MP voices concern over pylons environmental costs
MP says National Grid has not fully considered the social and
environmental costs of building a proposed 37-mile long power
line between Avonmouth and Bridgwater.
of the exact route of the proposed 400,000 volt overhead power
line, which will run through the Burnham-On-Sea area, are due
to be announced by the National Grid on Tuesday (November 6th).
speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday (November 1st), Tessa
Munt said: "The National Grid company has a statutory duty
to consider social and environmental costs when evaluating routes
for electricity transmission, whether overhead, underground or
wrote to my constituents acknowledging that duty, and assured
them that it would provide detailed analysis for the Hinkley C
the company has plans to announce its route alignment on Tuesday
6th November, but has not yet provided that information, will
the Minister intervene on behalf of my constituents to ensure
that it does not ignore its statutory duties?"
Minister MP John Hayes said he would discuss the concerns further
autumn, National Grid announced that its preferred route for the
new power line would follow the existing 132,000 volt line which
runs near villages in the Burnham area including Mark and East
it conceded that it would consider running some sections of the
37-mile line underground "if the economies were right"
following pressure from residents and action groups who are worried
that the huge pylons would hurt the countryside.