Consultation on windfarm cables link-up
People affected by the route of cables that will connect the proposed Triton Knoll offshore windfarm to the National Grid at Bicker Fen will be able to find out more and give their views in a consultation process starting on February 19.
A decision is expected this summer on plans for the windfarm off the coast near Skegness, which would produce energy for up to 850,000 homes.
Yesterday RWE npower Renewables announced the proposed route the underground cables will take to link up to the existing 50-acre National Grid substation on Bicker Fen – and pinpointed four suggested sites nearby for a new 49-acre substation which will have pylons up to 15 m high.
While Bicker and Swineshead parish councils were awaiting more details yesterday, Bicker Fen residents were already preparing for a battle.
John Bowler (71), who retired with wife Helen to Cowbridge Road ten years ago, said: “We’d been here three days when an application was made for the Bicker Fen wind turbines and though we fought them and the National Grid sub-station, both were built and destroyed our lives for five years, with 355,000 vehicle movements past our house on a narrow road with no footpath. No-one’s saying this new substation shouldn’t be built, it’s a question of the best site for it where people’s lives won’t be disrupted.”
MP for Boston and Skegness Mark Simmonds said: “I can assure the residents of Bicker Fen that I will support their opposition to the proposal to construct a huge sub-station against their wishes.”
Local councils, landowners and environmental groups will be consulted from February 19, and the public are invited to meet RWE npower staff and see the plans on Tuesday, March 5, at Swineshead Village Hall from 3-7pm, and on Wednesday, March 6, at Bicker Village Hall from 3-7pm.
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