Undersea power cable to Budleigh ‘wins public support’

PUBLISHED: 06:30 13 August 2016

Budleigh beach. Ref exb 31-16TI 5576. Picture: Terry Ife

Budleigh beach. Ref exb 31-16TI 5576. Picture: Terry Ife

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Plans for a major cross-channel electricity cable, which would come ashore at Budleigh Salterton, have been welcomed by residents, those behind the project have said.

The FAB Project would see an interconnector installed between France, Alderney and Britain.

The 1,400-megawatt underground and subsea interconnector would reach Britain at Budleigh before linking to the National Grid substation near Broadclyst.

There would be no pylons associated with the project in Britain, where the converter station would be the only part above ground.

Public consultation events were recently held in Budleigh, Woodbury and Cranbrook, with detailed proposals shown.

Those behind the project say early analysis of the feedback received shows 90 per cent support.

FAB development manager Chris Jenner said: “Over the three days, we had more than 350 visitors and we’ve already received an encouraging amount of feedback which shows that the people of East Devon are very supportive of the project.

“We still welcome further feedback, and there is an opportunity for people who weren’t able to attend any of the events to give us their views via the website. We’re particularly asking people to let us know which of two alternative routes through Budleigh Salterton they prefer.

“Once the consultation period closes, we’ll carefully consider all the responses before drawing up our final proposals and submitting them to the relevant authorities for approval.”

The consultation runs until September 5, and full details of the proposals are available online at www.fablink.net, as well as at Budleigh Salterton Library during normal opening hours.


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