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National Grid thanks residents for feedback on Richborough Connection project

By Emily Stott

The National Grid has thanked residents for their feedback on the Richborough Connection project.

In May the proposed route for the new electricity connection between Richborough and Canterbury was announced.

This will involve building an overhead line and taking down the existing line which has a lower voltage.

The new style T pylons which the National Grid says could replace the taller lattice type

A number of information events were held in areas affected by the connection to ask which pylons people would prefer.

Residents in Sandwich attended an event at The Bell Hotel in June this year and put forward their ideas.

Steve Self, project manager said: “We’re now in the process of reviewing and revising our draft route taking into account your suggestions and the discussions we’ve had with land owners. We are also continuing with our surveys on the ground looking in more detail at the potential location for pylons and the type of pylon we could use.

“All of this work will help us to develop our plans before we formally ask you for your views on our full proposals early next year. Your feedback will help influence the final planning application that we’ll submit in summer 2015.”

It will now be decided whether to use the lattice pylon or the newly designed T-pylon, which consists of a single pole and T- shaped cross arms which hold the wires in a diamond shape. This means the pylon will be 10 to 15 metres shorter than traditional lattice towers.

The final planning application will be submitted by National Grid in 2015.

For more information on the Richborough Connection call 0800 157 7878 or email richboroughconnection@communitycomms.co.uk.

Further information can also be found on their website at www.richboroughconnection.co.uk.

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