for government to reconsider burying Hinkley Point power lines
pressure group fighting proposals for huge pylons carrying high-voltage
power lines from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea
is calling on the Government to reconsider burying them.
call from No Moor Pylons follows National Grid's announcement
last week that it is to use £500 million of taxpayers' money
to remove unsightly pylons from four protected landscapes - Winterborne
Abbas in Dorset and three National Parks: the Peak District, New
Forest and Snowdonia.
Grid's proposals for carrying power from the planned Hinkley Point
C nuclear plant to an electricity sub-station near Sea Mills would
see a mixture of conventional and new design pylons along much
of the route through the Burnham area, although it will bury eight
kilometres where it runs through the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding
Hipwell, from No Moor Pylons, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
welcome National Grid's plans to remove some pylons from some
scenic areas. And of course, we all agree with the Government
and National Grid that pylons are a visual intrusion in any landscape."
the public should be aware that this £500 million scheme
is taxpayers' money approved by the government for National Grid
to spend. The public have therefore paid twice for these pylons:
we paid once to have them erected some years ago, and we are now
paying a second time to have them removed and replaced with underground
would have been cheaper and better visually for the UK public
to have paid once only to have the lines placed underground or
undersea or in tunnels. We all would have not had to suffer these
many years of unsightly pylons in our landscapes."
time for the Government to rethink erecting new pylons anywhere
in the UK. The cost of laying cables underground, undersea or
in tunnels is definitely cheaper than paying twice i.e.
by erecting pylons now and replacing them in 10 or 20 years' time.
In fact, the cost of burying the cables in the first place for
the Hinkley C connection between Hinkley C in Somerset and Avonmouth,
Bristol is fast declining to parity."
group claims the additional cost of burying the Hinkley C connection
is now less than £1 per average household each year.
Grid says a report from the Institution of Engineering Technology
compares the costs of different high voltage transmission connection
options and found significant cost differences broadly in line
with estimates provided by National Grid.
Planning Inspectorate finished its examination of National Grid's
proposals in July and had three months to consider its recommendation
to the Secretary of State who also has three months to make a