Anti pylons campaign launched in Carrick-on-Suir

A new action group has been formed in Carrick-on-Suir to campaign to ensure a section of the proposed €500m Grid Link power line carried by 45m high pylons isn’t located in communities surrounding the town.

A new action group has been formed in Carrick-on-Suir to campaign to ensure a section of the proposed €500m Grid Link power line carried by 45m high pylons isn’t located in communities surrounding the town.

The Carrickbeg Grid Link Group was founded at a public meeting attended by about 60 people at Carrickbeg Community Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Meeting organiser Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin said a committee of volunteers was formed and it will liaise with other community groups in the area opposing the Grid Link project and with residents lodging submissions in relation to the power line route.

The public meeting attracted residents from Ballypatrick, Fiddown, Piltown, and Rathgormack as well as Carrick-on-Suir and its rural hinterland. They voiced concerns about the negative visual impact of pylons on the landscape and their impact on property values as well as public health fears.

Fermoy agricultural consultant Richard Collins, addressed residents about how to best highlight their objections.

Cllr O’Loughlin said Mr Collins’ key message was for each resident to make their own personal submission to Eirgrid outlining why the route should go through their area. Group objections containing petitions would only be treated as one submission.

He said he was shocked at the level of ignorance among the public about Grid Link and appealed to residents throughout Carrick-on-Suir and its neighbouring parishes to inform themselves about the project and the route options and make their voices heard.

The submissions deadline is November 26. Grid Link route corridor options can be viewed on www.eirgridprojects.com. Eirgrid have a Grid Link information office in Carrick’s Nano Nagle Centre on Tuesdays from 12pm to 6pm. You can also call the Grid Link project team at 1890 422122 for information.