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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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National Grid reveals dates for nuclear power station power lines meetings

Thirty-three consultation sessions will be held this autumn on the route of high-voltage power lines to carry electricity from a new nuclear power station near Sellafield.

Power lines graphic
The proposed route of high-voltage power lines to connect with the National Grid

The first will take place on September 18, in Dalton-in-Furness and the last in Victory Hall, Dalston, on November 8.

The consultation on the scheme will close on November 28.

National Grid project manager Robert Powell said they were at the the most important part of the project so far.

"It is really important to National Grid that as many people as possible take part in the consultation process.

"We want to understand people’s views so we can learn from what they’re telling us to help us refine our proposals further and choose which routes to take forward to the more detailed design phase,” he added.

National Grid has been in talks with local authorities and other bodies for five years over route options and has now come up with two firm proposals.

One set of lines would run north, following existing power lines, to Harker near Carlisle. The wires would be supported by pylons up to 152ft high, spaced 400 yards apart.

A second set would run south down the Cumbrian coast to the Furness Peninsula then through a tunnel under Morecambe Bay to connect to the National Grid at Heysham in Lancashire.

Where the routes follow existing Electricity North West power lines, there might be scope to remove some pylons.

The links would also carry electricity generated by offshore wind farms.

A newsletter with information about the consultation and details of the proposed routes will be mailed to homes and businesses within one kilometre of the routes. Copies will also be put into libraries.

People can register to receive the newsletter, get more information and take part in the consultation at www.northwestcoastconnections.com

Anyone with queries about the scheme can contact the project team via freephone: 0800 876 6990, email: nationalgrid@northwestcoastconnections.com or Freepost NG NWCC

The consultation meetings will be held at:

Thursday 18 September – 1pm-8pm – Drill Hall, Dalton-in-Furness

Friday 19 September – 1pm-8pm – Rampside Hall, Barrow

Saturday 20 September – 10am-3.30pm – Cartmel Village Hall

Wednesday 24 September – 2:30pm-8pm – Buccleuch Hall, Lindal-in-Furness

Thursday 25 September – 1.30pm-8pm – Seascale Methodist Church Hall, Seascale

Friday 26 September – 1pm-8pm – Beckermet Reading Room, Beckermet

Saturday 27 September – 10am-3.30pm – Bridge Street Church, Central Square, Workington

Tuesday 30 September ­– 1pm-8pm – Friends Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal

Wednesday 1 October – 1pm-8pm – Allhallows Community Centre, Fletchertown

Thursday 2 October – 1pm-8pm – Market Hall, Egremont

Friday 3 October – 1pm-8pm – The Wave Centre, Irish Street, Maryport

Saturday 4 October – 10am-3:30pm – St James' Community Centre, High Street, Whitehaven

Wednesday 8 October – 1pm-8pm – Rockcliffe Community Centre, Rockcliffe

Thursday 9 October – 1pm-8pm – Muncaster Parish Hall, Main Street, Ravenglass

Friday 10 October – 1pm-8pm – The Platform, Station Buildings, Marine Road West, Morecambe

Saturday 11 October – 10am-3:30pm – Millom Network Centre, Salthouse Road, Millom

Wednesday 15 October – 1pm-8pm – The Community Hall, Grizebeck

Thursday 16 October – 1pm-8pm – Village Hall, Main Street, Gleaston

Friday 17 October – 1pm-8pm – The Forum, Duke Street, Barrow

Saturday 18 October – 10am-3:30pm – Roose Community School, North Row, Barrow

Wednesday 22 October – 1pm-8pm – Civic Hall, Cleator Moor

Thursday 23 October – 1pm-8pm – Morton Community Centre, Wigton Road, Carlisle

Friday 24 October – 1pm-8pm – Community Centre, Distington

Saturday 25 October – 10am-3.30pm – Town Hall, Cockermouth

Tuesday 28 October – 1pm-8pm – Ulverston Victoria High School, Ulverston

Wednesday 29 October – 1.30pm-8pm – Market Hall, Wigton

Thursday 30 October – 1pm-8pm – Aspatria Rugby Club, Bower Park, Station Road, Aspatria

Friday 31 October – 1pm-8pm – Heysham & Mossgate Community Centre, Townson Way, Heysham

Saturday 1 November – 10am-3.30pm – Community Centre, Askam-in-Furness

Wednesday 5 November – 1.30pm-8pm – Drigg Carleton Parish Hall, Drigg

Thursday 6 November – 1pm-8pm – Bootle Village Hall, Bootle Station

Friday 7 November – 1pm-8pm – Broughton Victory Hall, Station Road, Broughton-in-Furness

Saturday 8 November – 10am-3.30pm – Victory Hall, Dalston

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