Chiling. The footprint of Sellafield would be more than doubled along with the terrorist target. But then who needs terrorists when the industry is releasing radioactive effluent to Groundwaters, to air and to sea. Only 15 % of all nuclear materials worldwide are used for civilian purposes, the rest is for military purposes and the next generation of nuclear weapons would be well served with the UKs insane new build programme. The deer at Sellafield are well aware that there is no closed season when it comes to nuclear.... Call it "welfare" ...call it "once in a lifetime opportunity" marianneb
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1:43am Tue 1 Apr 14

twitchy says...

Who do these Cumbrian MPs think they represent? The nuclear industry on the west coast IS the problem NOT the solution. The bulk of the monies will go to the foriegn companies to build more unaffordable, unsustainable nuclear reactors. There will be no 'bonanza' just more contamination to air, sea and groundwater and more waste for which there is no solution.
If any of this mattered to the two nuclear 'poster boys' they would insist that notices warning their constituents of radioactive particles on the beaches are displayed and maintained, but in common with the nuclear industry the supreme arrogance and utter indifference shown to the people living with the most poisonous substance known to man beggars belief.
I hope countries like Ireland that have also received the radioactive contamination sue the UK and close the nuclear industry down, before it bankrupts the country and poisons us all.
Who do these Cumbrian MPs think they represent? The nuclear industry on the west coast IS the problem NOT the solution. The bulk of the monies will go to the foriegn companies to build more unaffordable, unsustainable nuclear reactors. There will be no 'bonanza' just more contamination to air, sea and groundwater and more waste for which there is no solution. If any of this mattered to the two nuclear 'poster boys' they would insist that notices warning their constituents of radioactive particles on the beaches are displayed and maintained, but in common with the nuclear industry the supreme arrogance and utter indifference shown to the people living with the most poisonous substance known to man beggars belief. I hope countries like Ireland that have also received the radioactive contamination sue the UK and close the nuclear industry down, before it bankrupts the country and poisons us all. twitchy
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9:27am Tue 1 Apr 14

Kendal Jock says...

How about including the Morecambe Barrage?
A four lane carriageway bridge with 'Tidal Power' turbines, creating a
massive wildlife and leisure facility. Plus creating thousands of jobs and
opening up the Cumbria west coast for business and tourism.
How about including the Morecambe Barrage? A four lane carriageway bridge with 'Tidal Power' turbines, creating a massive wildlife and leisure facility. Plus creating thousands of jobs and opening up the Cumbria west coast for business and tourism. Kendal Jock
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3:00pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur says...

The whole of Cumbria is very passionate & supportive of the nuclear industry. I am not you need a more balanced manufacturing base, so you are not too reliant on one industry. Cumbria used to have a more balanced manufacturing base this was closed down on purpose to make the nuclear industry more popular. Cumbrians there is not short term gain by having so much nuclear industry in the county!

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
The whole of Cumbria is very passionate & supportive of the nuclear industry. I am not you need a more balanced manufacturing base, so you are not too reliant on one industry. Cumbria used to have a more balanced manufacturing base this was closed down on purpose to make the nuclear industry more popular. Cumbrians there is not short term gain by having so much nuclear industry in the county! Guiy de Montfort L'amaur Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
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3:07pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur says...

Oh I forgot about the deer at Sellafield

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
Oh I forgot about the deer at Sellafield Guiy de Montfort L'amaur Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
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