A RENEWABLE energy developer has been accused of reverting to ‘its old tricks’ after announcing plans which could see the local area disturbed by underground cabling.
RWE npower renewables has asked landowners in the Ingoldmells, Gunby and Willoughby areas to carry out ‘non-intrusive ecological surveys’ on their land.
The investigation will form part of RWE’s plans to determine the ‘best possible route’ for underground cables linking the proposed Triton Knoll offshore wind farm with a substation in Bicker Fen.
Although the areas in question are among numerous other potential routes, none of which have been decided upon, local councillors and residents are determined not to allow what they see as ‘unprecedented disruption and huge environmental disturbance,’ in their local area.
Having fought tirelessly in opposition to RWE’s earlier plans to build a 40 acre substation at one of four possible sites in East Lindsey, campaigners were ‘very disappointed’ to learn of these latest plans, which they now intend to fight with equal determination.
Coun Colin Davie said: “I am very disappointed to see RWE are up to their old tricks, after they have been given a connection for the Triton Knoll at Bicker Fen by the National Grid. There is no need to start this nonsense of wanting to search for underground cable routes in my area.
“I will not support having landowners and residents suffering unprecedented disruption and huge environmental disturbance because it is clear RWE don’t have any honourable intentions whatsoever towards Lincolnshire and its communities for this project.
“I urge all landowners to refuse access to land and tell RWE where to go.”
Coun Davie and his fellow opponents believe RWE would cause the least disruption to residents and businesses if they chose a cable route along the seabed, joining the land only when it had the least possible distance to cover before reaching the Bicker Fen substation in the south of the county. Coun Angie Smith said: “I am very disappointed RWE are still trying to use our area for any part of the Triton Knoll project considering the significant amount of cable routing alone it was proved would cause to local farmers, businesses, coastal traffic routes and local residents.”
RWE claims to have arrived at these prospective routes after conducting onshore and offshore environmental and engineering studies.
Project manager at RWE Jacob Hain said: “These initial studies have helped us narrow down the routes options.
“We now want to investigate these options further by undertaking environmental surveys and have written to a number of landowners to request permission to do this.”