Attymass Against Pylons is a newly formed community group that has been established to oppose the overhead route of Eirgrid’s proposed 110kv North Connacht project.
The new electricity line will run between substations in Moy, near Ballina to Tonroe, Ballaghaderreen. Eirgrid is at present looking at 7 different route corridor options, four of these involve overhead lines, and 3 would be underground cable.
The overhead lines would visually impact the landscape and as a result rural communities, as significant metal structures are required to keep the overhead lines erect. The underground option which involves running a cable, tends to be a more expensive choice, and is the the preferred option for Attymass Against Pylons.
Covid 19 has impacted on the extent of consultation with communities that Eirgrid can undertake. The company is running webinars and is contacting householders potentially affected by the development, and earlier this week extended out the consultation stage that was due to close next week, out to December 11th.
Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley has been in Attymass and spoke to Anita Ginnelly and Mairead Melody about local concern and the increasing number of people signing a petition against the proposed overhead routes. Mairead began by explaining why the group was formed, in a Covid restricted world, while Anita advises everyone in north Connacht to familiarize themselves now with the details of the proposed overhead routes and their potential impact on their lives.
Eirgrid have project team members that can be contacted at 086 1720156 or 087 2477732.Information on the project is also available on wwweirgridgroup.com/northconnacht project
Eirgrid Webinars will take place: Tuesday December 1st at 1pm, Thursday December 3rd at 6pm and Monday December 7th at 8pm
Midwest News will speak to an Eirgrid spokesperson on our Evening Edition Programme at 5.30pm