MP attacks 'devastating' decision over Hinkley Point pylons
have reacted with dismay to the news that the government has APPROVED
a controversial row of overhead power lines across part of Somerset.
lines of 35-metre high pylons will stretch from the proposed Hinkley
Point C power station near Burnham-On-Sea to Avonmouth.
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 has led to this being ruled out.
Hipwell, Chairman of the protest group No Moor Pylons, said: "I'm
so sad. There are going to be 50ft high pylons marching across
the countryside. This is something our children are going to have
to look at for the next hundred years."
can transmit electricity under ground. It's such a shame they've
gone with 1950s technology and didn't have the courage to do what
was right for the next generation."
Grid plans to build the power line between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth,
stretching through 34 miles of Somerset countryside and coming
close to the villages of Mark, East Huntspill and Rooksbridge
in the Burnham area.
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."
expected £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.