of new Hinkley pylons route in the Burnham area is unveiled
route that electricity will take as it is carried from the proposed
new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point has been revealed today
new pylons will be built along a route stretching 34 miles across
Somerset, including close to the villages of Mark, East Huntspill
and Biddisham. See
the full route here.
National Grid says it has listened to feedback from residents,
those who've protested over the issue in the Burnham-On-Sea area
say they're not being heard.
Munt, Burnham's MP, said: "Whether it's a T-pylon or the
old-fashioned one they were proposing, they're still almost as
wide as they are high."
are still going to be a blot on our landscape. But this is the
public consultation that everybody needs to respond to, this is
the one that the planning inspector will actually take notice
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outraged that National Grid thinks that this outdated technology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."
Paul Hipwell from No Moor Pylons said: "Although the Government
approved the Hinkley C power station project in March 2013 no
agreement has been reached with the developers and progress has
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."
Peter Bryant, National Grid senior project manager, said: "Over
the past four years we have listened to what the public has told
us and this has played a big part in how weve developed
our plans. We know people are concerned about the connections
impact on the landscape. We have tried to strike the best balance
between reducing this and being mindful of the cost that ends
up on everyones bills from all our connection projects around
on what people have told us and the guidelines we have to follow,
we believe we have the balance right but now were asking
people to come along to our consultation events and tell us what
they think. This could be the last chance they have of influencing
our proposals before we submit our planning application in early
the next eight weeks until Tuesday 29 October, the draft proposals
will be available to view at a series of exhibitions and at National
Grid's information hubs where a computer 'fly through' will show
exactly how the connection could look in the landscape. In addition,
a mobile consultation vehicle will be out and about at various
venues in the region. At each of these events people will be able
to give their opinions. Details are available at www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk.
proposals for the Burnham area are:
Removing the existing Western Power Distribution 132,000
volt Bridgwater to Avonmouth overhead line.
Building a new 400,000 volt overhead line from Woolavington
Road to the existing National Grid 400,000 volt Hinkley Point
to Melksham overhead line. For this short section, we propose
five steel lattice pylons.
Removing a short section of the existing Hinkley Point to
Building a new 400,000 volt overhead line from the existing
Melksham line, running north over the Huntspill River to a cable
sealing compound around one kilometre (0.6 miles) south of the
Mendip Hills. In total, two steel lattice pylons.
Building a cable sealing end compound approximately 56 x
37 metres, adjacent to the M5 and south of the River Axe. This
would allow underground cables to be built through the Mendip
Installing new 400,000 volt underground cables from the
cable sealing end compound into the Mendip Hills.
We need a temporary construction compound north of Rooks
Bridge, off the A38 for plant, materials and temporary offices
for employees while we install the underground cables.