MP joins local MPs in attack on pylons scheme
West Country MPs, including Burnham-On-Sea's David Heathcoat-Amory,
have this week joined forces to step up their attack on plans
to build a long line of huge electrcity pylons across the Somerset
trio have submitted a joint paper on the National Policy Statements
governing electricity transmission.
David Heathcoat-Amory, Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring) and John Penrose
(Weston-super-Mare) are demanding that policy statements are debated
in Parliament before being adopted.
MPs also want the final planning decision to be taken by a Government
minister and not the "unelected and unaccountable" Infrastructure
Grid's proposals for a new 400,000 volt line from Hinkley Point
to Avonmouth, past Burnham-On-Sea, will be judged on these policy
statements when they have been debated.
three MPs, whose constituencies cover most of the area over which
the line would run, oppose the current plans.
are particularly critical about the absence of a submarine cable
option under the Bristol Channel and the lack of a commitment
to place land cables underground in environmentally sensitive
have also called for a thorough assessment of alternative technologies,
including lifetime costs and transmission losses, and they want
stricter rules governing pylons in Areas of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (AONBs) when crossing flat landscapes.
risks, security concerns, and pylon design, and the problem of
property blight, are also covered in their submission.
first reported last
September how National Grid wanted to connect a proposed
new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point to a new sub-station
near Bristol, a distance of 37 miles.
controversial potential 'route corridors' for the 400,000 volt,
46.5m tall pylons have been identified, with one running through
East Huntspill, Watchfield, Mark and Bason Bridge.