Come along and have your say on pylon removal project

  • Local people invited to have their say on proposals to replace a 2km stretch of overhead electricity transmission line with an underground connection along the Trans Pennine Trail
  • Consultation events to be held on: Saturday 1 December, Wednesday 5 December, Thursday 6 December and Saturday 8 December

Local people in the Peak District are invited to have their say at a series of public consultation events and find out more about proposals to replace an existing section of overhead electricity transmission line along the Trans Pennine Trail with an underground solution.

The plans, which are being proposed by National Grid, would see a 2km stretch of overhead electricity transmission line and seven pylons removed east of the Woodhead tunnel near Dunford Bridge as part of a project* to enhance the landscape.

Since the project first began in 2015, National Grid has been working together with local stakeholders to develop its proposals, including the Peak District National Park Authority, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Dunford Parish Council, the Trans Pennine Trail, Natural England and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

At the events, local people will be able to find out the facts about the project and share their views.  Members of the National Grid project team will also be on hand to answer any questions about the plans.

The events are being held on:

  • Saturday 1 December 2018 10am – 4pm Pennine Sailing Club, Winscar Reservoir, Dunford Bridge, South Yorkshire, S36 4TF
  • Wednesday 5 December 2018 1pm – 6:30pm Millhouse Green Institute, Manchester Road, Millhouse Green, Sheffield, S36 9NZ
  • Thursday 6 December 2018 10am – 3pm St John’s Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6AR and 4pm – 8pm Dunford Parish Community Centre, A616 Sheffield Road, Nr Crow Edge, HD9 7TP
  • Saturday 8 December 2018 10am – 4pm Pennine Sailing Club, Winscar Reservoir, Dunford Bridge, South Yorkshire, S36 4TF

Feedback is invited by 5 January 2019 by completing a form, which will be available at the events, or can be requested by calling 0330 134 0051, or emailing visualimpact@nationalgrid.com.

Chris Baines, chair of the VIP project’s independent, national Stakeholder Advisory Group said: “This is another important milestone for the VIP project.  The proposals that will be on display at the events are the result of years of close consultation with the project’s local and national stakeholder partners.

“The Peak District scheme was chosen because of the significant visual impact the current infrastructure has on the landscape around Dunford Bridge and on the views from the National Park’s popular Trans Pennine Trail.  We are looking forward to making a positive contribution to enhancing the landscape of the National Park.”

Eloise Frank, VIP project manager (North), added: “These events are an excellent opportunity for residents to come along, learn more about the project and have their say.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the community to the events and to share our plans with them, before we submit our planning application in early 2019.”