Eirgrid extends deadline for consultation over pylon plans

EirGrid has announced that it is extending the third phase of public consultation on the Grid Link Project until Tuesday, January 7, at 5pm.

EirGrid has announced that it is extending the third phase of public consultation on the Grid Link Project until Tuesday, January 7, at 5pm.

The controversial project would see the construction of hundreds of kilometres of overhead power lines suspended by pylons throughout the south-east. Several of the possible corridor options run through Kilkenny.

Groups opposing their construction would rather the cables be put underground, and there is a dispute over the cost of this. At a number of recent public meetings in Kilkenny, as well as a meeting of Kilkenny County Council, Eirgrid came in for criticism over its public consultation approach.

The current period of consultation has been underway since September 3, when EirGrid published a report identifying possible corridor options for the pylons. Previously, the deadline for feedback and submissions was tomorrow (November 26).

“We are grateful for the feedback received from members of the public during all three periods of public consultation on the Grid Link Project to date,” said John Lowry, project manager.

“EirGrid is listening to the concerns that members of the public and their representatives have raised in relation to the upgrading of our national electricity network. We are extending this third consultation period so that interested parties have plenty of time to have their say in relation to this vital project.”

The extension of the third consultation is not expected to result in any significant delay to the project timeline..

The Stage 1 Report and the corridor options are available to view at www.eirgridprojects.com/projects/gridlink. Members of the public can make submissions to the project team in the following ways:

Visit the Grid Link Project information centres (Midleton, Carrick-On-Suir, Carlow, New Ross and Kilcullen). Send written submissions by post to The Grid Link Project Manager, EirGrid, PO Box 12213, Glenageary, Co Dublin; email gridlink@eirgrid.com; or Lo-call 1890 422 122.