MPs in fresh call for new power lines to be buried in the Burnham area
MP Tessa Munt and North Somerset MP Liam Fox have held top-level
talks with Energy Minister Michael Fallon this week regarding
calls for controversial proposed power pylons to be buried underground.
Munt and Dr Fox discussed their concerns about National Grid's
approach to using alternatives to carry a 400,000 volt power connection
between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth.
calls for the line to be buried underground, National Grid has
announced that the 37-mile power line will run overground through
the Burnham area.
comes as the company is expected to submit a formal application
in Spring 2014 to request the construction of the pylons.
said: "Whenever I have pressed National Grid, I have been
told time and time again that placing cables undersea is not an
option the company says it just can't be done. Meanwhile
we can all see this happening around the rest of the UK and it
is standard practice for companies in Europe."
made the Minister aware that residents and businesspeople in my
patch want the 6.15 miles of pylons and cables planned for this
part of Somerset to be buried whether that is undersea
expressed dismay and disappointment that National Grids
final consultation was inaccurate it failed to show the
'sealing end compounds' to the south of my patch, which means
that if undergrounding was used, the cables could be buried continuously
from the Mendip Hills to Bridgwater."
also pointed out that whilst Environmental Impact Assessments
are quite rightly complex documents showing the effect of changes
on the environment, National Grid is compelled to carry out a
Social Impact Assessment, but little guidance exists to show what
that documentation should reveal.
Fox made the point that in his 20 years as an MP, National Grid
had been the most difficult and frustrating of companies to deal
with. I am hopeful that Michael Fallon will insist that common
Tessa Munt with Paul Hipwell from the campaign group No Moor Pylons