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.
Dr Liam Fox says that despite some improvements, National Grid appears to have done very little to address the concerns of those objecting to a new network of electricity pylons.
National Grid spokesman David Mercer says the company has listened to the public and made changes to its plans for a new network of pylons across Somerset:
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.
Maggie Gregory, co-chair of pressure group Pylon Moor Pressure, has accused National Grid of not listening to the public after it announced plans for its new route from Hinckley Point to Avonmouth:
Mark Johnson from the group No Moor Pylons tells The West Country Tonight that protests against National Grid's plans will continue. He says the cables should go under ground or under sea:
Protesters near Mark in Somerset have vowed to continue fighting plans for new 160 feet high pylons due to run from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth.
This is despite National Grid's announcement that the new route will be further away from their homes than the existing line.
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.