How to have your say on controversial Aquind plans in Portsmouth before deadline

CITY residents are being urged to make their views known on controversial plans to lay electrical cables through Portsmouth as the deadline looms.

By Fiona Callingham
Monday, 5th October 2020, 4:03 pm
Updated Monday, 5th October 2020, 4:04 pm
An image provided by Aquind of inside an existing converter station. Picture: ABB
An image provided by Aquind of inside an existing converter station. Picture: ABB

Members of the public have until midnight on October 6 to send their thoughts on the Aquind Interconnector scheme to the Planning Inspectorate.

If approved the project would see electricity cables brought on to land at Eastney in Portsmouth and travelling along the east of the city before reaching Lovedean, in Hampshire. It is thought land will be dug up in places to lay the cables, and in other areas a tunnelling technique will be used.

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As reported, city politicians have raised various objections including over damage to open spaces and the impact on Eastern Road.

However, a final decision on the proposals will be made by central government.

Portsmouth South MP, Stephen Morgan, urged residents to make their views known. He said: 'Despite asking repeatedly how the £1.2bn scheme would benefit our city, it is very clear to me it will only disrupt residents’ lives and put our precious natural environment and green spaces at risk.

'That is why I continue to lobby in the strongest possible terms for constituents against this infrastructure project.

'Whilst I continue to welcome the council’s liaison with the developers, it is vital our views in Portsmouth are heard. I therefore urge residents to make sure the Planning Inspectorate knows the strength of feeling from our city on this issue of concern.'

Objections can be made by emailing [email protected] and will be accepted until midnight on October 6.

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