€5,000 for a copy of North South Interconnector Planning application outrageous – Matt Carthy MEP
Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has today been informed by members of the North East Pylon Pressure Campaign (NEPPC) that the cost of a hard copy of the planning application will cost €5,000 each. The group had requested four copies of the application for their members and are also asking that Eirgrid provide a hard copy to each landowner affected by the application.
Commenting on the correspondence between the NEPPC and Eirgrid officials, Carthy said:
“It is completely outrageous that a full hard copy of this planning application costs €5,000.
“ I agree with the members of the North East Pylon Pressure Campaign that the astronomical costs involved in obtaining a copy of this application will put it out of the reach of many in the community affected by the proposed pylons.
“The message from the local communities could not be clearer – they do not want overhead Pylons blighting some of the most historical landscapes of this country and presenting a real danger to their communities.
“This is another slap in the face to the community who have had to listen to PR exercise after PR exercise from Eirgrid stating their full commitment to engage with local communities on the proposed Pylons.
“While I acknowledge that soft copies of the application are provided on CD many people need access to a hard copy for various reasons and at the least it would be expected that the landowners affected could receive a copy of the application.
“Eirgrid cannot expect to be to be taken seriously on its claims of extensive public consultation while communities are effectively excluded from the planning process and I am calling on the company to make the application more readily available.”