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CONSULTATION on a network of pylons planned for across the east Kent countryside will open on Tuesday.

The so-called Nemo Link, being developed by National Grid to connect the UK’s power network to Europe, would involve cables under the sea between Zeebrugge in Belgium and Richborough near Sandwich.

The Richborough connection is a proposal for a series of 50 metre-high pylons to connect the area to the rest of the National Grid. The proposed line would connect the old Richborough power station near Sandwich to the Nemo Link, an undersea powerline connected to the National Grid which imports energy from Europe. The route will approach Canterbury from the north-east, and end at the Canterbury North substation on Broad Oak Road.

The consultation period will run from Tuesday until March 27 with six public events planned.

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The public and stakeholders will get to see more detailed plans of the route, pylon type and locations.

It is likely to be National Grid’s last consultation before a planning application is submitted.

For Thanet an event will be held on February 17 at Monkton Village Hall, 120 Monkton Street, Ramsgate, from 2pm-9pm.

Pop up events will be held at Westwood Cross Shopping Centre next Friday from 10am to 6pm and Co-operative food, Moat Sole Road, Sandwich, on March 3 from 10am to 6pm.

Those unable to attend events will be able to give their views online, in writing or over the telephone. Details will be on the project website and copies of the plans will also be available to view online and in selected public locations.

Project manager Steve Self said: “Over the past months we’ve done a lot of work. Feedback from local people has been really important to us, and we’ve looked at this alongside the technical and environmental studies we’ve carried out to ensure our plans achieve the right balance between environmental and technical factors and the impact on people’s energy bills.”

• Visit the project website at www.richboroughconnection.co.uk

• Following the project Twitter: @NGRichborough

• Call Freephone number 0800 157 7878

• Write to the project’s freepost address at FREEPOST RICHBCONNECTION

• Email Richboroughconnection@communitycomms.co.uk

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