AQUIND Interconnector refusal welcomed by Havant Borough Council
Havant Borough Council is pleased to see that central government has refused the development of the AQUIND interconnector and acknowledged the detrimental impact it would have on our local environment, residents and businesses.
Turned down by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng MP, his assessment concluded it was "not possible to conclude that the need for and benefits of the proposed Development would outweigh its impacts."
Although the interconnector would have provided the means to transfer electricity from France, the damage to the environment - from the Solent coastline to the South Downs National Park - was considered unacceptable by Havant Borough Council, as was the interruption caused throughout its construction.
"I'm delighted to see that the government has acknowledged the concerns raised by local authorities, industry and residents alike," said Councillor Alex Rennie, Leader of Havant Borough Council.
"We respect the need for investment in our energy infrastructure, but not at any cost. We thank the government for understanding the value we place on our unique coastline, and recognising the pronounced negative effect the development would have had on local residents and businesses."