New power line plan revealed

Two of Galloway’s MSP have urged people in their constituency to take part in Scottish Power’s consultation on their proposals to replace part of the electricity network in Galloway and West Dumfries.

The consultation follows on from Scottish Power’s announcement in the summer that they had revised their original ‘Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement Project’ to form the new ‘Kendoon to Tongland Reinforcement Project’, which is now being consulted on.

This change came directly as a result of engagement with local communities, the National Grid and OFGEM – the Government regulator for gas and electricity networks.

Conservative MSP Finlay Carson welcomed the changes which he said went some way to alleviating his constituent’s concerns. He also commended the work of the local action group ‘Dumgal Against Pylons’ for their sustained effort and for putting their case forward so eloquently.

Finlay Carson said: “We have a great opportunity to engage in the discussion about the new proposals and I would encourage everyone to do so in order that the report, which will be produced next year, reflects the feedback from our local communities.

SPEN have announced that public consultation exhibition events will be held across the areas which will be affected by the works in early November.

Residents will be able to contribute to the public consultation until 13 January 2017.

Consultation exhibitions:

Wednesday November 2, 2pm until 8pm - Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall, St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright; Friday November 4, 2pm until 8pm - New Galloway Town Hall, High Street, New Galloway

The consultation is seeking views on preferred routes for new 132k overhead lines and copies of the project documents can be viewed in Mr Carson’s office at 107 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1LZ and online on the project website at www.spendgsr.co.uk.

The consultation will run from 31 October through to 13th January 2017 and responses can be submitted online, via email at dgsr@communityrelations.co.uk or by writing to FREEPOST SPEN DGSR (no stamp needed).