are 'willing to pay for power lines to be buried', finds survey
who are campaigning against a controversial 37-mile line of proposed
power pylons running through the Burnham-On-Sea area have this
week welcomed a study that has found electricity customers would
be willing to pay a little extra on their bills in order to fund
the cost of burying the power lines underground.
independent report commissioned by National Grid has found that
80 per cent of the 1,000 people surveyed would be willing to pay
something extra to bury power cables.
Grid has stated that the cost of burying the entire Hinkley C
connector route would be less than £1 per year on customers'
of the exact route of the proposed 400,000 volt power line, running
from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth, is due to be announced by National
Grid on Tuesday (November 6th).
Hipwell from campaign group No Moor Pylons told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Local people fully understand that burying power cables
will cost more but it's a price they are very willing to pay to
protect the beautiful Somerset countryside for future generations
Grid should take note of its own research and recognise that people
are willing to pay to protect the countryside. National Grid has
consistently said it would cost too much to underground the cables
and people would not be willing to pay. Now their own report refutes
these claims. National Grid should listen to what customers are
saying and bury the entire route."
Grid has told consultees that they would consider putting power
cables underground only in the most sensitive areas of the route.
Top, Local resident Alan Sealey holding a protest sign at a pylons
campaign event earlier this year