NATIONAL GRID UPDATE
The Parish Council have received the following update from National Grid. This has also been posted on Mark Village Life and in the Parish Magazine.
Mark Village Newsletter – November 2020 Project update
National Grid starts work in Mark
In May, National Grid started the first work in the parish for the new high voltage electricity connection building between Bridgwater and Seabank.
It is a complex project which includes building over 48.5 km of new pylons, 8.5 km of underground cable through the Mendip Hills and a new substation north of the Mendips.
The first activity is building a temporary construction haul road along the route of the pylons. The haul road will help to reduce the amount of construction and other project traffic on local roads. We’ve completed several road accesses, including the main access south from the A38 at Tarnock and also completed many of the crossing points where the haul road meets existing country lanes and public rights of way.
Traffic management – November
When we are working on public roads and footpaths, we need to put up traffic lights or close them for short periods to keep everyone safe. We’re currently working on Northwick Road. As it is very narrow, we need to close it to traffic. We expect to reopen it by the end of November. We will also need to close the Bridleway known as Back Lane for two weeks from 16th November while we build a crossing point. We need to put up traffic lights on Mark Causeway for five days while we move machinery and equipment into the area.
We recognise this causes inconvenience, and we are sorry for the disruption. We’re working closely with our contractor, Balfour Beatty, to complete the work as quickly as possible. To find out more about where we are working, please see our project website.
We’ve started to build foundations for the new pylons between Bridgwater and Loxton. The work involves driving concrete and steel piles into the ground. It will take up to 12 months to complete the foundations for all the pylons.
Nearby residents may hear noise and feel vibrations when we are carrying out this work. This will depend on how close they are to the site and the ground conditions and wind direction.
To reduce disruption to communities, we will not carry out any piling over the weekends and we will limit piling to between the hours of 8am and 5pm. We’re working closely with our contractor, Balfour Beatty, to reduce noise and vibration as best we can.
The hydraulic impact hammer is the most silenced hammer on the market and the piling rig has been designed to minimise the amount of noise and vibrations generated during the work.
We have allowed up to five days’ work for each location, but we expect the piling at each site to be finished within for 2 – 3 days. We will be piling to the north of the parish in December and expect to work on sites either side of Mark Causeway in the spring. These dates may change and we keep an monthly schedule of work updated on our website .
Community Grant Fund
We want to support the communities closest to the new connection and our Community Grant programme has been set up to support community groups and charities in areas where National Grid is affecting local people through its operations and site activities.
We fund projects with one-off grants of up to £20,000 that meet local communities’ needs and provide a range of social, economic and environmental benefits. We’ve already funding a number of local community projects in your area and we welcome applications from other groups . Please see our company website for more information.
If you have any questions or need further information, please call our community relations team on 0800 377 7347 (24 hour). We are here to help.
Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at Freepost H POINT CONNECTION (no stamp is required).
National Grid has recently supported Mark Cricket Club with a £20,000 grant towards developing the club’s new ground and pavilion. We welcome other grant applications from local groups.
Building the crossing point on Mark Causeway
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Posted 20th November 2020
With so many people walking their dogs at the moment because of being at home due to the coronavirus and the lockdown, there are a lot of complaints about dog poo not being picked up. William Gilbert aged 6 has drawn the following to remind us ALL to pick up after our dogs! Please do so - there are complaints about both the Causeway and Vole Road. There is no need not to pick up especially around Jubilee Green and Vole Road where there are dog bins.
This is the latest advice received from the Somerset Waste Partnership concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) planning
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Posted 17th March 2020