Council rejects 'costly' sub-sea power line instead of pylons
controversial planned power line running between Hinkley Point
and Avonmouth should not be buried under the Bristol Channel,
Burnham and Highbridge town councillors have decided this week.
by National Grid to build more than 140 pylons connecting Hinkley
Point C to Avonmouth were debated by the town council on Monday
the pylons scheme is approved by National Grid, the route will
stretch 34 miles, running close to the villages of Mark, East
Huntspill and Rooksbridge. Campaigners have always said the
Phil Harvey said: "I feel we should support those asking
for the line to be buried under the Bristol Channel rather than
across the Somerset Levels. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to influence this and show solidarity with our rural parishes."
Cllr Neville Jones said: "The cost of an under-sea line compared
to the pylons is absolutely colossal. Don't think for one minute
that the cost would fall on those building Hinkley - it would
fall to us electricity customers in higher bills."
Ken Smout agreed: "The cost would be astronomical. To bury
the power line under the sea would require a trench half the width
of the motorway which would also cause ecological damage. The
pylons are the best value and most economical way of moving the
proposal by Cllr Harvey for the Town Council to support a sub-sea
power line instead of pylons received just two votes in favour
and eight votes against, thereby seeing the proposal thrown out.
Planning Inspectorate is to hold a six-month inquiry into the
pylons, during which local people can comment. It will then make
a recommendation to the Secretary of State. From 12th July, any
members of the public who want to be involved with the planning
process can register their interest with the Planning Inspectorate
by 26th August.