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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Residents invited to join Hinkley Point forums

National Grid is looking for volunteers to join its Hinkley Point Connection community forums.

Residents are being invited to join one of the forums being set up between Bridgwater and Avonmouth which will help to shape the company's plans for a new power line. The forums will allow people to have their say on how National Grid develops its proposals to connect the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the electricity network.

To start the process of setting up the forums, National Grid is holding two inception meetings later this month. Anyone interested in taking part can attend one of following meetings:

• Monday, July 19 at the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Brockway, Nailsea
• Thursday, July 22 at the Webbington Hotel, Barton Road, Loxton

Both meetings will start at 6.30pm and will be chaired by a member of Planning Aid, the independent planning service.

The purpose of the inception meetings is to explain how the forums will work, how members of the public can register their interest in joining, and how they can influence National Grid's project. Anyone wanting to attend one of the inception meetings should contact the National Grid project line on 0800 377 7347 by Thursday, July 15 to confirm their place.

Peter Bryant, National Grid's senior project manager, said: 'We are looking for people who can represent their communities throughout the project. These forums will form an important part of our ongoing consultation with local communities and will help to influence our proposals during consultation and, if the project is approved, right through construction.'

National Grid is currently consulting on two potential route corridors which are broad widths of land through which an overhead line could be built. The deadline for feedback on these corridors is Friday, July 23, 2010 after which a preferred route corridor will be chosen and is expected to be announced in the autumn.

Information about the project and the community forums is available at or by contacting the project helpline on 0800 377 7347.


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