National Grid’s £500m energy centre plan goes on show

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RESIDENTS’ opinions were divided at the first public consultation event about a proposed energy interconnector site.

National Grid is seeking views on its £500m project which would see a centre built at Daedalus, which would bring in electricity via more than 120 miles of undersea cables from France.

The plans, if approved, would see a 20m-tall building built on 10 acres of the former Royal Navy airfield, near Stubbington.

National Grid held the first of six events today at Lockswood Community Centre in Locks Heath.

Titchfield Common resident Robin Halliday was in support. The 77-year-old said: ‘It is essential nationally and it has got to go somewhere.’

However Charles Perry, from Stubbington, said he has concerns over electromagnetic fields and the impact on gliders using the airfield.

The 74-year-old said: ‘I don’t like it and I don’t want it.’

Morris Bray, from the National Grid, said: ‘We have put on lots of events across the area to make it accessible and so we can encourage as many people as possible to come along and ask questions.’

An exhibition is due to be held tomorrow at St Faith’s Parish Church in Lee-on-the-Solent from 4pm until 8pm.

There will be a Community Action Team meeting on Thursday at 7pm at Stubbington Baptist Church, in Cuckoo Lane, which will follow an a display at the church taking place from 3pm until 7pm.

Other exhibitions will be held on Friday at Warsash Victory Hall from 4pm until 8pm and on Saturday at Crofton Community Centre from 11am until 4pm.