Talk-in held for sub­sea ca­ble

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Scot­tish and South­ern Elec­tric­ity Net­works (SSEN) has been gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion from Ar­ran res­i­dents dur­ing its two-day con­sul­ta­tion on its pro­posal to re­place the ex­ist­ing sub­ma­rine ca­ble which con­nects Ar­ran to Car­radale.

The drop-in con­sul­ta­tion, which took place at the Auchran­nie Ho­tel on Mon­day and Tues­day this week, saw the SSEN project team lay­ing out the plans and col­lat­ing opin­ions, feed­back and con­cerns which will be taken into ac­count prior to sub­mit­ting a pre-ap­pli­ca­tion con­sul­ta­tion re­port to Marine Scot­land.

Demon­strat­ing what its in­ten­tions are and how it wishes to im­ple­ment them, the project team made use of a video pre­sen­ta­tion, a host of doc­u­ments and an ex­am­ple of the marine ca­ble that would be used.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic, in­clud­ing Howard Wood of the Com­mu­nity of Ar­ran Seabed Trust (COAST) vis­ited the con­sul­ta­tion to find out more about the plans and to of­fer his lo­cal knowl­edge and opin­ions on the sub­ject.

Is­land busi­nesses, marine users and vis­i­tors have un­til Thurs­day July 5 to sub­mit com­ments to SSEN.

Con­sul­tees and mem­bers of the pub­lic will have a fur­ther op­por­tu­nity to com­ment on the ap­pli­ca­tion as part of Marine Scot­land’s con­sul­ta­tion process.

While no fixed dates for the re­place­ment have been set, a time­line of two to five years for com­ple­tion of the en­tire process is en­vis­aged.

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Kirs­tine Wood, Gary Knox and James Tar­rant of SSE gather the opin­ions of Ar­ran lo­cals, in­clud­ing Howard Wood of COAST, on the pro­posed sub­ma­rine ca­ble.

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