Expert help in South Kildare pylon fight

The large attendance at the information meeting at St. Laurences GAA complex on October 30.
A planning consultant has been hired by locals to assist them in their fight against Eirgrid’s plans to build a high voltage power line through South Kildare.

A planning consultant has been hired by locals to assist them in their fight against Eirgrid’s plans to build a high voltage power line through South Kildare.

The deadline for submissions to Eirgrid is November 26.

Eirgrid wants to build a high voltage power line from Kilcullen to Cork. The Grid Link Action Group have embarked on a campaign to force them to consider alternatives such as placing the cables underground. Eirgrid say this is not technically possible.

Grid Link Action Group has engaged the services of Tom Phillips Associates to provide advice at a meeting next Thursday November 7 at 8pm at the Clanard Court Hotel, Athy. The aim is to inform individuals as to what issues they could raise in their submissions that might be relevant to their circumstances.

This will then be followed by a series of public ‘drop-in’ days, where anyone who needs advice, can speak to a member of a Grid Link Action Group.

Grid Link Action Group representative, David O’Brien, said “This is a critical stage in the process and we need as many people as possible to submit quality submissions to object to the Grid Link project. Therefore, we felt it was essential to seek professional advice and to share that advice with as many people as possible”.

He said Tom Phillips Associates have extensive experience in these types of infrastructural projects and they will also be preparing a group submission on behalf of the Grid Link Action Group.

The ‘drop-in’ days will be held in Kilcullen Community Centre on November 11 from 6.30pm – 9pm, Kilkea National School on 13th from 4pm – 7pm, Grangecon Boxing Club on 14th from 4pm – 7pm and Molly O’Looneys Narraghmore on 16th from 2pm – 5pm.