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Friday, May 28, 2010

Hinkley Point Connection information goes on show

National Grid has announced a programme of events to provide extra information and seek the views of local people about proposals for a new high-voltage overhead power line between Bridgwater and Avonmouth to connect the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Local people are being invited to 24 drop-in events during June and early July in towns and villages along the two potential route corridors for an overhead line. Full details are in National Grid Project News, a newsletter being delivered from today to 37,000 homes and businesses along the routes.

Since the first phase of consultation on two potential route corridors for the new line, National Grid has been analysing the extensive feedback from residents. The initial consultation period prompted more than 3000 letters, emails and telephones calls. Around 4500 people attended the 17 public exhibitions held along the potential routes. The feedback revealed that many people wanted more information and background on how and why National Grid decided to propose a new overhead line, and why other potential solutions, such as underground or subsea cables, are not being taken forward.

National Grid has put together extensive information about all these issues and will be making it available on its website and at all the new public events, where people will be able to talk to the company’s project team and give their views.

Major Projects Manager David Mercer said: 'National Grid has been listening to everything local people have told us. We were very pleased by the amount of responses we had to our initial consultation. The opinions of residents are very important and will play a vital role in any decision we make.

'When we analysed the feedback it was clear that people wanted more information about alternatives to overhead power lines and pylons. To respond to these concerns we have put together a lot more information and arranged a series of events where residents can find out more and give us their views.

‘We will continue listening to local people and asking them for more feedback to help us reach a decision on a preferred route corridor.'

The new power line is needed to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point and other future power generation including offshore wind developments. Depending upon the final route, the new line will be approximately 37 miles long and is planned to be constructed in 2016.

Mr Mercer added: ‘One of the big issues people have asked about is whether the new power line can be put underground. The high cost of undergrounding power lines at 400,000 volts – 12 to 17 times as much as building an overhead line – means that we consider undergrounding in areas with a very high environmental designation, or in built-up areas where space to build an overhead line is very limited.

‘However both route corridors run through the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and we would want to carefully consider with the AONB authority the merits of and options for undergrounding this section.’

People can find out more from the newsletter, from www.nationalgrid.com/hinkleyconnection or by calling the project freephone line 0800 377 7347.

Tickenham Village Hall
Monday 7 June 2010, 14:00-20:00
205 Clevedon Road, Tickenham, BS21 6RX

Portbury Village Hall
Tuesday 8 June 2010, 14:00-19:30
25 High Street, Portbury, Bristol, BS20 7TW

Sandford Village Hall
Wednesday 9 June 2010, 14:00-19:30
Greenhill Road, Sandford, BS25 5QA

Horsecastle Chapel
Thursday 10 June 2010, 14:00-19:30
Horsecastle Farm Road, Yatton, North Somerset BS49 4QQ

Scotch Horn Leisure Centre
Friday 11 June 2010, 14:00-20:00
Brockway, Nailsea, North Somerset, BS48 1BZ

Mark Village Hall
Saturday 12 June 2010, 10:00-16:00
Vole Road, Mark, Somerset, TA9 4NY

Portbury Village Hall
Monday 14 June 2010, 13:00-18:30
25 High Street, Portbury, Bristol, BS20 7TW

Avonmouth Community Centre
Tuesday 15 June 2010, 14:00-19:30
Avonmouth Road, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 9EN

Biddisham Village Hall
Wednesday 16 June 2010, 14:00-20:00
Biddisham, Somerset, BS26 2TE

Avonway Hall
Friday 18 June 2010, 14:00-20:00
Avonway, Portishead Bristol, BS20 6LT

Yatton RFC
Saturday 19 June 2010, 10:00-16:00
The Park, North End Road, Yatton, North Somerset, BS49 4HH

Mark Village Hall
Monday 21 June 2010, 14:00-20:00
Vole Road, Mark, Somerset, TA9 4NY

Avonmouth Community Centre
Tuesday 22 June 2010, 14:00-19:30
Avonmouth Road, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 9EN

Biddisham Village Hall
Wednesday 23 June 2010, 14:00-20:00
Biddisham, Somerset, BS26 2TE

Bawdrip Parish Hall
Thursday 24 June 2010, 14:00-19:30
East Side Lane, Bawdrip, TA7 8QB

Avonway Hall
Friday 25 June 2010, 14:00-20:00
Avonway, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6LT

Backwell School
Saturday 26 June 2010, 10:00-16:00
Backwell, Bristol, BS48 3BX

Tickenham Village Hall
Monday 28 June 2010, 14:00-20:00
205 Clevedon Road, Tickenham, BS21 6RX

Sandford Village Hall
Wednesday 30 June 2010, 14:00-19:30
Greenhill Road, Sandford, BS25 5QA

Hallen Hall and Recreation Centre
Thursday 1 July 2010, 14:00-20:00
Moorhouse Lane, Hallen, Bristol, BS10 7RU

Backwell WI
Thursday 1 July 2010, 14:00-20:00
4 Station Road, Backwell, BS48 3QW

Woolavington Village Hall Friday 2 July 2010, 14:00-20:00 Higher Road, Woolavington, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 8DY

Scotch Horn Leisure Centre Saturday 3 July 2010, 10:00-16:00 Brockway, Nailsea, North Somerset, BS48 1BZ

Stogursey Victory Hall (Joint exhibition with EDF) Wednesday 14 July 2010, 14:00-20:00 31 Town Close, Stogursey, Bridgwater, TA5 1RN


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