ARE YOU AWARE THAT THERE IS A PROPOSAL TO BUILD AN INTERCONNECTOR ON THE DAEDALUS SITE CLOSE TO YOU?
What is it and what does it do?
It converts electricity to and from France to connect with our National Power Grid
It is needed as the UK shuts down coal and oil power stations, like Calshot near to Fawley and at times we need to buy in power to keep the lights on (France has built new nuclear power stations that continue to work when the wind is not turning our wind generators or the sun not illuminating on our solar panels)
It is so massive (22 metres high and covering an area equal to four football pitches) to house the huge inverters and transformers in a fully controlled environment
Questions & concerns.
Where will it go in Daedalus? Near the Peel Common roundabout
Why is it being built on our Strategic Gap between Fareham and Daedalus? It will reduce the Open Space and is on a site designated as bio-
Where to put it? Hampshire doesn’t want it at Chilling (on the coast between Warsash and Titchfield) and the developer claims Fawley is no longer an option
Why Daedalus? It is thought Fareham Borough Council want it on Daedalus as it will earn the Borough a reputed £10m bonus and £1m rent per year
Other serious concerns are over health issues, noise and the threat to aviation and businesses in Daedalus and Lee on Solent
Pros: It is essential to keep the UK lights on (unless we build our own nuclear, gas, tidal or other 24/365 power generators)
Cons: A massive building that will dominated the skyline in the Strategic Gap and ‘Gateway’ to Lee on Solent with some very serious impacts ……
Long term health effects reportedly unknown, but ask those folk who live near power lines or look on the internet at ‘health effects of electro-
It is likely to be noisy. Even the National Grid admitted it has “…significant levels of audible noise”. Reports from other interconnectors indicate noise levels at 90dB. (this is comparable with truck traffic”). 90-
Its location at Daedalus with cables in and out to sea is more expensive than siting it in the National Grid’s preferred location at Chilling or the alternative industrial site at Fawley, the latter already having a connection to the National Grid. A Daedalus location will cost us all more on our electricity bills than either the Chilling or Fawley alternatives
The viability and safety of the Airfield may be impacted by such a huge building so close to the runway and other electro-
Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club, a successful operator at Daedalus for 50 years, may not be able to use the airfield due to potential wind eddies from the massive interconnector. Atlas helicopters are already moving out and other operators are known to be uneasy about the future
The Enterprise Zone at Daedalus was aimed at job creation. This project will consume the area of four football pitches but generate about 3 jobs once constructed
The building will be so immense that it cannot be effectively screened and National Grid claim that it cannot be lowered. If you want an idea of how big it is likely to be, look at the Drystack Building at Trafalgar Wharf Portchester
Meeting with National Grid and Caroline Dinenage
The Chairs of Hill Head Residents Association, Lee on Solent Residents Association and Peel Common Residents Association met with our MP and National Grid giving a consistent message about their concerns with the proposal.
National Grid claimed that Daedalus is their only option. Interconnectors at the Isle of Grain, Aldington, Kent and one under construction at Richborough, Kent are all well away from any housing, the Daedalus proposal is the exception.
Supported by your local Councillors, Lee Residents and the other two Residents Associations do not support IFA2 being built at Daedalus near educational facilities, businesses and an operational airfield. They would urge local people make their views known by letter or email and to attend the next consultation round due in March to complete feedback forms to ensure their voice is heard. Please spread the word to your friends and family and ask them to make their concerns known.
Options: Ask :
The National Grid to seriously reconsider Fawley as it is already an industrial site with a connection to the grid
Hampshire County Council to consider building the Interconnector a little further inland at Chilling but away from housing.
Ask National Grid to look at alternative sites further east or west along the coast?
Call to Action
Please write or email your MP and the National Grid with a copy to local Councillors.
In writing to Community Relations Team, FREEPOST RTRB-
Caroline Dinenage MP
In writing to her at 167 Stoke Road Gosport PO12 1JQ.
Local Gosport Councillors care of John Beavis
In writing to28, Kings Road, Lee on Solent PO13 9MU
The local Press are always interested in public concern stories, do write to the News (tel: 023 9266 4488) and
Gosport Globe (tel: 02392 602418) to express your concerns.
We suggest you:
Stress that Daedalus is not a suitable site for the Interconnector on the grounds ……. (use those from the list above and/or add your own).
Ask that alternative sites are considered for the sake of local residents (to Caroline Dinenage and local councillors you could say for the sake of your electorate) and the long term benefit of the community
Although IFA2 is in the Borough of Fareham all of Daedalus comes under the Gosport MP.
If, as intended by National Grid, the proposal is submitted as a planning application after the next consultation round you would then need to lodge objections to Fareham Borough Council as part of a public consultation in the planning process.
Thank you for your support
Martin Marks OBE,
Chair Lee on Solent Residents Association.
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