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Project Update - December 2014

In January EirGrid committed to carrying out a comprehensive review of our public consultation process in light of criticisms we had received during our last public consultation on the Grid West Project.

We have now published this review, which includes two independent studies that we commissioned to evaluate our consultation process.

Although the review has found that EirGrid’s approach to public consultation met European and international standards, it also sets out where we fell short of what people expected from us and how we are responding.

Included in our report are a number of recommendations designed to enhance future public consultations, including on the Grid West Project.

These include independently chaired Regional Discussion Forums, a Consultation Toolkit to enable communities to participate more effectively in public consultation, a Complaints Procedure and a new Consultation Handbook and training for EirGrid staff.

We are also continuing our work developing an overhead and underground option to the same level of detail for submission to the Government-appointed Independent Expert Panel later this month, which will ensure that the overhead and underground options for the project are assessed in a fair and transparent manner.

Project Update - October 2014

We are currently developing an underground and overhead option for the Grid West Project and will present our analysis of both options to the Government-appointed Independent Expert Panel later this year. We have been listening to feedback about the project from individuals and communities and will hold information clinics in the coming weeks so people can meet the project team and discuss the project in greater detail.

These information clinics will take place in;

The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon

Thursday 9th October 4pm – 8pm • Thursday 16th October 4pm – 8pm  •23rd October 4pm – 8pm • Thursday 30th October 4pm – 8pm

The Grid West project information centre, Bury Central, Bury Street, Ballina

Tuesday 14th October 4pm – 8pm • Tuesday 21st October 4pm – 8pm • Tuesday 28th October 4pm – 8pm • Tuesday  4th November 4pm – 8pm

Please call our information line on 1890 94 08 02  to make an appointment in advance, or email us on gridwest@eirgrid.com

 Project Update - September 2014

In October 2013, we published a 1km wide corridor running from north Mayo to Flagford in Co. Roscommon and commenced studies and engagement with landowners within the corridor with a view to identifying the best overhead line route option for the project. Following further studies and feedback on the initial line route, we have altered the corridor in two localised areas (south-east of Ballaghderreen and north-east of Foxford),so as to facilitate investigation of alternative line routes, which studies to date indicate may have less impact overall on residential properties in the areas concerned.

Detailed maps of the localised corridor alterations can be seen here or at our information offices in Ballina and Ballaghaderreen, which will be open from 10am to 6pm from Monday 1st September - Friday 5th September 2014.

Later this year, EirGrid’s analysis of the underground and overhead options for the project will be reviewed by the Independent Expert Panel appointed by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to provide reassurance to the public that all options are being looked at in a fair, objective and comparable way. Work on both the overhead and underground options is being advanced in line with the terms of reference set by the Panel.

Project Update - August 2014

The project team would like to thank everyone who has been in contact with us and provided feedback on the project to date. The team is currently progressing work on both the overhead and underground options, in line with the terms of reference set by the Independent Expert Panel. We hope to present our analysis to the panel later this year, and they have indicated that they hope to be in a position to provide an opinion on this analysis in January 2015.

We are particularly seeking feedback from landowners and homeowners regarding the selection of potential substation sites at Moygownagh and Flagford, for both the overhead and underground options.

While the project accepts feedback at all times, we would ask that people submit any feedback they have as close as possible to 31st August 2014, to ensure that they are given the fullest consideration as we prepare the report for the Independent Expert Panel.  

There are a number of channels through which you can contact the team and submit feedback.

Telephone: LoCall 1890 940 802

Email: gridwest@eirgrid.com

Visit: Grid West Information Centres in:

  • Ballina, Bury Central, Bury Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo (open Monday and Tuesday – 10am to 6pm – except bank holidays).
  • Ballaghaderreen, The Square, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon (open Wednesday and Thursday – 10am to 6pm).
  • Castlebar, Linenhall Street, Castlebar Co. Mayo (by appointment – call 1890 940 802).

Project Update - July 2014

Next Steps - Landowner Engagement

As outlined at the recent open days, over the coming weeks, we will be contacting landowners on both the underground and overhead options with a view to progressing EirGrid’s analysis of both, in line with the terms of reference set by the Government-appointed Independent Expert Panel.

We have now published two dedicated landowner information brochures; detailing the steps required in the development of an overhead line and/or construction of an underground cable. These brochures will be issued to relevant landowners as part of the next phase in the project, which will see work progress on both the underground and overhead options in parallel.

  • The Landowner Brochure - overhead option ‌outlines EirGrid's approach to landowner engagement and the methods employed in constructing an overhead line route through agricultural land, should this be the option chosen for the Grid West project.
  • The Landowner Brochure - underground option  explains the steps required in constructing an underground cable and the efforts that will be taken to minimise potential environmental impact and traffic disruption, should this be the option chosen for the Grid West project. An underground cable will only cross private lands where it is required to cross existing infrastructure, such as rivers and railway crossings.

Project Update - July 2014

The Grid West team recently completed a series of five open days, from 7th-11th July, where we presented the work done to date on the emerging preferred underground option (underground option) and on proposed localised changes to the overhead route corridor. This is the fifth round of open days we have held, bringing the total number to 27. The project team would like to thank everyone who has been in contact with us and provided feedback on the project.

Your feedback is important, if you were unable to attend the open days, please be assured that there are a number of channels through which you can contact the team and provide your feedback:

Telephone: LoCall 1890 940 802

Email: gridwest@eirgrid.com

Visit: Grid West Information Centres in:

  • Ballina, Bury Central, Bury Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo (open Monday and Tuesday – 10am to 6pm – except bank holidays).
  • Ballaghaderreen, The Square, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon (open Wednesday and Thursday – 10am to 6pm).
  • Castlebar, Linenhall Street, Castlebar Co. Mayo (by appointment – call 1890 940 802).

Over the coming weeks, we will be contacting landowners on both the underground and overhead line route options with a view to progressing EirGrid’s analysis of both options in line with the terms of reference set by the Panel. We hope to present our analysis to the panel later this year, and they have indicated that they hope to be in a position to provide an opinion on this analysis in January 2015. Following this a further round of public consultation will take place early next year.

 

Previous Activity:

Links to activity updates earlier this year, and previous years project activity are given below.

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