Published: June 9, 2012
Consultation period begins on underground power line proposals

National Grid has begun a period of consultation to identify parts of land suitable for underground power lines in the Burnham-On-Sea area.

The company wants to link the proposed new Hinkley Point C power station with a sub-station at Avonmouth.

Following fierce opposition against the initial proposals for a 50 mile stretch of pylons, National Grid is considering burying some lines underground.

Project Manager Peter Bryant said: "We want to hear about the places that matter to people."

"Local knowledge is vital and will add important details to the information we have already gathered," added Mr Bryant.

National Grid says the aim of the latest consultation is to help reduce the potential visual impact of the connection.

"Hearing people's views on where they play sport or walk their dogs, information about schools or favourite views can be added to our maps and will help shape our plans," he said.

The corridor route is 2km wide to allow for the line to be moved away from homes or businesses. The public consultation will run until July 23rd and is accessed here.

Pictured: Top, Alan Sealey holding a protest sign and, above, MP Tessa Munt with residents near Burnham area at a pylons protest earlier this year

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