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Thursday, November 08, 2012

National Grid opens first South West information centres

National Grid opens first South West information centres

National Grid is encouraging local residents to visit one of its newly opened information centres in towns and villages around Somerset and South Gloucestershire to find out more about the recently announced draft route of the 400,000 volt electricity connection, and give important feedback.   

Open until Tuesday 18 December, there are four community information hubs in Avonmouth, Nailsea, Congresbury and Bridgwater where all the project documents and large maps are available to view.  To support these, there are six local information points where residents can pick up copies of the Overview Report and feedback forms. 

As well as visiting the information centres, there are also other ways to learn more about the draft route for the proposed Hinkley Point C Connection between Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth. For example:

  • Log on to the web site www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk where there is an interactive map and a short filmshowing how the draft route was chosen, as well as technical documents and an Overview Report which explains the draft route in more detail.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @NG_Hinkley or visit us on Facebook: National Grid Hinkley Point C Connection Project
  • Visit one of the community information hubs to see the technical documents and detailed maps for the whole draft route.  Before travelling, please check details on our website  www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk  or contact the community relations team on 0800 377 7347 as  the opening times may change due to demand.  The hubs can be found at:

Avonmouth – 267 Avonmouth Road, BS11 9EN      

12.00 to 18.00 – Monday to Friday
10.00 to 14.00 – Saturdays

Nailsea – 13 Colliers Walk, BS48 1RG                          

12.00 to 18.00 – Monday to Friday 
10.00 to 14.00 – Saturdays           

Congresbury - The Old School Rooms, BS49 5DX   

 12.00 to 18.00 – Monday to Friday

Bridgwater – The Exchange, Express Park, Bristol Road, TA6 4RR 

12.00 to 18.00 – Monday to Friday
10.00 to 14.00 – Saturdays

  • Visit one of National Grid’s local information points along the draft route to pick up a copy of the Overview Report and a feedback form from:

Mark Village Hall, Vole Road, Mark, Somerset, TA9 4NY

Aust Village Hall, Main Road, Aust, BS35 4AX

Portishead New Library, Horatio House, 24 Harbour Road, BS20 7AL

Stogursey Victory Hall, 31 Victory Close, Stogursey, Bridgwater, TA5 1RN

Woolavington Village Hall, Higher Road, Woolavington, Somerset, TA7 8DY

Yatton Library, 48 High Street, Yatton, BS49 4HJ

The Information points are accessible when the venues are open.  These times may vary so please contact the community relations team on 0800 377 7347 for more details.  Alternatively you can:

  • Visit local libraries or council offices who will be able to provide further information
  • Look out for information in local newspapers
  • Ask for more information by calling the Community Relations Team on 0800 377 7347, send them an email at hinkleyconnection@nationalgrid.com or write to them at freepost address: Freepost H POINT CONNECTION.

National Grid Senior Project Manager Peter Bryant said: “Our information hubs are an exciting first for National Grid in the South West; we hope you will come to see our route plans and give us your comments.  Your views have helped shape our proposals so far, and we'd like to hear what you say about our draft route.

“This feedback is important to us.  We want to understand local concerns so that we can work to reduce the visual effects of our plans. We are working closely with landowners to identify locations for pylons, and will also carefully consider areas where we might use lower height tower designs, like the T-pylon,” Bryant continued. 

Over the next few months the project team will continue gathering technical and environmental information to help add more detail to the draft route, including locations for new pylons.

After careful consideration of feedback on the draft route, National Grid will consult on more detailed proposals, and hopes to submit a formal application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate later next year.  Ultimately, Government will make a decision based on a recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate.


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