photos: MP joins protest calling for National Grid to bury power
MP was among more than 100 residents who joined a protest on Sunday
(January 29th) aimed at putting pressure on National Grid to bury
a controversial 400,000 volt electricity line underground.
met on the outskirts of Burnham ahead of an expected announcement
this Tuesday by National Grid regarding the possibility of running
the controversial proposed power line between Hinkley Point and
week that protest group No Moor Pylons has welcomed a decision
by National Grid to similar plans for a 50-mile line of pylons
between Grimsby and Boston after saying it
no longer plans to use overhead cabling to take power from an
National Grid wants to build a line of 46.5m tall pylons in a
'route corridor' that will run past the Burnham area, through
the village of Mark and close to East Huntspill and Watchfield.
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."
Tessa Munt gave her support to the campaigners during Sunday's
protest, which was held next to an existing line of electricity
pylons, as pictured here.
Hipwell 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."
UK report into the comparative costs of pylons and underground
cables, commissioned by DECC is a year late and it will be published
on 31st January."
Top, Alan Sealey holding a protest sign and, above, Paul
Hipwell with Tessa Munt, who addresed the crowd of 100
residents, as below