I spoke out against the lack of proper consultation constituents have had on the East Anglia GREEN (EAG) proposals put forward by National Grid and the impact they would have on local communities in a Westminster Hall Debate in Parliament.
As I outlined during my contribution, the East of England is a net contributor to Her Majesty’s Treasury, grows the food that ends up on peoples’ plates and generates the electricity that powers our nation. Three things we are rightly proud and for which we expect to have our views heard when it comes to matters affecting us.
That is what has been so disappointing about National Grid’s approach to date; they have shut out the local voice with a consultation that simply was not fit for purpose.
Elsewhere in the UK different approaches have been taken to comparable challenges of how to get the generated electricity to the end user. The solutions are remarkably similar to what we as a group of MPs and OffSET Taskforce have been calling for.
I will continue to raise these concerns with Ministers, National Grid and Ofgem.
My speech can be found at https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-07-19/debates/03625B71-6F20-4DC1-A9AE-2BEBA9C8A6A4/NewPylonsEastAnglia and a recording of the debate is available at https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/fb930123-f92b-4be3-8b9e-0f8f42d51952.