residents over pylons road plan protest near Burnham
Ian Liddell-Grainger has backed a group of residents near Burnham-On-Sea
who have voiced their concern about controversial plans to build
a new road for lorries along the route of a proposed line of power
we first reported
here last week, East 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.
60 residents flocked to a public meeting in East Huntspill Church
Hall on Friday evening ahead of the Planning Inspectorate's deadline
for feedback on the plans today (July 13th).
Ian Liddell-Grainger, who represents the village, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
after the meeting: "There are three points here - firstly,
look at the turnout - that tells you it's important. Second, people
don't know what's happening here - I've learned lots tonight which
shows I've not been kept in the loop, so I'm cross. Thirdly, the
government and National Grid must learn that we're not going to
be stood on or roll over here - we're actually here and care about
it because we live in this community and we're not prepared to
be pushed around by people who are not from this area and are
not accountable for this area. That goes for Cllr Fothergill at
the County Council and certainly National Grid and I will be having
words with the government to ask what on earth are they are doing."
Council Vice Chairman Nigel Litton added: "I was pleased
with the big turnout and pleased the MP came along to add clout.
The village now has an idea of what the National Grid company
wants to do and hopefully we can persuade them to not ruin our
village for the next six years."
Council Clerk Jane Moreton explained what the proposals are: "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.
are being urged to submit their feedback on the plans today to