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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Power plan generates opportunity for debate

A SERIES of consultations are taking place in Copeland to get people’s views on plans to connect new sources of electricity generation into the national network.

The National Grid sessions will focus on proposals to transfer power generated by the proposed Moorside nuclear power station, near Sellafield.

National Grid is looking at two preferred connection options. One would involve pylons north from Moorside to a point near Carlisle. The other would go south across the Furness peninsula and through a tunnel under Morecambe Bay to link up near Heysham.

National Grid will also seek views on routes offshore through the Irish Sea and overland around the South Lakes which are said to have practical, environmental and technical challenges.

Robert Powell, project manager, said: “We are now at the most important point in our project so far – sharing the results of the work we’ve done to date and seeking the views of communities on our findings.”

There will be 33 consultation events across Cumbria and Lancashire this autumn.

A newsletter will be sent to homes and businesses within one kilometre of the routes being considered. Copies will be distributed to libraries. People can register for the newsletter or take part in the consultation online at www.northwestcoast or connections.com

The consultation will close on November 28.

CONSULTATION events in Copeland:

Seascale: September 25; 1.30pm-8pm; Seascale Methodist Church Hall, Gosforth Road.

Beckermet: September 26; 1pm-8pm; Beckermet Reading Room, Sellafield Road.

Egremont: October 2; 1pm-8pm; Egremont Market Hall, Market Street.

Whitehaven: October 4; 10am -3.30pm; St James’ Community Centre, High Street.

Ravenglass: October 9; 1pm-8pm; Muncaster Parish Hall, Main Street.

Millom: October 11; 10am-3.30pm; Millom Network Centre, Salthouse Road.

Cleator Moor: October 22; 1pm-8pm; Cleator Moor Civic Hall, Market Square.

Distington: October 24; 1pm-8pm; Distington Community Centre, Church Road.

Drigg: November 5; 1.30pm-8pm; Drigg & Carleton Parish Hall, Drigg.

Bootle: November 6; 1pm-8pm; Bootle Village Hall, Bootle Station.

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