Published: February 1, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea MP joins protest march against pylons plans

Burnham-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt both joined a protest march on Saturday (30th January) to campaign against National Grid's plans to build a huge network of electricity pylons across Somerset's countryside.

The proposed route of the pylons crosses the two constituency boundaries of Mr Heathcoat-Amory and Weston MP John Penrose, who also took part.

Mr Heathcoat-Amory told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "There was an impressive turnout, which showed the strength of feeling that is building on the subject."

"It is not only a cross-party issue but one that crosses constituency boundaries, which is why I marched with fellow MP John Penrose, with whom I have raised the same questions in the House of Commons."

The large crowd of marchers began in the village of Christon and ended at Webbington Farm.

Burnham-On-Sea.com 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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