Published:
January 16, 2016
Hinkley Point pylons may become terrorism target, warns Burnham MP

Burnham-On-Sea's MP says pylons planned to service Hinkley Point C could provide a target for terrorists.

MP James Heappey is firmly against the proposed 40-mile chain of pylons and has suggested cables should buried under the sea instead.

During a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday evening, he said the pylons were "untested and unwanted" and their visual impact would hurt the local economy.

But he also argued that terrorists would 'delight' in targeting the pylons in a bid to damage Britain's infrastructure, given the large amount of power that they would deliver to the rest of the country.

He said: "The security of these pylons is another issue. Any number of terrorist organisations would delight in the opportunity to hit our infrastructure, and taking out a pylon might seem a reasonably easy way of doing so."

A decision on whether the overhead power lines through Somerset will go ahead is due to be taken by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd over the next week.

 


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