MP steps up calls for 'mega pylons' plan to be rejected
MP has this week stepped up her calls for National
Grid's controversial 'mega pylons' proposals to be rejected and
to the Planning Inspectorate as it undertakes the final stage
of its planning process, Tessa Munt says that National Grid has
failed to explore and cost alternative technologies.
is madness. National Grid is required to look at alternatives
to pylons to meet the basic requirements of National Planning
statements," she said.
obvious that a line of 110 foot pylons across the Levels is going
to stand out, and spoil views across beautiful open countryside.
National Grid have to look at the costs and benefits of other
means of transmission yet National Grid operate as if there are
new Hinkley Point C power station will need to be connected to
the National Grid at Avonmouth and the company is planning to
use new 36-metre tall T-shaped pylons instead of traditional pylons,
as pictured here.
400,000 volt power connection will run through the Burnham area.
Despite calls for the line to be buried underground, National
Grid says the 37-mile line will run overground for much of the
route. Local campaigners continue to demand that National Grid
considers going underground, or sub-sea under the Bristol Channel.
Munt says she is particularly concerned at the impact of the pylons
on the most directly affected communities. "I have to praise
the detailed representations of the three most affected parish
councils Badgworth, Compton Bishop, and Mark. I commend
the thoroughness of unpaid councillors in representing the impact
of this complex project on their communities, and challenging
added: "It is hard to believe that Hinkley C will be producing
electricity before 2025, and so I wonder what the rush is to get
this process concluded when, critically, alternative technology
will become more certain, and costs will reduce, with time."
- and Conservative election candidate James Heappey plus campaigners
- will be speaking at an open meeting to be held in Mark next
Tuesday evening, 17th March.