Yesterday, Progress Power met with local residents in Yaxley, Mellis and Eye to explain and answer questions about its plans for an Electrical Connection Compound (ECC) that would connect its proposed power station on the former Eye Airfield to the National Grid’s overhead electricity transmission system that runs parallel to the A140 road. More than 70 people attended the three drop-in sessions, including a number of local parish, district and county councillors. The Progress Power team answered a range of questions about its plans including the choice of the ECC’s location, the access to it and its visual impact. The team also explained the need for the ECC, its rationale for choosing to bury the electrical connection underground and its intention to screen the ECC.
Information on the ECC can be downloaded from the Progress Power website and it can be viewed at local libraries. The deadline for people to send Progress Power their comments on the ECC and its access arrangements is 6 March. Progress Power will consider the written views and the comments made at today’s drop-in sessions as it finalises its application for a Development Consent Order for the Project; this is expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate at the end of March.