Go-ahead for new elec­tric­ity tow­ers

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

Planning per­mis­sion has been granted to Eir­gird to con­struct new elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion tow­ers in Dunlavin.

Eirgrid, which man­ages and op­er­ates the coun­try’s elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion net­work, sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to build two elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion tow­ers and associated works in the vicin­ity of ex­ist­ing elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion tow­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion, one of the tow­ers would be a tem­po­rary con­struc­tion of an elec­tric­ity dou­ble cir­cuit trans­mis­sion tower for test pur­poses and would be de­mol­ished af­ter a pe­riod of five years. Per­mis­sion was sought for a sec­ond tower that would re­place per­ma­nently an ex­ist­ing elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion tower on the site. The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would take place in the town­land of Mul­lycagh Up­per in Dunlavin.

The planning sec­tion gave the de­vel­op­ment the go-ahead sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions. Among these, the site of the tem­po­rary elec­tric­ity tower must re-in­stated to agri­cul­tural land once the five-year pe­riod ends. The project must also be mon­i­tored by an ar­chae­ol­o­gist who will have the au­thor­ity to stop work, if ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ma­te­ri­als are found, to al­low for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions and mea­sures if needed.

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