Keeping you informed was important throughout the installation of the cable for the Walney Offshore Windfarm. Here’s what happened –
Keeping you Informed
Here at Visit Cleveleys we worked with the team at DONG Energy from the beginning to the end of the cable laying project. It was a fascinating experience, where we learned such a lot.
Local people were kept informed through a whole host of different measures which we put into place. Communication is key in a job like this which disrupts people living around the work sites.
- A full portal on Visit Cleveleys included the latest information about the project and its progress.
- During the project, people were also kept informed through the Visit Cleveleys Facebook page.
- Highlights of the project were filmed and posted on the Visit Cleveleys YouTube channel.
The Visit Cleveleys/Visit Fylde Coast websites have been rebuilt several times since then! The portal originally contained a lot of information and in transferring it to new websites some of the formatting went askew. So the detailed information was removed, with a general overview kept online instead. If anyone requires information for research purposes, we have a big archive of photos.
Leaflets and Letters
Leaflets about how the project would affect Cleveleys and how to find information were made available from public buildings in and around Thornton and Cleveleys. Including shops, libraries, the Tourist Information Centre, council buildings and community centres.
Letters were distributed to each and every house on the route. Additional letters with more detailed information were distributed to houses at appropriate times.
Each of the local Councillors in the three affected areas (Cleveleys Jubilee and Park Wards and Thornton Bourne Ward) were notified, along with Thornton Action Group. All were kept informed about progress of the project.
The Balfour Beatty Customer Service Vehicle was at various sites on the cable route between Hillhouse Industrial Estate and the promenade at Cleveleys with officers on hand to provide information.
Presentations with updates about the project were made at public meetings:
- 7 October 2010 – Thornton Forum
- 12 October 2010 – Cleveleys Forum
- 17 November 2010 – Thornton Action Group
- 24 November 2010 – Wyred Up
- 18 January 2011 – ‘The Tuesday Guild’
- 25 January 2011 – Cleveleys Forum
Meetings about Beachworks
In relation to the beachworks, presentations were also made at Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group.
Open public meetings for the project were held fortnightly at The Venue on North Promenade. Providing an opportunity for the public and residents to meet the project team, find out what was happening, get updates on the project and the arrival of the cable barge.
The final meeting was a round-up of the project including a slideshow with photos of key pieces of the civil engineering along with details of the final parts of the works.
From w/c 21 March 2011, there was a public information point at The Venue in their entrance foyer. There the public could collect leaflets, read information about the project, and collect updates.
Local newspapers The Gazette and Fleetwood Weekly News ran regular articles and updates to keep the public informed of progress.
Other local publications like the Local List and Link magazines, Thornton Community News, and Made in Cleveleys all published information.
At Cleveleys, as elsewhere when these projects are undertaken, Walney Offshore Windfarms and project partners were committed to ensuring that any disruption caused by these essential works was kept to a minimum. The team apologised in advance for any inconvenience which may be caused.
A major part of the works was to keep people informed so that they knew the facts of the project and understand what is happening and can manage any inconvenience to their everyday lives.
While you’re here…
Have a look at the homepage of the Visit Cleveleys website for more of the latest updates.
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