Regret over missing Grid West letters

Grid West who are developing a new high capacity powerline from Bellacorrick to Flagford, Cortober said they “sincerely regret” that some households in the area did not receive a letter on the project.

Grid West who are developing a new high capacity powerline from Bellacorrick to Flagford, Cortober said they “sincerely regret” that some households in the area did not receive a letter on the project.

Since the start of the Grid West project in May 2012, EirGrid has engaged in a process of extensive consultation which included a series of advertisements on local radio and in newspapers, a total of 17 open days with communities across the west, the opening of a dedicated information centre in Castlebar, the establishment of various channels by which people can engage with the project team directly, EirGrid has updated elected representatives regularly and posted a number of posters in towns and locations close to each event.

EirGrid wrote to over 200,000 homes in counties Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim, to communicate the ways people could contact the Grid West project team. The letters were issued to people from January 2013.

Over the course of the most recent series of open days in April 2013, it has come to EirGrid’s attention that some people had not received this letter with the contact details of the project. Having followed up on these reports, it seems a number of people in the vicinities of Ballaghaderreen and Castlerea did not receive the letter. EirGrid will be issuing letters to those areas in the coming weeks.

Grid West Project Manager, Alan McHugh said, “We are committed to engaging with communities and individuals in relation to the Grid West project. This was the first time, on a project of this scale, that we sought to issue a direct mail over 200,000 households in the study area. Although the vast majority of households received the letter, we sincerely regret that, due to an error, a number of householders did not receive this update. We are delighted with the level of engagement to date and encourage people to get involved in the consultation process. The project is at an early stage and we welcome comments and feedback on the work undertaken to date”.

The €240m Grid West project will develop a new high capacity power line linking the Bellacorick area in County Mayo to a strong point on the transmission grid at either Flagford in County Roscommon or Cashla in County Galway.