Phase 1: To demonstrate the level of public concern to National Grid's proposals, show residents the available facts about above ground cables, raise awareness with our MP's, raise awareness with our Parish Council's, raise awareness with the District and County Council's etc.
Phase 2: We are teaming up with all the groups along the Hinkley connector corridor to challenge the validity of National Grid’s consultation process and the basis of their corridor choice/s.
There are other more viable options, such as laying a cable in the Bristol Channel, or undergrounding the entire route. National Grid have been asked to justify why these options are not viable?
Underground cables are used extensively across Europe and in the UK. However, the sole 'Licensed Operator' for the UK, National Grid, is in our opinion ,resisting there use through the Somerset Levels and environs simply on initial installation costs alone.
National Grid has recently installed many subsea cables and we are currently pushing National Grid to adopt a similar solution through the Somerset Levels.
The final decision will be made by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (newly formed into a new body, more details to follow) in the summer of 2011, who have 'already urged [National Grid] to rethink its consultation on plans'.
It would appear that National Grid may have finally got the message that Somerset will not, in the 21st Century, accept inefficient over-head cables when alternative and more efficient methods are available.
Click to read why National Grid have not announced the Route Corridor..... In National Grid's press statement about the delay they state "...the opinions of residents are very important to us and will play a vital role in any decisions we make..."
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