meeting to be held tonight on controversial pylons road plan
public meeting is to be held this evening (Friday) near Burnham-On-Sea
for residents to voice their concerns about controversial plans
to build a new road for lorries along the route of a proposed
line of power pylons.
Huntspill Parish Council is fighting National Grid's plan for
a new road for heavy construction vehicles during the build of
the power pylons that will run through the Burnham area from Hinkley
Point C to Avonmouth.
Council Clerk Jane Moreton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Heavy
goods vehicles would use this route, coming from the A38 via Watchfield,
seven days a week every 15 minutes, during the construction of
the road, and then to access the building of the pylons for up
to five years afterwards."
Parish Council and residents feel that the area is already at
capacity regarding HGV traffic, and any increase will have a huge
impact on safety, wellbeing and the environment."
added: "Somerset County Council are condoning this plan,
claiming risk assessments, research and analysis have been carried
out to show this is an appropriate development, but the Parish
Council have not been consulted in any way, nor provided with
any of the data SCC claim to have collected, despite repeated
councillors raised objections at a Planning Inspectorate hearing
in April, National Grid were asked by the Inspectorate to find
some alternative ideas to the use of Factory Lane. On 16th June
they informed the subsequent hearing that other alternatives were
not viable, without presenting any evidence."
only solution offered for safety concerns was double yellow lines,
which would mean that villagers would have no parking outside
is proposed that Factory Lane in Basonbridge will be extended
along the old railway line to the new T-pylon route.
councillor Nigel Litton added: "The National Grid company
should not be allowed to dictate their views and cause considerable
inconvenience to people who live and work in this area."
public meeting is being held tonight (Friday, 10th July) at 8.15pm
in East Huntspill Church Hall ahead of the final Planning Inspectorate
deadline on July 13th.