'disappointed' by decision on new Hinkley power pylons
in the Burnham-On-Sea area say they are disappointed that National
Grid has announced that it will not bury its 37-mile power connection
running between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth.
Grid today (Tuesday) announced the draft route for the controversial
400,000 volt power connection. A five-mile section of the route
will go under the Mendip Hills, but the line will still use pylons
through the Burnham area. [Watch
video explaining the route]
pictured above, had wanted the line to go underground rather than
spoil the countryside but say they are pleased that the route
of the pylons has been sited further away from the village school
in Mark and from nearby homes.
National Grid spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are
proposing to build an overhead line across the Somerset Levels
and Moors. We
will take down the existing 132,000 volt overhead line. From Mark
to Webbington Road, the draft route broadly follows the route
of the existing overhead line, therefore minimising the scale
of change to the existing landscape."
have chosen the straightest route possible, therefore minimising
the visual impact. In the south, the connection runs in the east
of the corridor to minimise the impact on people living in East
were asked to avoid Mark First School. Our draft route uses a
gap that is further away from properties and the school than the
existing 132,000 volt overhead line."
connection crosses the A38 at Tarnock through the only available
gap. To the north of Rooksbridge, the connection runs towards
the west of the corridor to minimise the impact on people living
Hipwell, from No Moor Pylons, told Burnham-On-Sea.com he is "disappointed"
that more of the route is not running underground, but welcomed
the news that the change of route in Mark.
new connection will mean that an existing 132,000 volt line between
Bridgwater and Avonmouth can be taken down. National Grid expects
there to be a reduction in the number of pylons between Bridgwater
and Avonmouth from 240 to 145.
Bryant, National Grid Senior Project Manager, added: "Weve
been very keen to listen to the views of local people, for example
on the importance of the Mendip Hills where we now plan to use
underground cables. Were very pleased that the new connection
will take up to 95 pylons out of the landscape."
understand people have concerns about overhead lines, but where
they are used, we will work hard to reduce any visual effects
by routeing the line carefully and using appropriate pylon designs,
which could include the new T-Pylon."
MP Tessa Munt has voiced her opposition to the scheme over several
Watch a video
explaining the route of the power pylons
The full route map can be seen here.