Consultation on electricity plans to be extended

SP Energy Networks is to extend the deadline for feedback on its proposed Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement project from July 24th to August 31st.

Following feedback received from the public consultation, which was launched at the start of June, the company says it wants to ensure that communities have as much time as they need to review the details of the project, and want to encourage as many people as possible to submit their views.

The project team carried out ten public consultation events during June and July, and over 700 people came along to look at the plans and discuss the proposals with the project team.

Over 14,000 letters were also sent out to residents across the region, with details on how to access the plans and how to submit feedback.

Colin Brown, Project Manager at SP Energy Networks: “We take on board the feedback we receive, and it was clear that some members of the community were keen to have additional time to review the details of our proposals.

“We are happy to facilitate an extension to our deadline, because we want to encourage as many people as possible to share their views. We look closely at all of the feedback that we receive, and this helps to shape our future plans.

The project proposes a new high voltage overhead line of up to 400,000 volts (400kV) between Auchencrosh in South Ayrshire and Harker in Cumbria.

All the main project documents are available online at www.spendgsr.co.uk .

Printed copies of documents can be viewed at a public information point across the region.

A second round of consultation on the preferred line routes and substation sites will be carried out next year, says the company.