Still time to have your say on power upgrade

Pylons tower over homes in Dalmally.
Pylons already tower over homes in Dalmally.

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There is still time to have a say on proposals for upgrading Argyll and Kintyre’s power transmission network.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN) has thanked everyone who has got involved so far in making comments on the plans but wants to remind people the consultation does not end until August 13.

There have been a number of face-to-face virtual sessions held with officials present to answer people’s questions.

But the on-line consultation can also be viewed at any time and includes exhibition boards, maps, videos, and an interactive 3D model which allows the visitor to view visualisations of the proposals at a number of vantage points along the route.

It presents proposals for the three elements of the Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy; Creag Dhubh to Dalmally 275kV Connection, the newly proposed Creag Dhubh to Inveraray 275kV Overhead Line, and the Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Substations project.

SSEN says the Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy will increase the capacity of the electricity transmission network across the region, which is needed to connect the  new renewable generation to the grid and support the transition to net-zero emissions.

‘We would like to thank everyone who has already provided their feedback during our consultation events, these comments will be essential in the next stage of the project’s development,’ said Paul McQuillan Project Manager.

He added: ‘We are keen to continue to work closely with the local community to develop these important projects and encourage anyone who might be interested in our proposals to visit the webpage, to view our plans and share their feedback.’

Anyone unable to get online to see the virtual consultations platform and wanting to find out more about the proposals can call Community Liaison Manager Helen Batey on or email her at helen.batey@sse.com

Last month The Oban Times reported No More Pylons in Dalmally campaigners branded the consultation over a route for a new overhead power line ner their village as just a ‘tick box exercise.’

They claimed SSEN’s mind was already made up and that it had no interest in what the community wants.

Behaviour by the energy provider over the past three years also needed to be investigated by watchdog Ofgem, the campaign said.

By building a new sub-station at Creagh Dhubh, SSEN says it would avoid bringing more pylons and lines through Dalmally itself.

Caption: Pylons already tower over homes in Dalmally.