Thursday 22 February 2018

County council urged to review EirGrid proposal

Objections have been raised to the so-called super pylons, like these pictured here
Objections have been raised to the so-called super pylons, like these pictured here
Joanna Kiernan

Joanna Kiernan

BOSSES in one of the counties in the path of EirGrid's controversial proposed new powerline of 45-metre pylons are being called upon to review their development plan.

At a meeting of Kildare County Council yesterday a motion was put forward to review the county plan.

Councillors argued that at the time the plan was drawn up none of the proposals for new powerlines traversing the county had been put to the council.

"I don't believe that anyone wants to stop the infrastructure going ahead, but it's the manner in which it is being proposed," Kildare Fianna Fail councillor Martin Miley said.

"EirGrid were well aware of the plans they had for our county when the plan was being drawn up, but they stated that upgrading the existing lines was all that they were looking at."

EirGrid, which operates the electricity system, is facing severe objections to plans to erect the pylons as part of a massive €3.2bn overhaul of the country's electricity infrastructure.

Kildare county director of services John Lahard told the chamber that it would be "very unusual to have a plan that's specific to micro-detail".

He called on the members concerned to come back to the next meeting with specific suggestions as to the changes they want.

Irish Independent

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