Consultation begins on power firm's onshore substation plan for Triton Knoll
CONSULTATION events will begin next week for residents to find out more about substation prop- osals near to Bicker Fen.
RWE npower renewables announced earlier this month that it was seeking residents' views on four options for the siting of an onshore electricity substation in the area to the south west of Boston.
The infrastructure is needed to connect the proposed Triton Knoll offshore windfarm off the coast of Mablethorpe, to the National Grid.
The first consultation event takes place on Tuesday, March 5 at Swineshead Village Hall, North End, Boston between 3pm and 7pm and will be followed on March 6 by an event at Bicker Village Hall, again between 3pm and 7pm.
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A final event in the area will be held on March 9 at Stickney Community Hall on Hall Lane.
A public meeting for residents will take place at Bicker Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 5.
Bicker ward councillor David Witts is encouraging residents to go along to the consultation events.
He said: "I don't feel any of us really know what impact this will have because it's all so sketchy at the moment.
"Clearly there's a demand for renewables, it's an important part of our energy policy.
"It may be the fear of the impact is greater than the impact itself which is why I would encourage people to take as much interest in the consultation events as possible."
Councillor Aaron Spencer said he had received a mixed bag of reaction from local residents on the plans.
He added: "I would say to anyone who is worried or concerned about this project to go along to the consultations because all of that information that is gathered from these events will be used and fed back into the overall decision making process that will lead to the site being chosen."
Project manager for Triton Knoll, Jacob Hain, said: "The consultation will ensure that the location we finally choose is the most appropriate location for the Triton Knoll electrical infrastructure.
"We hope for as many people as possible to get involved with our consultation as we are very keen to get the views of local people.
"This is a very exciting project which could provide a huge amount of green electricity for the country, reducing our dependence on imported fossil fuels as well as generating an important a source of investment and jobs into the region.
"We are looking forward to sharing our ideas and listening to people's views."
Full details of RWE's proposals can be found at www.npower-renewables.com/tritonknoll