Opponents of plans by the National Grid to build pylons carrying new power lines across Somerset are holding a public meeting in Nailsea this afternoon. It follows the publication earlier this month of details of the 37-mile long route from Bridgwater to Avonmouth.
The Grid proposes to put up more than 140 new pylons, each around 40ft higher than the current 100ft. A five-mile section through the Mendips would go underground. The plans have attracted widespread opposition from residents who fear the countryside will be blighted.
They're calling for the power lines to be buried underground for the entire route. This afternoon's meeting has been organised by the group Nailsea Against Pylons. It will be chaired by North Somerset MP Liam Fox. The meeting starts at 2.30pm at Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street, BS48 2DS.
The long-awaited route has been published today for a series of giant electricity pylons across Somerset. It comes after a series of high profile campaigns by protestors who'd argued they'll ruin the countryside.
National Grid wants to run cables from near Bridgwater to Avonmouth. It's announced one section will be buried underground. While that's been welcomed by some, others say their fight continues.
One of the protesters leading the fight against National Grid's plans for a new network of pylons carrying electricity from Hinckley Point to Avonmouth says technology exists to bury the cables underground.
Paul Hipwell told the West Country Tonight that "undergrounding" is common in Europe.
Weston-Super-Mare's MP John Penrose is celebrating today, after National Grid announced they will not put huge pylons, each the size of Nelson's Column, through the Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in his constituency.
The power lines will run underground instead, from the levels near Biddisham, north to the old Strawberry Line bridge near Sandford.
When the plans for new pylons between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth were first announced in 2009, several hundred people marched through Somerset's villages in protest at the plans.
This is great news for everyone who lives in and visits the Mendip Hill Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
If these whopping great pylons had gone ahead we'd have damaged some of our finest countryside.
I’m absolutely delighted that a combination of local pressure and good sense have won through.
I would like to thank everybody who helped us campaign over the years, and National Grid for listening properly too.
It shows the impact a small community can make when it bands together.