TenneT's "Community dialogue for SuedLink" is a communication strategy encompassing local participation in the form of info-marts that allow for on-the-ground dialogue and involve citizens in the planning of SuedLink.
In order to find a corridor that is agreeable to a large portion of the people affected by SuedLink, TenneT developed a concept for info markets that were subsequently held in 22 towns along the planned line. They took place within a period of 3 months and involved 15 to 20 experts on the ground. The markets were designed as dialogue-based information and participation meeting points. Easy-to-understand overviews were presented on posters and experts were ready to provide further explanations or technical details. People could give general feedback as well as suggest concrete corridor routes on dedicated feedback forms. All reasonable corridor alternatives were later included in the application for Federal Sectoral Planning at the Federal Network Agency.
Each info market attracted around 300 visitors and approximately 3,000 written feedback forms were collected, most of which (around 62%) came from individual actors or citizens.
The initial results from a poll conducted at the events show that 63% of info market visitors said that the event made SuedLink more transparent and understandable to them. 71% made use of the opportunity to actively participate.