consider appeal after 'devastating' Hinkley pylons decision
say they are considering lodging an appeal against the government's
"devastating" decision to allow a row of overhead power
lines across Somerset, including the Burnham-On-Sea area.
Grid's 35-metre high pylons will stretch from the proposed Hinkley
Point C power station near Burnham-On-Sea to Avonmouth, passing
by local villages including Mark, East Huntspill and Rooksbridge.
Hipwell, Chairman of the protest group No Moor Pylons, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I would like to think we have enough support locally to
appeal this decision through a judicial review, but I don't know
how we'd fund it."
of thousand of pounds would be needed and we just don't have that
level of funding."
think there are grounds for an appeal, having waded through the
government's 360-page report about the decision," he said.
only when you get to page 340 that there's a mention of the alternatives
to pylons, but there's no consideration of the social or environmental
costs. We will be discussing this with our MP, James Heappey,
to assess the next steps."
a small section through the Mendips will be underground, protesters
wanted the entire route to be buried under the Bristol Channel
but the higher cost led to this being ruled out.
MP James Heappey, pictured, said: "This is a devastating
decision that is utterly at odds with the views of local people.
Of course Hinkley C is an important piece of national infrastructure
and of course it must be plugged in to the national grid but,
in my view, there was never sufficient debate over whether to
go underground or under the sea."
it has simply been the cost of going under the sea that has been
seen as the barrier. However, the cost of that technology is reducing
all the time as it is being widely employed in interconnection
projects and in the Western Link between Scotland and North West
England. We could and should have directed that it be used for
this project too."
"Thousands of Somerset residents have participated in the
consultation and then then public enquiry; packed village halls
along the route of the line cannot have left National Grid nor
the Planning Inspector in any doubt at just how unwanted these
pylons are. I pay tribute to those who were involved in the fight
from the very beginning regardless of todays decision,
parish councillors and campaigners along the route have served
their communities unstintingly."
"There is now a short period in which to consider the merits
of a Judicial Review but this is not a straightforward process
and the chances of success are slim. I hope to meet with parish
and district councillors in the coming days to discuss that option."
estimated £500 million budget for the work will be funded
through levies on customers energy bills, adding an estimated
22 pence per year to a typical household's bill.