News
Dec 15, 2016

National Grid concludes consultation events but feedback still welcome


National Grid has concluded its consultation events on plans to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Moorside (Cumbria) into the electricity network. People now have until Friday 6 January 2017 to give feedback.

 

Nearly 90,000 newsletters were sent to homes and businesses along the proposed route of the new connection in Cumbria. These invited people to the local events to meet members of the project team and to look, for the first time, at detailed plans showing where in the landscape the equipment needed to make the new connection could sit. Over 2,000 people visited the events.

 

Robert Powell, Project Manager, said: “We’ve welcomed the opportunity to share with people the detail of the project we’ve developed over the past six years in discussion and consultation with communities, their elected representatives and key organisations.

 

“Our plans have come under a great deal of scrutiny and we are keen for people to share their feedback with us if they haven’t done so already.”

 

While the events have finished, information and background documents are still available on the project website and can be found at a number of locations across Cumbria and Lancashire.

 

Feedback is still welcome and can be submitted online through the website or by completing and returning a feedback form to Freepost NG NWCC.

 

BACKGROUND

 

National Grid is planning extensive measures to reduce the impact of the project on landscapes while balancing this with the need to keep customers energy bills affordable. These include:

 

- putting 23.4km (14.5 miles) of new line underground where it passes through the western section of the Lake District National Park

- placing cables in a tunnel measuring around 22km (13 miles) under Morecambe Bay

- removing many of the existing pylons owned by Electricity North West (ENW) and replacing them with fewer, taller pylons of its own operating at a greater voltage

-replacing the low voltage line in the area around the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site with underground cables

 

CONSULTATION

 

Since 1 November National Grid has held 30 consultation events. The final event took place on Saturday 10 December at Natland & Oxenholme Village Hall, Kendal, LA9 7QQ.  While events have now finished, people can still give submit their feedback to the consultation on the project website until 5pm on Friday 6 January 2017. By registering their details on the website people will also receive updates as the project progresses.

 

The project website can be found at: www.northwestcoastconnections.com

 

For further information about the project, please contact the project team direct using any of the following methods:

 

 

 

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