Bernard, alongside the other OFFSET MPs, attended an important briefing with the National Grid regarding the plans and consultation process for the upcoming Norwich to Tilbury project (formerly known as East Anglia GREEN).
He and James Cartlidge led the charge, fighting for constituents’ views to form the foundation of any of National Grids plans from now on.
Bernard questioned the executives on why the government is spending money to hold reviews if the results have no bearing on the project itself. He also raised a question asking whether there had been an assessment by National Grid about the negative effect on house prices and whether this would be worth less than building the system offshore.
National Grid’s response was that this was one of the reasons why the consultations are useful and that they’d return to the OFFSET MPs once they had the results. Further conversations will continue to be held.