November deadline for submissions for Eirgrid route corridor

Members of the public have up until November 26 to submit their views on the route corridor options Eirgrid is considering.

Members of the public have up until November 26 to submit their views on the route corridor options Eirgrid is considering.

Grid Link Project Manager John Lowry said approximately 180 people attended the public consultation open day on the Grid Link route corridor options at the Clonmel Park Hotel on September 18.

Those missed the event also have an opportunity to discuss the project with Eirgrid representatives at its information office at the Nano Nagle Community Centre in Carrick-on-Suir every Tuesday from 12 noon to 6pm.

Mr Lowry said the Grid Link power line was vital to ensure a secure and reliable electricity supply to homes, businesses and industries for the regions of Munster and Leinster. The power line was also needed to support the electricity generated from renewable sources of energy in the future.

He rejected suggestions that the pylons were a danger to public health and argued people were exposed to more radiation from appliances in their homes and it was their experience that power lines and pylons didn’t ~
impacted on property values in areas they were located. Eirgrid strived to locate them in areas where they would have the least visual impact.

He said Eirgrid hoped to identify the “least constrained” or preferred route corridor for the power line by the middle of next year following which there will be another public consultation phase. The state-owned company aims to seek planning for the project in 2015/16.

For written feedback or queries the public can contact The Grid Link Project Manager, EirGrid, PO Box 12213, Glenageary, Co. Dublin, Ireland or email gridlink@eirgrid.com

The public can also call the Project Team at Lo-call 1890 422 122.