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Thursday, June 10, 2010

National Grid lines up more information on Bramford-Twinstead connection

National Grid is holding a series of public events this month to provide additional technical information about its proposals for a new high voltage overhead power line between Bramford and Twinstead.

The National Grid project team will be hosting five public information events in South Suffolk and Essex to explain in more detail why a new overhead line is needed. The team will be presenting additional information about high voltage direct current (HVDC) and alternating current underground cables, and explaining why the company believes an overhead line is the best solution.

The initiative follows feedback from local authorities and interest groups. During public consultation earlier this year on four potential ‘route corridors’ – stretches of land within which an overhead line could be located - they asked for more information about alternatives to overhead lines.

National Grid major projects manager David Mercer said: “We were pleased with the extensive feedback we received from our consultation events earlier this year. One key message was that it would be helpful to have further information about the alternative technologies that we considered and why we were not able to take these forward.

“While most people who responded to the consultation said they had received enough information, we wanted to share this extra material with them, discuss the issues raised and listen to their views. We will be carefully considering any feedback we receive before we make a decision.”

A newsletter featuring details about the public events is due to be issued next week to 12,000 homes within the original consultation area in south Suffolk and Essex. Information, including a feedback form, will also be available on National Grid’s website - - this week. The National Grid community relations team can also be contacted on 0800 377 7340.

Details of the events are set out below:

15th June - 12pm-9pm
Hadleigh Town Hall
The Guildhall, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN 

16th June - 12pm-9pm

Chamberlin Hall Bildeston
Chamberlin Close, Bildeston,IP7 7EZ
22nd June - 12pm-9pm
Wickham St. Paul Village Hall
The Green, Wickham St. Paul, CO9 2PT 

30th June - 12pm-9pm

Newton Village Hall 
The Green, Newton, CO10 0QR

7th July - 12pm-9pm
Hintlesham and Chattisham Community Hall
George Street, Hintlesham, IP8 3NH 

National Grid has been asked to connect a number of major new generators – including low carbon power sources - to the electricity transmission system in East Anglia.  With the existing network running at capacity, the company needs to build a new 400,000 volt overhead line connecting Bramford and Twinstead. 

National Grid has been consulting residents, local authorities, statutory and non-statutory bodies about four potential route corridors. Depending upon the final route, the overhead line would be between approximately 26.5kms and 30kms long.

Between October and February, some 2100 people attended 20 public exhibitions along the route corridors, presentations were given to county, district and parish councils and more than 12,000 households were sent information about the project. The company has received almost 3,500 pieces of feedback, including letters, feedback forms and emails.

When a preferred route corridor is chosen there will be a detailed environmental impact assessment, discussions with landowners and further consultation before National Grid applies to the Infrastructure Planning Commission for consent.

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