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Halstead: Electricity substation decision criticised by campaigners
11:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
Villagers believe a huge electricity substation will destroy the picturesque countryside.
National Grid has announced a site on the A131, between Wickham St Paul and Twinstead, as its preferred option as part of a major regional upgrade project.
The two-and-a-half acre site in Wickham St Paul, on a field between Butler’s Wood and Waldegrave Wood, was one of three options considered by National Grid.
It had also considered two sites near Castle Hedingham as possible locations.
Twinstead resident David Holland, of the Stour Valley Underground protest group, said: “This is a scandalous decision.
“They have not listened to local opinion or responded to it in any way whatsoever.
“The screening they speak of is going to take a generation to be totally effective - beyond the lifetime of Twinstead residents who are going to be affected.
“The countryside around Halstead is important because the town is suffering economically and needs to find new ways to earn its keep.”
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