Grid set to announce controversial pylons route this week
decision on the route of a controversial power line through Somerset
- which could include the Burnham-On-Sea area - is to be announced
by energy bosses on Thursday (September 29th).
Grid is to reveal its preferred route corridor for a proposed
400,000 volt overhead line between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth.
The announcement has already been condemned as 'pointless' by
campaigners. Local resident Wendy Kemshead, who is opposed to
the pylons, told Burnham-On-Sea.com "It is totally premature
and ridiculous to announce the route for high voltage, overhead
pylons from Hinkley to Avonmouth when the building of the new
Hinkley nuclear reactor has been delayed, and a decision has not
yet been made about whether pylons should even be used."
believe all of the Hinkley transmission route should be placed
Paul Hipwell from pressure group No Moor Pylons told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"According to National Grids own figures, the cost
for putting the entire Hinkley to Avonmouth route underground
would equate to only £1 on the average domestic electricity
bill. We think that one pound is a price well worth paying to
protect the stunning Somerset countryside and the 26,000 jobs
in tourism in this area."
He added that National Grid originally claimed it would cost
twelve to seventeen times more to bury the cables than to erect
pylons, but experience in other countries suggests that it is
only three to four times more expensive.
And he added: "National Grid are ignoring the feedback and
views of our elected representatives and instead proceeding to
announce which is their preferred route choice for electricity
"They are holding a meeting at Bridgwater Exchange on 29th
September to announce their decision to officers, members and
"Despite a request, no members of the public or campaign
groups have been invited. The views of people across the region
are clear, they want to see the pylons put underground or undersea."