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National Grid Ventures is inviting the local community to comment on new proposals for LionLink, a subsea cable link between Great Britain and the Netherlands.
National Grid Ventures is inviting the local community to comment on new proposals for LionLink, a subsea cable link between Great Britain and the Netherlands. The supplementary non-statutory consultation will provide an opportunity for local people to comment on some refinements to the proposals, following community feedback.
Today (8 September) marks the first day of the eight-week consultation period comprising three in-person events, two online events as well as dedicated pages on the project website, featuring full exhibition materials and feedback forms.
Last year, National Grid Ventures held a non-statutory consultation for LionLink which saw 535 people attend community events and received 234 feedback responses. This feedback provided valuable insight into the area and has resulted in some refinements to the proposals.
In response to feedback around traffic access (particularly around Walberswick), an alternative landfall site at Walberswick has been identified, which could reduce access constraints and traffic impacts. In addition, an alternative onshore cable corridor to the north of Southwold has also been identified, which may reduce impacts on designated sites of ecological importance.
Gareth Burden, Director of Construction at National Grid Ventures, said: “We value community feedback and want to hear from local people to enable us to develop the best possible proposal for LionLink. In doing so, we can help to make the country’s electricity system more secure and provide access to greener electricity sources.
“The consultation process last year provided valuable insight, and this has enabled us to refine our proposals. We hope this supplementary consultation will enable us to continue the refinement of our options, demonstrating to local people how our plans are progressing and how feedback has influenced them. We are listening and we encourage people to share their views on these alternative options.”
The supplementary consultation process is primarily focused on the new alternative options. However, we welcome comments and feedback on other options, particularly for those unable to provide feedback last year.
Exhibition event 1
Date: Friday 22 September 2023
Time: 2pm - 8pm
Location: Reydon Village Hall, Reydon, Southwold, IP18 6RF
Exhibition Event 2
Date: Saturday 23 September 2023
Time: 10am - 4pm
Location: Walberswick Village Hall, The St, Southwold, IP18 6TZ
Exhibition Event 3
Date: Friday 6 October 2023
Time: 2pm – 8pm
Location: Leiston Community Centre, Sizewell Rd, Leiston IP16 4JU
For those unable to attend in person, we will also be holding two webinar events, where the project team will provide an overview of the proposals and explain the alternative options.
Date: Tuesday 17 October 2023
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Date: Wednesday 18 October 2023
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm