Campaigners take pylons protest to the top of Crook Peak
MP Tessa Munt joined campaigners walking along Crook Peak on Sunday
(June 24th) to raise awareness of controversial plans by the National
Grid to install electricity pylons across Somersets countryside.
MP told around 200 people during the protest that there are other
viable options to the pylons, such as underground cabling or sub-sea
cabling, that should be considered by National Grid.
organisation wants to build a 37 mile line of 400,000 volt, 46.5m
tall pylons in 'route corridor' that will run past the Burnham-On-Sea
area, through the village of Mark and close to East Huntspill
and Watchfield, to Avonmouth.
protest was attended by county, district and parish councillors
from across the area plus representatives from CPRE, The Mendip
Society, The National Trust and Natural England - but National
Grid decided not to attend to defend its plans.
councillors and pressure groups like No Moor Pylons have been
meeting with National Grid and campaigning against the proposals
for two years and remain resolute in their desire to protect Somerset's
Grid was labled as "disgraceful" for not attending by
said: "They have had months to prepare for this day and could
have got someone along. It is disgraceful they are not here."
in a statement, National Grid defended itself, saying: "We
want to hear about the places that matter to people as local knowledge
is vital and will add important details to the information already
living along the route have until July 23rd to give their views
on the scheme as part of National Grid's consultation.
Parker from Compton Bishop Parish Council explained the importance
of the hills during Sunday's event: "As a resident and as
a volunteer for the National Trust on the Kings Wood to
Crook Peak area of Mendip, I see many of the hundreds of people
who come to walk these beautiful hills and just pause to absorb
the wonderful views."
last year I saw one middle-aged couple sitting just to the south
of Wavering Down, in a little sheltered hollow, having their packed
told me they come here regularly from Bristol as this is the most
perfect spot in the south west both relaxing and beautiful
which sums it up."
many people regard these hills as their special place and we would
hope that common sense will prevail to ensure this unique landscape
is not blighted with a line of enormous pylons running from the
slopes of the Mendips into the distance along the length of the