Grid set to justify pylons plan at new
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Burnham-On-Sea.com.
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."
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.
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.