work still to do on pylons plan' say six local councils
work is still to be done' is the joint message from all six local
authorities affected by National Grids proposals for a high
voltage connection between the proposed new nuclear power station
at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea and Avonmouth.
Grid's latest consultation has ended on the project, which, if
it proceeds, could see pylons between 35 and 50 metres tall along
parts of route - including the villages of Mark and Rooksbridge
and Biddisham near Burnham.
District, Bristol City, North Somerset, Somerset County, South
Gloucestershire and West Somerset Councils together have taken
legal and technical advice to assess the implications of National
Grids proposals on a range of topics such as landscape,
ecology, local economy, transport and tourism.
to the consultation, the Councils have this week welcomed the
progress that has been made and the changes to the proposals following
feedback from the communities affected.
say, however, that there is a substantial amount of information,
including mitigation proposals and an understanding of the impacts
associated with the new pylon design, the T-pylon,
that is still required.
Councils acknowledge the need to deliver the project quickly in
response to the urgent need at a national level, but it is essential
that National Grid provides all the relevant information so that
the Councils and the affected communities can understand the impacts
of the development," says a joint statement issued this week.
Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, added: "Progress
has been made since we took part in the last round of consultation.
National Grid still has some way to go, however, in order to ensure
that any potential impact on the people and landscape of the County
is minimised and mitigated as far as possible."
will continue to work closely with National Grid and the Somerset
councils and scrutinise National Grid's proposals to ensure that
we do what we can to help with the UK's energy needs. However,
these proposals must be right for the residents and the environment
of the County."
Grid has proposed a scheme for a 400,000 volt power connection
between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth, running through the Burnham
area. Despite calls for the line to be buried underground, National
Grid announced that the 37-mile power line would run overground
in the Burnham area last November, as we reported here.