Chamber Chat with Martin Cheetham, EDF Heysham 1
In November, I had the pleasure of moving over the Pennines to join the Heysham 1 team as the new station director. Before that, I had a similar role with EDF’s coal and gas stations in Nottinghamshire.
Living in a new location is always interesting and occasionally a challenge as you have to adapt to the different rhythms of a city or town.
But I have been really taken aback by this area. Although I knew it slightly from working visits to Heysham, this is the first time I have I lived here.
The people I have met so far and those I meet at work at Heysham power stations, have been so friendly, warm and welcoming. Before lockdown, I went in and out of shops and cafes and people were always chatty and interested to find out more about the power stations.
The stations have been a key part of this area for more than 50 years, and it is hard not to meet someone with a link to the sites. There is a real sense of connection to the stations, and the staff have a similar proud connection with Heysham, Morecambe, Lancaster and beyond.
Walking and travelling around as a newcomer and seeing the views across the bay, the magnificent buildings in Lancaster and the countryside on the doorstep it is no wonder the staff at the stations enjoy living and working here.
I also know many also take active role in their communities in school, church, charities and sports clubs.
And once we get out of lockdown into the a more normal way of life I look forward to seeing even more of what this great area has to offer.