We regard communicating with our neighbours in local communities as essential, recognising that they have every right to be consulted and are given every opportunity to comment.
Community Liaison Groups
An important part of local engagement involves setting up a community liaison group within the local area of any proposed site or planning application. We invite local parish councillors and representatives from the community to attend regular meetings where we can ensure that our neighbours have access to the most up to date and relevant information and expert guidance. This keeps them well informed of our progress and of the facts about our operations. It also provides an opportunity for the community to share their concerns with us so that we can answer questions and offer independent guidance and expertise.
We set up our Springs Road liaison group in the East Midlands in June 2014, before we had even identified a site, and it has been meeting at least monthly since then.
It has proved a very successful way of engaging with the local community.
The Group’s agenda is agreed by the membership, with IGas providing support by bringing along experts to give presentations on topics such as seismic acquisition, drilling, planning and regulation.
We have also provided a continued point of contact for the local community, with a dedicated Local Communications Manager based in the area, ensuring that there is a continuous two way conversation between the local community and IGas.
In January 2016, the Tinker Lane Community Liaison Group (CLG) was set up.