Town MP calls for proposed power lines to be buried underground
MP has this week called for a proposed 37-mile line of new power
lines to be buried underground instead of running across Somerset's
The National Grid wants to install the 152ft tall pylons between
Hinkley Point and Avonmouth.
potential 'route corridors' for the 400,000 volt pylons have been
identified, with one running through East Huntspill, Watchfield,
Mark and Bason Bridge close to Burnham-On-Sea.
MP Tessa Munt said on Monday (August 29th) that the power lines
should be buried underground to reduce their visual impact.
National Grid has previously said that the cost of burying the
cables is 'prohibitively high' but that it is considering all
She added: "What they want to do is put in 1920s technology
which is 152ft metal pylons on overhead lines and put those right
the way through the Somerset countryside - which of course would
be absolutely devastating for tourism and the visual damage would
be absolutely horrendous."
"We recognise there needs to be transmission of power -
of course - it would be absolutely head in the sand to say not.
However, what we'd say is get those power lines underground or
under the sea."
In July it was announced that a report into the costs of putting
the power lines underground had been postponed.
Meanwhile, Conservative North Somerset MP Liam Mr Fox has this
week written to Mr Huhne to urge him to put a stop to the plans