July 19, 2011
MP presents petition to parliament calling for halt to pylons
MP presented a petition to Parliament on
Monday evening (July 18th) from residents across the area
calling for a halt to National Grids consultation on the
plans to build 152ft high pylons across the Somerset countryside.
Tessa Munt formally handed in the petition at the end of Monday's
proceedings in the Commons.
Paul Hipwell, chair of the No Moor Pylons campaign group, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are getting increasingly frustrated
that National Grid are not listening to our concerns. Stringing
cables across our countryside is simply not acceptable when there
are other ways such as burying the cable."
"Pylons belong in the last century. In the 21st century
we should be following the example of other countries and burying
The wording of the petition states: "The petition of residents
declares that the petitioners believe National Grid's consultation
on proposals to erect 152ft high pylons is flawed; that the proposal
would blight the beautiful unspoiled Somerset countryside; and
further declare that the petitioners accept that electricity transmission
is essential but the petitioners are concerned."
Presenting a petition in Parliament is a traditional right of
constituents to ensure MPs are aware of concerns.