Still time to view RWE public exhibitions for Triton Knoll offshore windfarm in Lincolnshire
PUBLIC exhibitions detailing plans for an electricity route to connect an offshore wind farm to the national grid is taking place.
People living in Stickney and Skegness have the chance this weekend to view plans for the cabling route and three shortlisted locations for the intermediate electrical compound to connect the Triton Knoll wind farm to the national grid.
The exhibitions in East Lindsey by the developers RWE npower renewables, follow public exhibitions which have already taken place in Bicker Fen and Swineshead over shortlisted locations for the substation - which could be the size of 30 football pitches.
Anderby Creek is proposed as the landfall point where the offshore cables will connect onshore.
The three locations shortlisted for the intermediate electrical compound are also being consulted as RWE said it is down to the public to help decide the chosen location.
Jacob Hain, project manager for Triton Knoll offshore windfarm, said: ""We like to take this opportunity to discuss with members of the public about the plans and answer their questions.
"With the locations shortlisted for the intermediate electrical compound, the compound could appear anywhere in that area, we don't need the whole site.
"All of the zones are feasible and all will be able to accommodate the infrastructure. The public comments will help with the decision on which location will be chosen.
"All of them have some characteristics which would be better than the other sites for certain considerations.
"We are expecting a lot of responses from this consultation and we will take all the feedback into account as well as consulting with statutory bodies."
A decision on the chosen location for the intermediate compound is expected to be announced this summer.
He said consistent messages came out from the consultations in Bicker and Swineshead, which was attended by 193 people.
"People are concerned about the access into the site at Bicker and roads not being suitable for heavy vehicles coming through the village. This is something that we have taken away and will look at a possible alternative solution.
"Concerns were also raised about the visual impact. From the exhibition events, we were able to explain that there would be a good opportunity for screening and we explained some of the measures we would put in place.
"It was not unanimous against the project but there was strong feeling on concern on the back of previous developments and so we were able to clearly explain our plans and answer any questions."
Public exhibitions will take place at Stickney Community Hall on Saturday, March 9 from 3pm-7pm and The Royal Hotel in Skegness this Sunday, March 10 from 3pm-7pm and on Monday, March 11 from 12pm-6pm.
The public consultation closes on April 5.