Part of the Community
Cuadrilla is committed to building strong relationships and being a good neighbour. As part of our engagement with local people, Cuadrilla has undertaken a number of activities to provide residents and representatives with factual information about what is involved in the exploration for natural gas in shale rock.
Here is a snapshot of our engagement activities during 2013 and 2014:
- Newsletters are distributed locally around our current and proposed sites.
- Separate correspondence is sent to inform the local community of any key announcements.
- During 2013 and 2014 we have held in excess of ten information sessions with members of our technical team on hand to answer questions.
- Our Freephone Community Helpline is staffed by our dedicated community liaison team on weekdays from 9am – 5.30pm
- Our technical team are regularly invited to present to community groups local to our sites
- Opportunities are available for local residents to book and attend one-to-one sessions with a senior member of our team in order to discuss any questions they may have about our proposed operations.
During 2014, Cuadrilla will continue to inform residents and representatives about its operations, with engagement activities continuing to take place throughout the year.
Cuadrilla sees itself as being part of the communities it operates within, and as part of this, is keen to make a contribution to community life in Lancashire. To provide support for those projects which matter most to the community, funding is available around each of our sites during exploration activities. As Cuadrilla only has temporary planning permission for its sites (with the exception of Elswick) donations reflect the temporary nature of its facilities.
Some of the projects and organisations to have benefited from Cuadrilla’s presence are:
- Lowther Pavillion
- Fylde Rugby Club
- Elswick in Bloom
- Kirkham Young Farmers Club
Residents local to our sites do not have to wait to see benefits from our operations. Cuadrilla announced in early 2014 that for each exploration well hydraulically fractured, £100,000 will be paid into an independent community fund. How this money is spent will be decided by the local community.
Exploration work takes place in rock which has been buried for millions of years and puts Lancashire at the forefront of remarkable geological discoveries. Site visits and school information sessions have educated local people about our operations and the shale rock we are exploring. Please contact us if you or your organisation would like to find out more.