East Thurrock Grid: Still time to have your say

National Grid is reminding East Thurrock residents that they have until Monday 29 November to give their views on options for new electrical infrastructure required in the area.

The project, known as the East Thurrock Connection, is to connect a new gas-fired power station proposed for Coryton – InterGen’s Gateway Energy Centre – by way of a new substation and connection to the existing overhead line in the area.

Brian Smethurst, East Thurrock Connection project manager, said: “We’ve held a series of public consultation events across Corringham and Stanford-le-Hope over the last few weeks to help us identify the best location for the infrastructure needed to connect the Gateway Energy Centre. “The events have been really successful, with over 120 people coming along across the four days. It is a complicated project so we really appreciate the fact that the community has taken the time to get into the issues in-depth.

“It’s important that local people have the opportunity to influence and shape the final decision and we have been listening carefully to what they have said so far. There is still almost two weeks before the consultation ends and we’d like to urge as many people as possible to comment before the 29 November deadline.”

After the deadline National Grid will consider carefully all the feedback received before publishing its response early in 2011. National Grid will be consulting residents again in the New Year once the preferred substation location has been identified.

There are four ways that local people can give National Grid their views:

* Online at www.eastthurrockconnection.com

* By phone on 0800 319 6165

* By email at nationalgrid@eastthurrockconnection.com

* By Freepost to East Thurrock Connection. FREEPOST NAT3717, London SE1 2BR

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