Meeting on IFA2 at Lee-on-the-Solent answers key concerns

Residents had the chance in December to find out about plans for the IFA2 interconector which could be built at Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solen
Residents had the chance in December to find out about plans for the IFA2 interconector which could be built at Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solen
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VISUAL impact and alternative locations for an interconnector were discussed at a meeting.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage met with National Grid and residents to talk about issues they have with the IFA2 plans.

Representatives from the Hill Head, Peel Common and Lee-on-the-Solent residents’ associations were given the opportunity to talk openly about their concerns.

The meeting was attended by eight experts from National Grid ,who specialise in a number of areas from noise to engineering.

Martin Marks, chairman of the Lee Residents’ Association, said: ‘Our biggest concerns are the size of the building, the noise which could be emitted and the possibility of electromagnetic radiation.

‘All of these issues, along with others like employment, were also brought up at the meeting.

‘The need for additional power sources for the UK is accepted by us, but we feel that Daedalus is the wrong place to install this one.’

As previously reported by The News, the interconnector, which will not generate power, will be used to import and export electricity to and from France when needed.

National Grid wants to build the plant at the enterprise zone of Daedalus, which is near the Peel Common ward of Gosport.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘The meeting was useful from the point of view that there was a lot of mythbusting.

‘It was good to be able to get to the bottom of some of the big issues like the size, the location and the noise.

‘Some of the questions residents and myself didn’t like the answers to. But National Grid showed how serious it is taking this by bringing a mass team of experts.’

She added: ‘What we need to remember is there is another round of consultations where we will have a better idea of what’s going on.’