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Halstead: Castle Hedingham substation problems known a year ago
1:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
Plans to build a huge substation near Castle Hedingham were in doubt as early as one year ago.
At the end of last month National Grid announced that a two and a half acre site on the A131, between Wickham St Paul and Twinstead, was its preferred option for a new substation as part of a major regional upgrade project.
But Twinstead resident David Holland, of the Stour Valley Underground protest group, criticised the consultation on four proposed sites, claiming 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.
A statement released by Braintree Council this week acknowledges that it was aware of the issues with the site.
Councillor Lady Newton said: “The Highway access report commissioned by National Grid in 2012 does raise specific issues regarding the transportation of major infrastructure to the proposed substation site located close to Colne Valley Farm Park.
“However there was also a proposed solution to the problem set out in the report, and therefore if National Grid had judged this site as suitable in other aspects, the transport issue could have been overcome."
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