THATCHAM residents will have the chance to learn more about a multimillion-pound upgrade of the electricity infrastructure between Thatcham and Ashford Hill.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is also inviting businesses and stakeholders to attend an engagement event on July 10.

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The event will be held at Thatcham Football Club, Waterside Park, Crookham Hill between 1pm – 6pm, where attendees can find out about the £8 million programme of works to reinforce the network supplying power to Thatcham's homes and businesses.

Members of SSEN's project team will be at the event to discuss the essential work that is scheduled to commence construction in 2020, and to answer any questions that may arise in relation to the upgrade and its logistics.

SSEN’s Project Manager, Yu Qian, said: "While these works are some time away, SSEN is keen to engage with the area's residents and business owners to explain what we intend to do and why this proposed upgrade to their network is essential to build a more robust and resilient power supply, while ensuring it's also fit for purpose in the coming years.

"Our intention is to reinforce the 132kV network supplying Thatcham with the installation of underground cables between Thatcham and Ashford Hill; providing two new and direct feeds into Thatcham from Bramley.

"We'd ask anyone who lives and works in the area to take the opportunity to drop in to our event on Wednesday July 10 to chat to our team and find out more about the benefits this multi-million pound upgrade will bring to their local area."