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Monday, February 11, 2013

National Grid starts consultation on new substation proposals

  • National Grid keen to hear views on proposals
  • Consultation runs until 8 April – three public consultation events to be held

National Grid is holding three public consultation events to listen to residents’ views on proposals for a new electricity substation in north-east Essex.

The new substation will allow National Grid to take down more than 80 pylons and 25 km of an existing lower voltage line owned by UK Power Networks which runs between Burstall Bridge, in Suffolk and Twinstead Tee, in north Essex. The proposals, part of National Grid’s plans to build a new higher voltage connection between Bramford, near Ipswich and Twinstead, will ensure local electricity supplies are maintained once the existing line is removed.

National Grid has considered a number of locations for the substation and believes that a location near Butler’s Wood and Waldegrove Wood is the best option.  However, the company is keen to listen to local views on the different alternatives.

Over the next few weeks local residents are invited to come along to find out more and to view an exhibition and a 3D model of the proposals. Members of the project team will be available to answer questions and provide more information.

The consultation events are being held on:

  • Thursday 21 February 2013 Gestingthorpe Village Hall 2:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thursday 28 February 2013  Wickham St Paul Village Hall 2:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 6 March 2013  Castle Hedingham Memorial Hall 1.00pm – 6.30pm

The closing date for feedback on National Grid’s proposals will be 8 April.

National Grid senior project manager, Brian Smethurst, said: “People have already told us that they would like the existing line to be taken down and a new substation would allow that to happen.  Listening to local people is very important to us and we are keen to hear views on our proposals.

“Our consultation events will be a great opportunity for people to come along and speak to the project team, hear more about our proposals and tell us what they think.”

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