Aquind Limited Given Permission to Bring Judicial Review of Secretary of State for Business and Energy’s Decision

We have heard that Aquind Limited has been given permission to bring a Judicial Review of the Secretary of State for Business and Energy’s decision not to allow Aquind’s proposed Interconnector, consisting of high voltage electrical cables and a communications network between Northern France and the South Downs.

Let’s Stop Aquind is disappointed that Aquind Limited continues to pursue this enormously unpopular plan, which would result in devastating environmental damage to Portsmouth, chaos on our roads, disruption to local schools and businesses, and contribute to the dangerously high levels of air pollution already common in Portsmouth. 

At a time when the actions and finances of oligarchs are under scrutiny, we are perplexed that the owners and directors of Aquind would seek finance for the Interconnector (at an estimated cost of £1.2 billion) now the economic case for bringing cheaper electricity from France has collapsed, due to greater demand from Europe for sources of locally generated power and the UK Government’s policy of supporting green energy projects within our own shores.

We understand that Portsmouth City Council has been accepted as an Interested Party to the proceedings at the High Court, and we look forward to working with the leader of the Council, our local MP’s and city councillors across the political spectrum in continuing to oppose this plan until the threat of the Aquind Interconnector is lifted from the city for good. Together we will #stopAQUIND.

Lets Stop Aquind 20/6/2022

Aquind Demonstration by Drone by Joe Watson

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