Timeline

  • 2012 National Grid (NG) – 1st stage consultation on their North West Coast Connections (NWCC) project.

After a time of discussions with interested parties, this was a consultation restricted to “stakeholder” groups, e.g. local county and district councils, the Lake District National Park Authority, statutory environmental groups etc. It was not a public consultation.
Six route options were put forward, and this was later narrowed down.
Details can be found on the NG project website:
www.northwestcoastconnections.com

  • 2014 October – 2nd stage consultation.
    This was the first public consultation. It closed in November 2014.
    Three southern route options were put forward:

    • Offshore (subsea cable)
    • Onshore South with Morecambe Bay tunnel (NG-preferred)
    • Onshore South

PWP helped to raise awareness in the Broughton-in-Furness area and asked National Grid to send information leaflets to Broughton-in-Furness residents.

  • 2015 – Landowners contacted and surveys started for the Onshore route.
  • 2015 February – “Power Without Pylons” was set up. It had become obvious that a campaign was necessary to prevent serious damage to the Cumbrian landscape and visitor economy by the proposed giant pylons. PWP is campaigning for NG’s Offshore route. Our position is neutral on the power station itself.
    PWP actions subsequent to forming in February :

    • Media – we launched PWP with articles in local newspapers, local radio interviews, and a ITV Granada report.
      www.lakelandradio.co.uk/news/local-news/new-campaign-group-launched-to-fight-pylon-proposals/
      www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2015-04-15/campaign-against-pylons-in-south-cumbria/
    • Parish Councils – we have approached all PC’s along the route in order to determine their position on the issue. Parish Councils were not invited to directly contribute to the 1st stage of NG consultation. We have encouraged them to consider the effects on their residents of gigantic pylons passing through the parish and to object to the Onshore pylon route.
    • Lindal PC – we gave a short presentation to a council meeting.
    • Friends of the Lake District – we held discussions with FLD. We have similar aims on this issue and they supported the creation of PWP.
    • Furness Enterprise summit meeting with MPs Jamie Reed and John Woodcock – we attended this meeting by invitation. PWP welcomes the investment and its enhancements to this area, but not the detrimental effects to residents, business and visitors.
    • Lake District National Park Authority – we contacted LDNPA. They are also in favour NG’s Offshore route, and “strongly object” to any Onshore one.
    • National Grid – we had a meeting with them to discuss various issues. We emphasised that Offshore would be the best solution. We suggested they consider extending the Morecambe Bay tunnel under the Duddon Estuary to Millom as an option.
    • National Grid Stakeholder Reference Group – PWP was invited to join this group and we have attended many workshops and meetings on different aspects of the project. PWP adopts the stance of “engagement not endorsement”. We talk extensively to NG NWCC team at all opportunities to put the views of local people, communities and groups.
  • 2015 17th June – NG announced their decision to go ahead with their preferred Onshore with Tunnel route. They have made this decision despite “widespread support” for the Offshore route in the public response to the consultation. See PWP news release
  • 2015 September – October. NWCC run a series of unscheduled “community drop in events” at many of the venues used for public consultation. More interest from the public. PWP supporters attend many to hand out information and answer questions.
  • 2015 September. PWP attends the meeting that the community of The Green have with NG NWCC. It is quite energetic. NG agree to go away and look at a subterranean solution for the Duddon Estuary.
  • 2015 July-August – NG hold meetings for parish councils, and also for landowners directly affected by the Onshore route.
  • 2015, before Christmas – NG to announce their decision on mitigation of their preferred “Onshore with Morecambe Bay Tunnel” route. Most stakeholder organisations have demanded proper mitigation of the enormous negative impacts of this route. This would mean burying cables underground, and similar techniques. The announcement was delayed due to the floods in Cumbria.
  • 2016 January. NG indicate that the next stage of consultation will be held April to June 2016.
  • 2016 February. Due to respondees being overwhelmed by the after effects of the floods and NG not having completed all their studies,  final stage of public consultation delayed until June to August 2016. NG continue work on preparing the proposed route with land surveys.
  • 2016 March. Local Parish Councils debate and consider actions for the forthcoming public consultation. PWP supporters attend and help.
  • 2016 March. PWP begin a campaign for supporters to write to selected organisation to raise awareness of the local residents’ views. This begins with Members of Parliament along the route.
  • 2016 March. Pink No Pylon Posters begin to be put up. They appear in private dwellings, businesses and vehicles. PWP supporters put in a great deal of effort distributing them and information leaflets door to door around the Duddon Estuary.
  • 2016 April. St George’s Day walk up Black Combe in conjunction with Friends of the Lake District, begins to be publicised. This results in local and national coverage on radio, TV and the printed press. The North West Evening Mail begins regular coverage of the issue. Coverage in the The Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian results in LBC radio in London covering the story.
  • 2016 April 22. PWP chairman meets with John Woodcock MP for Barrow and Furness. Mr Woodcock is supportive of no pylons in the Duddon Estuary. Other supporters seeking meetings with their respective MPs.
  • 2016 April 22. NG NWCC team announce a delay in the public consultation to “end of summer” because they have not completed their studies. NG continue land surveys.
  • 2016 April 23. St George’s Day Walk attended by PWP and FLD supporters. Covered in local press – NW Evening Mail continues its series – and TV – BBC North West and ITV Border. Plus article in The Guardian on Ravenglass, an existing World Heritage Site, on the proposed route.
  • 2016 April newsletter
  • 14 May to 30 July 2016 NuGen final consultation for Moorside power station. Local open days and consultation website. PWP encourages all supporters to respond on the issues of pylons.
  • 25 June 2016 PWP stall at Kirkby in Furness Gala. Many enquiries and 40 new people signed to support the campaign. Quite a few visitors to the area who had not heard of the proposal.
  • 3 July Fair in the Square, Broughton-in-Furness.
  • 12 July meeting in Kirkby school for the Kirkby PTA, well attended.
  • 18 July 2016 multi community meeting at Thwaites Community Hall, The Green, near Millom. Organised by concerned residents and open to all people from around the Duddon Estuary. Very well attended, reported in the local press http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/millom/Residents-call-for-public-meeting-over-Moorside-pylon-fears-43d1bb26-2b31-42cd-8d9e-9b0fc16e5593-ds
  • 21 July 2016 filming for a slot on a BBC regional documentary programme. Thank you to those who came and supported us, we filmed and gave great responses to the camera. Due to be screened in the next series of BBC’s Inside Out programme. A half hour documentary/journal for the North West region.
  • 27 August 2016 Saturday of the Late Summer Bank Holiday. Millom and Broughton Agricultural show. Stall in one of the marquees. Helpers welcome.
  • 29 August 2016 Bank Holiday Monday Black Combe Country Fair.
  • 24 October 2016 – NG announces final route details, including some undergrounding, but still proposing giant pylons in the Whicham valley, around the Duddon Estuary, and across the Furness peninsula. An additional line of pylons is also proposed.
  • 28 October 2016 – start of 3rd stage and final consultation. This consultation ends on 6th Jan 2017 – please register your objection to giant pylons before this date.
  • 6 January 2017 – National Grid consultation closes.
  • 2017 April – NG submit finalized plans to the Planning Inspectorate.

N.B. The Planning Inspectorate do not expect a planning application for the power station itself until 2017.

  • 2018 October – Planning Inspectorate recommendation to Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to make a decision.
  • 2019 – start of construction
  • 2024 or 2025?  – the start-up date for the first reactor at Moorside has recently (May 2016) been put back from 2024 to 2025.