Keeping up with the Cotswolds community

Summer 2023 has seen National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision project team host five public information events within the local area, seeking to keep the community informed on developments on the project which will see the removal of up to 18 pylons and around 7km of overhead line.

We’ve also added an extra event at Cleeve Common Golf Club on 23rd September 2023 between 10am and 2pm. Our thanks to the Golf Club and Cleeve Common Trustees for facilitating this event.

The series of summer events began on 1 July at Cleeve Common where National Grid team members set up a pop up stall near the radio masts car park. Despite the poor weather, there was a mix of new and informed visitors, many out battling the elements to walk a dog or get a run in, who gave overwhelmingly positive feedback on the VIP project plans.

This event was followed by exhibitions at Stanton Hall, Charlton Kings on 6 July, Winchcombe Museum on 8 July and Whittington Village Hall on 13 July. Across these well attended events feedback was largely upbeat and optimistic and the growing excitement toward the VIP project was clear. Visitors showed a keen interest in project timelines and progress, logistics, engineering and the archaeological and ecological considerations of the project.

On Bank Holiday Monday, for the second year, the project team were also out and about on a stand at the popular Winchcombe Country Show. Throughout the day, a range of community members were given key updates about project construction plans and ongoing survey work against the backdrop of the well-loved dog show and many other fun attractions.