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SSEN Transmission starts latest round of substation and line route events

By David Porter

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SSEN Transmission's public events across the Blackhillock to New Deer and Peterhead project route got underway this week with the first of a series of pre-application consultation meetings relating to several new sub-station locations.

The first event took place in Maud on Monday and was followed on Tuesday by the second at Cuminestown wheer a packed hall saw dozens of local residents turn out to find out more about the New Deer 2 substation site, its location, how it will link into the proposed tranmission line that will cut a swathe across the area and also how this site is to be connected to the exisiting sub-station which will not be able to meet the capacity issues caused by the new 400kV line.

Cuminestown held the first of the pre-application events for the New Deer substation site. Picture: David Porter
Cuminestown held the first of the pre-application events for the New Deer substation site. Picture: David Porter

A spokesperson for SSEN said: "Since our last consultation in Spring 2023, we have narrowed down our proposals and there have been some changes to what we called our 'preferred' routes that we want to consult you on.

"We invite all interested parties to attend our drop-in exhibitions to discuss our plans with the project team and share your views."

The events continue at the following locations-

Wednesday 28, 2-7pm Longside Parish Church Hall (Substation PAC Event).

Thursday 29, 2-7pm New Deer Public Hall .

Tuesday March 5, 2-7pm Baden Powell Centre, Turriff (Substation PAC Event).

Wednesday 6, 2-7pm Stewarts Hall, Huntly (Substation PAC Event).

Thursday 7, 10am-1pm Cairnie Memorial Hall, Cairnie (Substation PAC Event).

Thursday 7, 2-7pm Longmore Hall, Keith.

Monday 11, 10-1pm Community Arts Centre, Nairn.

Monday 11, 3-7pm Fortnightly Hall, Fortnightly, Nairn.

Tuesday 12, 10-1pm Culloden Visitor Centre, Culloden Battlefield, Inverness.

Tuesday 12, 2-7pm Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness.

Wednesday 13, 10am-1pm Dallas Houldsworth Institute, Dallas.

Wednesday 13, 2-7pm, Forres Town Hall, Forres (Substation PAC Event).

Tuesday 26, 2-7pm Kiltarlity Village Hall, Beauly (Substation PAC Event).

Thursday 28, 2-7pm Phipps Hall, Beauly.

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