Local MP Dave Doogan has described recent SSEN consultation on the Tealing - Kintore line as “extraordinarily flawed”, following the tumultuous experience communities across his Angus constituency have faced.
The MP, who has met with SSEN previously and put across the concerns raised by constituents, spoke in the House of Commons following SSEN’s decision to extend their consultation to Friday 28th July.
Speaking from the green benches, Dave Doogan MP said:
“Communities in my Angus constituency, in Padanaram, in Forfar, in Aberlemno and in Stracathro have been on the receiving end of an extraordinarily flawed consultation by SSEN to take a 400 kilovolt line from Tealing to Kintore.
“I welcome the investment in that - can the Minister advise what are the minimum standards for consultation for capital infrastructure of this nature, and why will Ofgem not mandate that there’s a community benefit?”
In response, Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero replied that he would write to Mr Doogan with a response.
Speaking after his question in Parliament, Dave Doogan MP added:
“I look forward to the Secretary of State’s response.
“Communities must never be taken for granted in these projects, and maximum consideration must be given to the least disruptive routes.”