July 1, 2011
debate heads to House of Commons next Tuesday
MP has won a ballot to speak in parliament next week about controversial
plans to build a long lines of pylons across Somerset.
Tessa Munt - who has been campaigning against plans by National
Grid to construct a 37 mile stretch of pylons from
the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point to a new
sub-station near Bristol - will lead the debate.
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 close to Burnham-On-Sea.
Local residents have been campaigning for the power line to
go under the Bristol Channel instead of overground.
The parliamentary debate, called under a Ten Minute Rule Motion,
will take place on Tuesday 5th July between 3.30pm and 5pm.
The debate states: That leave be given to bring in a Bill
to make provision to require factors other than cost to be considered
for schemes for the transmission of high voltage electricity where
infrastructure would impact on the visual and other amenity of
a landscape; to provide that in certain cases such infrastructure
be installed by visually unobtrusive works; to require that public
consultation be undertaken and inform the selection of the method
and technology for the transmission infrastructures used; and
for connected purposes."
Supporters of the debate include MPs Martin Horwood (Lib Dem),
Roger Williams (Lib Dem), Sir Robert Smith (Lib Dem), Tim Farron
(Lib Dem), Caroline Lucas (Green), Tim Yeo (Conservative), Dr
Therese Coffey (Conservative), Glyn Davies (Conservative), Natasha
Engle (Lab) and Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Lab).
Tessa told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "These mini-debates are a
great way of keeping an important issue in the parliamentary and
public eye and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to speak
It comes as a report into the costs of putting the power lines
underground has been postponed. The report has been delayed by
at least six months because data supplied by National Grid was
A spokesman from No Moor Pylons, the group fighting the plans,
said he welcomed the debate.
Paul Hipwell, Chairman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are
delighted to see MPs of all parties supporting this bill to ensure
that all new power transmission goes underground just like the
way gas and water lines are buried."