November 17, 2010
National Grid's re-think on Bristol Channel pylons plan welcomed
Grid has this week confirmed that it is reconsidering burying
its controversial new power lines under the Bristol Channel instead
of running them across the countryside from Hinkley Point power
station to Avonmouth.
Somerset County Council has received a letter from National Grid
in which it confirms that it has begun a detailed study on all
the various options, including subsea cables.
The announcement was welcomed on Wednesday by Cllr David Hall,
the council's Cabinet Member responsible for nuclear power.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "All we were asking for was
a consultation with people that was fair and that looked at all
the options. Local people are unhappy and frustrated that they
were presented with overhead cables and no other options. That
wasnt good enough and Im delighted that National Grid
has acknowledged this."
In a joint open letter to National Grid earlier this year, the
leaders of all three political parties at Somerset County Council
called for a detailed look at all the options of connecting the
proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
leaders demanded that National Grid should stop their public consultation,
look at all the options not just focussing on overhead power cables,
and listen to the views of local residents who are opposed to
huge pylons being built across some of the region's most attractive
Council Leader Ken Maddock, who sits on the Government's Nuclear
Development Forum, added: "They will hopefully come back
to us with new options in the New Year and we welcome that. They
have got to get this important decision right."
Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr Jill Shortland added: "The
people of Somerset deserve a real opportunity to have a say on
all the options. National Grids announcement that they are
going to carry out a full appraisal is the outcome we were looking
And Labour Group Leader Cllr Andrew Govier said: "We understand
National Grid has had thousands of resident responses to their
consultation and this has no doubt given weight to their decision
to reconsider the possibility of pylon alternatives."
Grid had originally proposed building the power lines over the
land, a distance of 37 miles. One of the proposed options,
called Corridor 2, (shown on the map below) would have departed
from the existing line of pylons and crossed the Somerset levels
to the East of the M5 corridor.