campaigners welcome National Grid decision to axe scheme
fighting plans for a controversial
400,000 volt power line through the Burnham-On-Sea area have this
week welcomed the news that a similar scheme in Lincolnshire has
for a 50-mile line of electricity pylons between Grimsby and Boston
have been scrapped, with National
Grid saying it no longer plans to use overhead cabling to take
power from an offshore windfarm.
week's decision has been welcomed by the No Moor Pylons pressure
group, which is opposed to National
Grid's route for a line of pylons between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth,
which for the majority of the route, will use Corridor 1 that
runs close to the Burnham area, as shown on the map.
Hipwell from the campaign group No Moor Pylons told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"At last the tide is turning and common sense is prevailing.
National Grid has decided that pylons are unacceptable to the
people of Lincolnshire. They now need to decide that pylons are
equally unacceptable in Somerset. They should halt their plans
to build pylons across the beautiful Somerset countryside now."
added: "From the outset, National Grid has ruled out underground
cables for the Hinkley to Avonmouth route, saying that they are
17 times more expensive than pylons. Now, an independent report
into electricity transmission commissioned by the Irish Government
has shown that, thanks to rapid advances in technology, the cost
of undergrounding has fallen substantially and is now about the
same as the cost of pylons, depending on local conditions."
Europe, more underground cables are now being installed than overhead
pylons. A total of 700km of underground cables are under construction
while only 450 km of overhead pylons are being constructed. In
Denmark, the Government has decided that all future electricity
transmission routes must be underground."
UK report into the comparative costs of pylons and underground
cables, commissioned by DECC is a year late. It will now be published
on 31st January 2012. Campaigners are concerned about whether
the report will be truly independent. The report was compiled
by Parsons Brinckerhoff, which is owned by Balfour Beatty
a major contractor to National Grid."
Gregory of Pylon Moor Pressure added: "We are calling on
the National Grid to take an honest look at their plans for the
Hinkley to Avonmouth route and consider what is best for the countryside,
as well as for their profits. Undergrounding the route will not
cost them 17 times the cost of pylons and would be far better
for everyone who lives and works in Somerset, as well as for our