MP in final bid to halt 'unsightly' Hinkley pylons
MP James Heappey will be leading a debate in Parliament this Thursday
on National Grid's controversial proposed pylons line running
through the area - ahead of next week's decision on the scheme.
presenting a petition to Parliament in December which was signed
by more than half of the residents in the four most affected parishes,
Mr Heappey wrote to Secretary of State Amber Rudd last week to
set out the longstanding objections to the pylon line ahead of
her decision due on 18th January.
battle over this pylon line has been running for eight years but
with the decision now imminent, I wanted to make sure that our
objections locally were heard as loudly as possible," said
Mr Heappey this week.
petition was a powerful demonstration of the objection within
the communities living nearest to these pylons but I know that
the opposition extends far wider than that."
is a beautiful landscape with tourism a major part of our local
economy, it seems unbelievable that we're even contemplating putting
these enormous pylons straight through the middle of it."
my letter to Amber Rudd last week, I made a final bid to set out
just why these pylons are so unwelcome and I am seeking to meet
with her, alongside MPs representing the other constituencies
affected by the pylon line to discuss those objections in more
detail. However, it is a real bonus to have secured some parliamentary
time to raise this important local issue in the House of Commons."
pylons are enormous, they're untested and they're unsightly. Moreover,
we are missing an opportunity to put something under the sea that
would service all the marine based energy generation schemes that
are envisaged in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary over the
is a transmission line that is expected to operate until the end
of the century - surely it makes sense to build something that
will service all likely future needs not just the need of Hinkley
C. I have argued for some time that if the project could be seen
in the context of all that might come in the future, the cost
benefit analysis of going underwater would look very different."
Adjournment Debate is likely to be held shortly after 5pm on Thursday
14th January and will be covered live on BBC Parliament. The debate
may come earlier if previous business in the House concludes sooner