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WAPA EMAIL TO SUPPORTERS
|Dear WAPA Supporter
There has been a lot of press coverage this week about the National Grid’s decision to ‘ shelve’ the Blackhillock to Kintore reinforcement project. These headlines suggest the issue has gone away. It hasn’t! SSE themselves have indicated that this is simply a pause rather than a cancellation of the project. The plan still exists and it will be reviewed again in the next National Grid assessment which will be published in a year’s time.
What this does mean is that we now have a year in which to get SSE to do a proper assessment of the alternative options and to get Scottish politicians to follow the example of their colleagues in Wales who have recently unanimously agreed that future transmission projects should use alternative transmission technology and avoid overhead cabling and pylons.
The first step towards this is MSP Mike Rumbles’ motion in the Scottish Parliament next week.
Please do YOUR bit now by writing to your MSP’s asking them to support the motion and to enter into the debate. Once you’ve done your bit ask your friends living all over Scotland to do the same thing.
The write to them website is really easy to use and will let you contact all your elected representatives in one go. Please quote the following information in your letter:
Motion Number S5M-03637
Title: Blackhillock to Kintore Transmission line on 7 February.
Tabled by: Mike Rumbles MSP 25th January 2017
Let’s keep the ball rolling so that when this project gets to the top of the list we’ll be ready!
West Aberdeenshire Pylon Action
National Grid has just published its second Networks Options Assessment (NOA) report, which makes recommendations for transmission projects across Britain on the basis that they should either “proceed”, “delay” or “do not proceed”. This report recommends that the Blackhillock to Kintore reinforcement project should now ‘not proceed’.
While WAPA welcomes this development, it is important to recognise that SSE themselves have indicated that this is a pause rather than a cancellation of the project.
WAPA will take some time to discuss this with SSE and others in order to establish exactly what this means for the project in the short and longer term. In the meantime it remains essential that local communities ask their MSP’s to support Mike Rumbles motion in the Scottish Parliament on 7 February which seeks to ensure that future transmission projects use alternative transmission technology and avoid overhead cabling and pylons.”