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 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. 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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