Meols is being considered as the “landfall” location for a subsea high voltage direct current power cable and local residents are concerned that the cable is too close to residential property.
Power company National Grid are proposing the laying of a high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable from Scotland to a power station Connah’s Quay, north Wales. The HVDC cable will be under the sea until it reaches land, when it is then laid underground across Wirral. The cabling technology is new and such there is no past-usage safety history available. Full information about the proposals are available on this official website.
The location at which the HVDC cable reaches land is termed the landfall location and there are currently two preferred locations along the Wirral coastline. The location that has possibly received most publicity on regional TV and news is at the car park at Leasowe, near the lighthouse. Moreton & Leasowe Conservative Councillor Ian Lewis has outlined his concern about Leasowe being the landfall location on his blog.
The other location is at the end of Meols Parade in Meols. A suggested landfall location is at Meols slipway where the HVDC cable would run underground between the last house on Meols Parade (no. 298) and the Hoylake Coastguard building (see map – click for larger). The cable would then run under fields behind properties on Bennets Lane, where an inspection building will also be built, and then subsequently across Wirral. Local residents say that they met with and have been assured by National Grid experts that the technology is harmless and that a static, electro-magnetic field emitted by the HVDC cable is safe.
Meols residents Deana and Dave Kay who live next to the landfall location on Meols Parade believe that there are other options for the HVDC cable route which avoid passing closely to residential properties, They believe that without enough objection and registered concern from Meols residents the chosen landfall location for the HVDC cable will be very close to Meols as it is an easier and cheaper solution for Scottish Power than Leasowe.
If you want to register your objections or concerns about Meols being the landfall location before the public consultation ends at the end of March you can:
- Use the official contact details page on the Western HVDC website – all forms of contact (letters, phone calls, web forms, emails are counted)
- Complete this petition campaigning against the cable being located within 100m of residential properties
- Contact Deanna Kay directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please leave any potential comments or questions you might have on this feedback page as that way they can be properly answered and recorded by National Grid.