Lib Dem attacks MP over pylons opposition
row has broken out in Burnham-On-Sea
controversial plans to build a new line of 150ft tall electricity
pylons across the Somerset countryside.
Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt has
expressed her "deep disappointment" that MP David Heathcoat-Amory
did not bring up the matter when he spoke in parliament last week.
says he made a "half-hearted party political point"
rather than focus on the local issue of National Grid's plans
to build the controversial line through Somerset.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Had I been your local MP, I would
have used every opportunity available to publicise National Grid's
flawed consultation process, the numerous reasons why this company
should be made to give local people a real choice backed up with
real information, and I'd have demanded the Prime Minister make
National Grid explain its outright dismissal of other options
such as the undersea and underground routes. I'd have called on
the Prime Minister and his Energy Secretary, Ed Miliband, to intervene
on behalf of the people of Somerset."
was dismayed to learn that at the last Prime Ministers Questions
of this session, of this year and of the decade, and just three
days after our MP attended a second packed village meeting, having
met almost 500 concerned local people, he missed a great opportunity
to bring an important local issue to the attention of the national
audience preferring instead to engage in the traditional
'yah boo' politics in Westminster."
just cannot believe he failed to take the opportunity granted
to him to hold the Government to account over its part in National
Grids appalling pylon proposals for Somerset."
Heathcoat-Amory chose to accuse the Government of introducing
a financial responsibility bill as a gimmick, asking about the
punishment for MPs who dont meet the standards set. Whatever
the rights and wrongs of his question, his point was, inevitably,
dismissed by the Government."
first reported last
September how National Grid wants to connect a proposed
new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point to a new sub-station
near Bristol - a distance of 37 miles. Two potential 'route corridors'
for the 400,000 volt, 46.5m tall pylons have been identified,
with one running through East Huntspill, Watchfield, Mark and
stage public consultation by National Grid on the controversial
proposals will end on January 4th. Residents have until then to
submit their feedback.
MP last month backed the launch of new protest group, Pylon Moor
Pressure, as reported here
and he has also attended several public meetings regarding the
issue in Mark
Heathcoat-Amory also raised
the pylons matter in parliament on December 7th when he quizzed
Edward Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change,
over the matter.