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 The Cork Harbour Anti Pylon Group

Fighting the construction of Overhead High Voltage Power Lines 
in The Cork Harbour Area on the South Coast of Ireland

The economy and employment in County Cork is now very vibrant; particularly so in the Cork Harbour area.  To meet future increased power demand, resulting from increased business and employment, the ESB submitted plans to run an additional supply by 220kV overhead lines to Raffeen from Aghada Power Station; planning permission was received. Local residents and interest groups welcomed the improvement in the economy and accepted that additional supply would probably be required but disagreed on the route proposed. Objections were lodged but An Bord Pleanala (Planning Board) upheld the original planning permission. The residents and local interest groups did not accept that the overland route was the best option and objections have continued.  An association was formed (C.A.R.A.) which, represents every single Organisation, Professional Body and Community Group as well as the entire Community of the greater Cork area, who are totally opposed to the ESB's plans for an overhead connection between Aghada generating station and Raffeen. 

Cork County Council asked the Centre for Dispute Resolution to try to reach a settlement between C.A.R.A. and the ESB. 

Several meetings were held with all parties and it was agreed to have independent experts assess the problem to see if alternative solutions were possible. 

Needless to say, the findings of these "Independent Experts" were in favour of the ESB, and the report didn't take into consideration ANY of the facts and figures supplied by the experts from the C.A.R.A. side. 

Early in 1997 Eco Activists in the UK were contacted and invited to come to Cobh in preparation for when The ESB attempt to build their pylons. 

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