Cavan residents who are concerned about the impact of EirGrid's plans to erect pylons along a 140 kilometres route to facilitate a high voltage interconnector cable are invited to a meeting in Trim next week.
The North East Pylon Pressure Campaign is holding a major public meeting in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim on Tuesday, November 5.
The NEPPC are hosting the meeting in “a bid to re-awaken the public to the impending planning application by EirGrid to erect hundreds of electricity pylons and overhead lines across Meath, Cavan and Monaghan,” according to a spokesperson.
The NEPPC say that although landowners are opposed to EirGrid’s plans, local communities have been lulled into a false sense of security that the risk of these large pylons being erected had dissipated.
The protest group say that the placement of high power electric cables underground should be the preferred option, but that Government policy supports the cheaper option put forward by the semi-State company that provides the infrastructure for the provision of electricity. EirGrid has consistently said that placing the cable underground is not financially viable and insist that the interconnector poses no threat to the health of communities or farm livestock.
EirGrid is rolling out a €3.2 Billion ‘Grid 25’ strategy which will include 1,150 kilometres of new lines and pylons, 4,000 new pylons, ranging in height from 25 metres to 60 metres, a 2,300 kilometres uprating of existing lines to higher capacities, 5,000 kilometres of new distribution lines along with a range of new large stations and sub-stations.
Spokesperson for the NEPPC, Michael Keane, said: “This represents a major shift in the scale of electricity infrastructure development, which will have a profoundly negative impact on our countryside, but which, to date, has largely gone unnoticed by the farming community and general public.”
The NEPPC has invited all local politicians to the meeting and have asked them to clarify their parties position in regard to the under-grounding of the connector. Mr Martin said that they are not against the improvement of the electricity infrastructure: “We are not against the upgrading of the grid for the provision of a proper supply. We simply want it done in a way that does not impact on health, land values, housing and tourism.”
The spokesperson said that technological advancements have brought down the cost of the under-grounding of the cabling and that a comprehensive costing of the project that took into account the environmental repercussions would make it the preferred option.
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