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Monday, June 11, 2012

National Grid Consultation Events Announced for the Churchill and Sandford Area

National Grid is announcing a series of public exhibitions in North Somerset for residents to find out about the company's plan to build a new high voltage substation in the area.

Last September, following extensive consultation with the public, the route corridor that will carry the new 400,000Volt connection between Bridgwater and Seabank was chosen. The corridor currently contains an overhead line owned by Western Power Distribution (WPD) which will be removed between Bridgwater and Avonmouth substations to make way for the new connection. Once the line has been removed, it will be essential to build a new substation in the area to make sure that Churchill and Weston-super-Mare continue to receive a safe and reliable electricity supply.

During June and July National Grid will be holding a series of drop-in events where the public can find out more details about the proposals. Members of the project team will be available to answer questions and listen to the views of local residents. The drop-in events are being held on:

• 18 June, Winscombe Community Centre 2.00-8.00pm
• 22, 29 June, Banwell Village Hall 2.00-8.00pm
• 7 July, Banwell Village Hall 10.00am-4.00pm

National Grid senior project manager, Peter Bryant, said: “During our first phase of public consultation we explained to residents that taking down the WPD line would trigger additional work in the area around Churchill and Sandford. To make sure electricity supplies to Weston-super-Mare and Churchill are maintained, we need to build a new substation and the necessary electricity connections.

The drop-in events will give residents the opportunity to see what we are proposing to do and to give us their views and comments. Listening to local people is very important and we hope many will attend these events and give us their feedback.As part of this next phase of public engagement, National Grid also wants to hear from people living in and around the preferred route corridor for the proposed Hinkley Point C Connection. The project team is now working on the detailed design of the connection and is asking residents to provide their own valuable information about the area.

National Grid has been working with local authorities, statutory bodies and local interest groups gathering important information. Now it is important for the public to add their opinions. 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 (www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk) request a feedback pack by calling freephone 0800 377 7347, or pick up a copy from a local library.

In addition, a National Grid information vehicle will be at various locations along the route corridor throughout the summer where members of the project team will be available to answer questions.

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

More information about the project is available at: hinkleyconnection@uk.ngrid.com or by calling the freephone on: 0800 377 7347.

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For further information contact Jane Taylor on 07785 220647 or Caroline Davidson on 07785 254696


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