STRONG OBJECTIONS TO OVERHEAD NORTH/SOUTH ELECTRICITY LINK

24 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Concerns have been expressed at a public meeting in County Meath that opposition to Eirgrid’s proposed North/South Interconnector project could escalate to the scale of resistance displayed against the Corrib Gas project in County Mayo. Almost 500 people turned up at an event held in Navan last week by the North East Pylon Pressure Campaign group.

An Bord Pleanála has confirmed it has received 880 submissions in relation to the application, each of which had to enclose a fee of €50. However a small number of these contained 720 individual letters, bringing the effective total to around 1600. Most are thought to object to the overhead nature of the proposed electricity lines and the 400 pylons involved in five counties from Meath and Cavan through Monaghan, then crossing the border near Clontibret into Armagh and Tyrone, where a separate planning application has been made.

EirGrid has so far received 518 of the submissions and the remainder, in five crates, will be delivered to them by An Bord Pleanála in the next week or so after they have been validated. EirGrid will thus have an opportunity to respond to some of the submissions (for example about the likely visual impact of the power lines) in advance of any oral hearing. The company says it intends to be proactive in this matter and will be writing to all landowners and going out and speaking to them on the ground. Former IFA Treasurer John Boylan has been appointed as a liaison officer in County Monaghan and is due to attend next month’s meeting of the County Council.

A decision is expected from An Bord Pleanála early next month on whether an oral hearing will take place. An Inspector has begun looking at the submissions and will …

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