Action group to meet over planned Viking Link plans

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A meeting is set to take place on Thursday to discuss the plans for a €2 billion link between Britain and Denmark’s electrical systems.

The Swineshead Viking Action Group, which is opposed to placing the interconnector alongside the village, is holding the event at Swineshead Village Hall from 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start.

A member of the group told the Standard they felt consultation events had been ‘poorly advertised and said: “We’re all dead against it being so close.

“Local residents and interested people are invited to come along to discuss the plans and talk about what we’re going to do about it.”

The spokesman said that, among other concerns, it was felt the money which is to be spent on the project could be used ‘internally’ on other solutions including solar, wind and hydro energy.

The event is planned to include Boston Borough Council Coun Mike Brookes and planning officer Paul Edwards and members have written to a number of MPs and company representatives.

As reported in The Standard last week (April 13), the Viking Link would see cabling being laid over a distance of 740km from Denmark to a National Grid substation at Bicker Fen.

A converter station would also be needed in the Bicker Fen area to change the ‘direct current’ electricity into the ‘alternating current’ that is used on land.

Underground cables would then link the converter station to the existing Bicker Fen electricity substation.

Those behind the link say it will help provide the UK with a secure supply of affordable energy and move it towards greener sources of power.

A six-week consultation over four possible sites for the converter station – and three potential sites near Skegness where the cables could come ashore – launched on April 11.

Consultation has since taken place at Swineshead Village Hall and Bicker Village Hall on Saturday,with another planned at The Ruby Hunt Centre, in Donington, on Friday, from noon to 8pm.

The project is being developed by National Grid Viking Link Ltd and Energinet.dk, the Danish electricity transmission system operator.

Oliver Wood, National Grid Viking Link project director, has previously said: “We want to work with the local community to find the best location for our equipment and to minimize any impact on local communities.”

Views can also be shared on 0800 731 0561 and vikinglink@communityrelations.co.uk.