Issue - meetings
High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Cable - Easements
Meeting: 12/01/2012 - Cabinet (Item 253)
A report by the Director of Technical Services advised the Cabinet of the proposed Western High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Link project being promoted by National Grid/Scottish Power and sought endorsement for the proposed preferred route through the foreshore at Leasowe, under the embankment and Leasowe Common, across a track and agricultural land at Meols, and across Arrowe Park Golf Course.
The report also explained why the route needed to cross Arrowe Park Golf Course on the basis that no other engineering solution avoiding the Park was viable and sought authority for the Director of Law, HR and Asset Management to appoint a consultant to negotiate easements across Council land at no cost to the Council.
The Director informed that representatives from the Nationalgrid were working with a small group of officers and were happy to talk and negotiate. It was committed to attending Area Forums to consult on what it wanted to do.
RESOLVED: That Cabinet
(1) notes the proposed Western HVDC project to meet the objectives of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to increase the proportion of UK energy from renewable sources as described in the Appendix to the report;
(2) endorses the proposed preferred route through Arrowe Park Golf Course on the basis that no other engineering solution avoiding the Park is viable;
(3) authorises the Director of Law, HR & Asset Management to appoint a consultant to negotiate easements through Council land and associated compensation payments, with fees to be met by National Grid; and
(4) requests officers to keep it informed of future progress in relation to this important project.