Carrick-on-Suir Town Council has appealed to Eirgrid to extend the deadline for public submissions on the route corridor options being considered for the €500m Grid Link powerline by three months.
At last week’s Town Council meeting, councillors unanimously passed Ind. Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin’s motion directing the local authority to write to Eirgrid requesting it to extend the submissions deadline from November 26 to February 26.
The motion was passed after two Eirgrid representatives gave a presentation to the Council on Grid Link, which was observed by a delegation from local anti-pylons action groups.
Cllr O’Loughlin told the Eirgrid representatives the public were only becoming aware of Grid Link and its implication for their communities now the deadline was approaching.
“It should be put back to give people the opportunity to address properly an issue of this importance. It’s a minor thing to ask,” he said.
Aishling Buckley of Eirgrid consultants RPS said the public consultation process was three months long and there had to be a limit on the formal consultation process so they could progress to evaluating the route corridor options.
But she said Eirgrid would continue to take public submissions at any stage after the submissions deadline.. “We are not going away after Novemeber 26,” she said.
Pete Smith of the Faugheen Against Pylons Group, one of the observers at the meeting, said Eirgrid should have given the presentation to the Town Council at the start of the public consultation process and not two weeks before the submissions deadline.