Have your say on GridWest

EirGrid has announced the commencement of the second round of public consultation on the Grid West project, the local open day will be held in The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, August 30.

EirGrid has announced the commencement of the second round of public consultation on the Grid West project, the local open day will be held in The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, August 30.

Carrick-on-Shannon is set for a “motorway” of electricity from the €240m Grid West Project earmarked for the region. The high voltage system 21st Century infrastructure will be running from Bellacorrick’s substation in Mayo to Flagford, Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. By connecting the electricity generated by renewable energy resources, the project will facilitate significant job creation and investment as well as contributing to national recovery and growth. The Grid West project plans to develop and upgrade the national electricity transmission network from now until 2025.

This second round of public consultation will focus on information gathered over the past number of months in relation to the study area for the proposed Grid West electricity development.

Alan McHugh Project Manager said that since the launch of the project in May 2012 there has been a very positive level of engagement from the community with a clear recognition of the significant benefit the project will bring to the region. “EirGrid is committed to early, transparent engagement and consultation with local communities and stakeholders. We have engaged in a first round of consultation with the public and stakeholders in the west through a number of channels; a dedicated project office, open days, meetings, dedicated email, web and phone and local media advertisements,” explained Mr McHugh.

The Grid West project team have a comprehensive Constraints Report which identifies key points of note such as heritage sites, national monuments, areas designated for conservation, towns, villages and communities and all existing infrastructure like transmission lines, roads, and railways. EirGrid is asking the public to view the work which has been carried out to date and to share their views. The Grid West project team is encouraging anyone who has an interest in the project to come along to the second round of public consultations in Teach Laighne, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo on August 29 and in The Landmark Hotel, Carrick on August 30 from 1-8pm.