- West Country (E)
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.
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