urge re-think as National Grid starts pylons consultation
who are fighting plans for a corridor of new power pylons across
the Somerset Levels near Burnham-On-Sea hope to force National
Grid to re-think the scheme as its consultation begins today (Tuesday).
Grid is offering residents one last chance to have their views
heard during the final consultation on the Hinkley Point C Connection
Grid has been considering several ways to run the 400,000-volt
line from the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station to a sub-station
has proposed using a smaller type of T-shaped pylon, as featured
here last month and pictured below, but it has ruled out installing
underground cables, apart from through several small Areas of
Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Mendips.
has disappointed campaigners in the Burnham-On-Sea area who want
the whole power line buried to reduce the visual impact on the
Hipwell from No Moor Pylons said this week: "Although the
Government approved the Hinkley C power station project in March
2013 no agreement has been reached with the developers and progress
has now stalled."
cant understand why National Grid is rushing ahead with
this connection scheme. There is no timetable for the power plant.
If they stopped and took a breath they could take account of other
technologies that exist or are emerging."
Maggie Gregory from Pylon-Moor-Pressure added: "Since 2009
when this scheme was first announced, people in Somerset have
been outraged that National Grid thinks that this outdated technology
is acceptable throughout the beautiful countryside of Somerset
and North Somerset."
fully understand that burying the power cables will cost more
but its a price they are very willing to pay to protect
our countryside for future generations to enjoy. National Grid
still have not provided sufficient information to justify their
choice of an overhead line and they need to consider other methods,
such as an underground cable or preferably a sub-sea connection."
Grid's consultation runs from September 3rd to October 29th before
it submits its formal application to build the connection route.
Bryant, National Grid senior project manager, said: "This
is likely to be the last opportunity for people to say whether
they are happy with our proposals or want to see something changed
before the application is submitted early next year."
want to hear from people in the local area so their opinions are
considered as we finalise our plans. The
information we have received from the public throughout the project
has been a great help in shaping our plans."