Essex/Suffolk: Have your say on connection proposals

Pylons are controversial in Suffolk.

Pylons are controversial in Suffolk. - Credit: Archant

PEOPLE in north-east Essex have only a few days left to give their feedback on National Grid’s plans for a new electricity substation.

National Grid says it needs to build the new substation near Wickham St Paul to support the new Bramford to Twinstead high-voltage connection

The energy giant says the extra infrastructure is needed to support its proposed new Bramford to Twinstead high voltage connection.

The controversial project has seen strong opposition from the community and the EADT has been running a Stop the Pylons campaign.

The deadline for submissions about the substation, which would be built close to Wickham St Paul, near Halstead, is Sunday, April 8.

National Grid says the substation would enable it to take down more than 80 pylons and 25 km of an existing lower voltage line owned by UK Power Networks, which runs between Burstall Bridge and Twinstead Tee.

Over the last few weeks residents have attended a number of public consultation events across the area.

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National Grid senior project manager Brian Smethurst said: “We are grateful to all those who have already responded to the substation consultation, this feedback will be important in helping us shape our proposals.”

To have your say visit, call the community relations team on 0800 377 7340, send them an email at, or alternatively write to the team at Freepost, National Grid Connections.

National Grid will then review all representations to see if there are any new issues it should consider before confirming the proposed substation location.

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