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Still time to comment on D&G pylons plan

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Consultation on plans for a new network of electricity pylons in Dumfries and Galloway ends tomorrow - but people can still submit feedback into the new year.

SP Energy Networks is planning to upgrade powerlines with new pylons between Kendoon and Tongland.

A series of consultation events took place across the region last month and people can comment on the proposed scheme until 13 January.

"We had a good turnout at the exhibitions we held in Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Mossdale and New Galloway in November, and we have received a range of comments.

"However, there is still time for anyone who wishes to put forward their views to review all of the documents and submit their feedback.”

– Colin Brown, SP Energy Networks Project Manager

A third round of consultation on the detailed route alignments is expected to be carried out next year.

Subject to final approval by the Scottish Government, SP Energy Networks hopes to have the new system in use by 2023.

Cumbrian mansion owner fights pylon plans

Netherby Hall sprawls across the Cumbrian countryside near Longtown, with the scenic views playing their part in the history of the mansion.

But the landscape could soon be ruined.

Scottish Power has proposed plans to build overhead pylons across the land where the mansion stands.

Lori Carnochan met Netherby Hall's owner, Gerald Smith:


New jobs hope for South of Scotland

More jobs are expected to come to the South of Scotland to upgrade the power supply network.

The first trainees to go through a unique programme with Scottish Power are now working in the region. Nine local people were recruited for the course at Dumfries and Galloway College.

The upgrading of the network will cost 10 million pounds and it's hoped more locals will find work on the power lines.

Scottish Power offer cut-off customers overnight accommodation

"We have had over 300 engineers working in the Wigtownshire and Barrhill areas today.

"We have also contacted customers throughout the day and offered hotel accommodation for anyone who was due to remain off supply into this evening.

“We would again like to thank customers for the patience they have shown, and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Our engineers have encountered some of the most difficult conditions they have ever faced attempting to restore supplies.

"We would also like to thank staff at Dumfries and Galloway Council and Transport Scotland for the support they have provided.”

– Spokesperson, Scottish Power