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Monday, March 25, 2013

Only a few days left to give National Grid your views


There are only a few days left to have your say on National Grid's proposals for a new electricity substation in north-east Essex.

National Grid is reminding people living in or around north-east Essex that they have until 8 April to give their views and help shape the proposals for the new electricity substation.

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, will ensure local electricity supplies are maintained once the existing line is removed.

Over the last few weeks residents have attended a number of public consultation events across the area. National Grid senior project manager, Brian Smethurst, said: “We are grateful to all those who have already responded to the substation consultation, this feedback will be important in helping us shape our proposals”.

There are many ways to respond to the consultation. Log on to the web site where you can send National Grid your comments. Contact the Community Relations Team on 0800 377 7340, or send them an email at or write to the team at freepost address: Freepost NATIONAL GRID CONNECTIONS.

Brian Smethurst added: “Extensive consultation over the past three-and-a-half years has already influenced other key aspects of the project; including the selection of two areas where we believe the high cost of putting cables underground can be justified. We wish to remind people they have until the 8 April to give us their views on the substation proposals.”

After 8 April, National Grid will review all representations received to see if there are any significant new issues they should consider before confirming the proposed location for the substation.

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