Wednesday, January 04, 2017

New storage helps keep school ship-shape

• Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School receives new storage unit
• Portacabin supplied as part of Western Link’s local community support
• Councillors visit converter station for update on work

Children from Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School will be able to help teachers keep their classrooms ship-shape after being given some much needed extra storage room by the Western Link project.

Head teach Darren Jones said: “We’re a small school and we were in desperate need of additional storage for all sorts of items. We heard that Western Link was supporting communities where they were laying the underground cable and so we got in touch, and were absolutely delighted when they offered this brand new portacabin.

“They not only supplied the portacabin but also made a concrete base and fitted it out with shelving to our specification – and we put it to immediate use!”

The portacabin was supplied by Murphy Group, a subcontractor of Prysmian, the company installing the underground cable as part of the Western Link project.

Senior Project Manager, Cables Peter Roper said: “While we’ve been working in the area to lay the underground cable we’ve asked people representing charities, local groups or schools to get in touch if they felt we could help in any way. Our support has ranged from volunteering and funding to supplying materials – and Murphy’s came up trumps in Burton with this portacabin.”

Work has progressed well on all sections of the Western Link project during 2016 and power flows are expected to start next year.

Work to commission the new Flintshire Bridge converter station on Deeside Industrial Park is well under way and local councillors have been treated to a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at how the site has changed, as well as receiving an update on the Wirral section of the project.

Wirral Borough Councillors Chris Blakely and Bruce Berry and Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Louise Gittins joined Flintshire County Councillors Paul Shotton, Andy Dunbobbin and Ian Dunbar for a tour of the site and a presentation. They were hosted by Peter Roper and Mark Williams, Senior Project Manager, Converters.  

Peter Roper added: “On the Wirral peninsula we’ve started work to reinstate the land and, when the weather permits in 2017, we’ll be returning to complete our work. We’ll let people know when we’ve finished.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience during our work. If anyone has queries about the Western Link project they can contact our Community Relations Team by calling 0800 021 7878 or emailing”  

The £1 billion Western Link project is a joint venture between National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission. When complete, it will bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in England and Wales and help the UK meet its carbon reduction targets.

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