Published: August 29, 2011
Town MP calls for proposed power lines to be buried underground

Burnham-On-Sea's 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 countryside.

The National Grid wants to install the 152ft tall pylons between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth.

Two 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 options.

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 altogether.

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