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MLA Meets Residents on Inter Connector Concerns

1 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Armagh City and District Councillor Cathal Boylan MLA has acknowledged the considerable community unease around the route and potential impact of the proposed electricity inter connector coming from the South.

Mr. Boylan has been meeting with local people from the Madden area worried about the path the proposed inters connector.

The proposed route of the inter connector will take it through Derynoose, Madden, Cormeen, Drumhillery, Moy and Tullysaren. Uncertainty surrounding the exact route and the location of the steel pylons which will carry the power cables are causing concerns amongst residents of the area. Residents are concerned not only with the visual impact of the erection of pylons in the landscape or close to their homes but with potential health impacts. Mr Boylan met with residents of the Madden area to discuss these issue and further meetings are planned to discuss these and other issues of concern to the residents.

Commenting on the meeting the Newry and Armagh MLA said;

"The final route of the electricity inter connector is yet to be finalised, as are the location of the pylons that will actually carry the power lines. I have met with residents of the Madden area who outlined for me the concerns they have in respect of the inter connector. These people have genuine concerns and I will be doing all I can to see that these concerns are addressed.

"To this end a meeting will take place shortly with a representative of consultants working with the electricity company and the residents.

"I will be attending this meeting and I hope it will be helpful in reassuring the people of Madden and the residents of other areas through which it proposed to route the inter connector. The fact that the route is not yet firmly established is helpful.

"I have also arranged another meeting for the Madden area with the Council to discuss the plans the community has for regenerating the area. I have been in touch with both residents and the Council and this meeting will also take place shortly. The meeting will allow the residents the opportunity to explore with the Council the various levels of support available to them from the Council and other bodies.

"I and my party colleagues in the Madden area will continue to be available to the community to support them as they seek to enhance their environment and develop the community infrastructure in the area." ENDS


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