MP welcomes National Grid's plan to remove 'ugly' pylons
MP has this week welcomed an announcement from National
Grid that it will tear down pylons and remove electrical cables
blighting some of the nation's most highly treasured landscapes.
The £500 million budget for the works will be funded through
levies on customers energy bills, adding an estimated 22
pence per year to a typical household's bill.
In an unexpected admission, Chris Baines, Chairman of National
Grids Stakeholder Advisory Group, said: "Undergrounding
is best when you can do it." He added that "a range
of engineering measures could be implemented including the replacement
of existing overhead lines with underground cables, the re-routing
and screening from key public viewpoints of the lines."
The comments come as residents in the Burnham area await the
outcome of a Planning
Inspectorate inquiry into National Grid's plans to build
new pylons between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth, stretching along
34 miles of Somerset countryside and coming close to the villages
of Mark, East Huntspill and Rooksbridge.
Tessa Munt said this week: "This announcement, whilst only
about pre-existing pylons in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding
Natural Beauty in England and Wales, is nonetheless very welcome."
marks a significant change in tone from National Grid. Those of
us who have been campaigning on this issue for years must now
seize this opportunity and push those holding the purse-strings
to meet with us and listen properly this time."
"National Grid has acknowledged that into the future, it
expects all cables will be placed underground or subsea. The company
managed to underground every single cable in the Olympic Village,
and in Germany and across much of Europe, laying cables underground
is already the norm. Now National Grid has accepted the need to
underground cables retrospectively in some of our most sensitive
"The fact is thousands of tourists come to our beautiful
part of the world each year, and our economy is heavily reliant
on the beauty of our landscapes, which in itself must be valued."
"Ill continue to work with Parliamentary colleagues
representing areas with similar fights on their hands to push
National Grid, which could save everyone lots of trouble simply
by laying cables underground from the outset."