MP raises controversial pylon plans in Commons
MP raised controversial proposals to build a new line of electricity
pylons across the Somerset Levels pylons in the House of Commons
on Thursday (January 7th).
Heathcoat-Amory's question was answered by David Kidney, the minister
responsible for electricity generation.
Mr Heathcoat-Amory asked: "At
present, the National Grid wants to put in a new line of pylons
across the Somerset levels. That is controversial, and we oppose
it. It would make sense to go for a submarine cable to take the
energy away from Hinkley. That could be done as part of the study
for the Severn barrage."
The minister replied: "I have heard the Right Honourable
Gentleman make that point on behalf of his constituents before,
and I congratulate him on his persistence and ingenuity in working
it into the question before us."
assure him that every aspect of the development is being considered
in the feasibility study, so my answer to his question is yes."
David Heathcoat-Amory responded: "I am glad that the Energy
Department is now fully aware of the pylon issue. It makes sense
to examine the necessary grid connection for the Severn Barrage
project and the Hinkley Point nuclear generator at the same time,
and I have ensured that this will be done. A submarine cable could
be the answer to both projects."
Heathcoat-Amory also raised
the pylons matter in parliament on December 7th when he quizzed
Edward Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.
September how National Grid wants to connect a proposed
new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point to a new sub-station
near Bristol - a distance of 37 miles.
is David Heathcoat-Amory with members of the local campaign group
Pylon Moor Pressure