Published: March 3, 2010
National Grid set to justify pylons plan at new public meetings

National Grid has announced plans to hold a series of events to further explain the background to its controversial proposals for a new overhead electricity line between Bridgwater and Avonmouth, running past the Burnham-On-Sea area.

The first phase of consultation on two potential route corridors for a new overhead line to connect the proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station ended on 22nd January.

Since then, the company has been assessing the extensive feedback received from local residents. The 14-week consultation period prompted more than 2,000 feedback forms, 1,100 emails and letters and 100 telephone calls to the project helpline - and around 4,500 people attended the 17 public exhibitions held along the potential routes.

From the feedback received, National Grid said on Tuesday that it has become clear that many people would like more information on the background to the project and other connection options which were considered before the proposals were published.

National Grid says it is now planning to publish more information to explain how it arrived at its proposals, and will also provide new opportunities for local people to discuss them with the project team.

"We will send information to all 37,000 homes within the original consultation area, and hold further briefings to local councils and public information events. Full details of when these events will take place will be announced shortly," National Grid's major project manager David Mercer told

"We are grateful to everyone who responded to our consultation. The opinions of residents are very important to us and will play a vital role in any decisions we make."

"Since the initial consultation period ended we have been looking at all the feedback and reflecting on the issues it has raised, and it is very clear that people need more information about alternatives to overhead power lines and pylons."

"In response to these concerns, we have decided to provide both written information and further opportunities for local people to meet the project team, and would welcome further public comments." 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.

Two 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.

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