As the deadline for submissions on Eirgrid’s plans to construction a high voltage power line from Kilcullen to Cork fast approaches, the group opposing the project is urging people to lodge submissions.
“As the 26th November deadline looms for concerned individuals to lodge their submissions objecting to the Grid Link project, the local Grid Link Action Group is urging everyone to make their submissions now,” it said.
They said that following a public meeting on November 7, the Grid Link Action Group together with planning consultants, Tom Phillips Associates, have published an advice note to help individuals in making their submission, which is now available online at www.gridlinkactiongroup.com or by emailing email@example.com
Interim Chairman, Kieran Connors, said; “Submissions need to be relevant to the individual making them, so issues like health risks, local cultural heritage sites, decreases in property value and farming practices on your land are all valid reasons to base your submission around. But, the critical point is that all arguments need to be evidence-based.”
The Grid Link Action Group has also published a reference guide which identifies key publications and research papers that support the areas of concern at www.gridlinkactiongroup.com
The group is also asking people to discuss the effectiveness of Eirgrid’s communication strategy. The campaign’s aim is to force Eirgrid to consider alternative option such as placing the cables underground.
Eirgrid denies the claims about the possible affects of the power line.
It has also said it is not technically possible to place the cables underground and would be too expensive.