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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

National Grid Hinkley C Connection Project – Chance to have your say

National Grid is launching the next phase of its plans for connecting the proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley Point and wants to hear from people living in and around the preferred route corridor it has selected. The project team is now working on the detailed design of the connection and is appealing to residents to provide their own valuable information about the area.

Since announcing the preferred route corridor last September, National Grid has been working with local authorities, statutory bodies and local interest groups gathering important information. This information has been put onto a series of maps covering the route corridor and now the project team is keen to work with the community to hear what is important to them and add further information that will help to develop the detailed design of the connection.

This week, residents along the proposed route corridor are being sent a project update newsletter explaining how to be involved and how to give feed back through the project website’s new online area (, request a paper version by calling freephone 0800 377 7347, or pick up a copy at your local library. In addition, a National Grid information vehicle will be at various locations along the route corridor this month where members of the project team will be available to answer questions.

National Grid senior project manager Peter Bryant said: “The information we received from the public during our first round of consultation was invaluable to us when we were choosing a route corridor. We are now keen to hear the views of residents along that corridor. We want to hear about the places that matter to people, as local knowledge is vital and will add important details to the information we have already gathered.

“We hope to work with the community to find ways of reducing the potential impact of the new connection. Hearing their views on where they play sport or walk their dogs, information about schools or favourite views can be added to our maps and will help shape our plans.”

Throughout the summer programme National Grid will continue to discuss key issues with the local authorities, statutory consultees and local community groups, which will help it design a more detailed preferred route for the connection within the corridor. National Grid expects to announce this route towards the end of the year, when it will hold further public consultation on the proposals, details of which will be advertised in the coming months.

It is important feedback is received by 23 July as the information will help National Grid develop its draft final route proposals.

Local Consultation in North Somerset

In June and July National Grid will also be consulting on a specific aspect of the project in North Somerset. Our proposals involve replacing an existing Western Power Distribution 132,000 Volt power line between substations at Bridgwater and Avonmouth. This line provides electricity supplies to homes and businesses in North Somerset. As a result of our proposals we would need to carry out additional work in the area around Churchill and Sandford to maintain the local electricity supply. Public consultation drop-in events explaining these proposals are being held on:

  • 18 June at Winscombe Community Centre, BS25 1JA, 2.00-8.00pm
  • 22,29 June Banwell Village Hall, BS25 1JA, 2.00-8.00pm
  • 7 July at Banwell Village Hall, BS29 6BA, 10.00am-4.00pm

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