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Friday, July 13, 2012

A few days left to give National Grid your route corridor views

National Grid is reminding people living in or around the preferred route corridor of its Hinkley C electricity connection project that they have until 23 July to give their views and help shape the proposals for the route.

The project team is currently working on the detailed design of the proposed connection between Bridgwater and Seabank, Avonmouth and related work in North Somerset.

Since announcing the preferred route corridor last September, National Grid has been working with local authorities, statutory bodies and local interest groups to gather information about the route. This is being studied and the project team is now appealing to residents not to miss this opportunity to provide further information about the area, and what matters to them.

The team would like residents to contribute further details such as favourite views or information about other aspects of the local environment that they particularly value. Anyone who has not already given their opinions can do so through the project website, or by requesting a paper version by calling freephone 0800 377 7347.

National Grid senior project manager, Peter Bryant said: “Throughout the summer National Grid will continue to discuss key issues with the local authorities, statutory consultees and local community groups to gather as much useful information as possible about the corridor locations. The feedback we receive from local residents and communities, will help design a more detailed preferred route within the corridor and find ways of reducing the possible effects of the new connection.”

Towards the end of the year, National Grid expects to announce the draft preferred route for the new connection. This will include how the views of residents helped shape it and there will then be further consultation on the developing proposals before the final project plans are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate at the end of 2013.

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