Halstead: Campaigners cry foul over substation consultation

Sep 12, 2013

The fallout over the controversial siting of a electricity substation is continuing, amid claims one of the options was only persisted with to gather support for another.

Last week, National Grid announced a site on the A131, between Wickham St Paul and Twinstead, as its preferred option for a new substation as part of a major regional upgrade project.

The 2 1/2-acre site in Wickham St Paul, on a field between Butler’s Wood and Waldegrave Wood, was one of three options put forward, along with two in Castle Hedingham.

Twinstead resident David Holland, of the Stour Valley Underground protest group, has now suggested that by September last year National Grid already knew that a substation would not be built on land north of Colne Valley Farm Park in Castle Hedingham because of transport access issues.

He claims it only went ahead with the option as part of a ploy to gather support from Castle Hedingham residents for its favoured option all along.

National Grid insisted its consultation was fair and thorough, and pointed out that people will have the opportunity to comment again during consultation on the wider Bramford to Twinstead connection project.