On the positive side, we will now have the 35 meter high T-Pylons rather than the proposed 50 meter high standard pylons and more towers will be removed than will be erected. Existing lines in Nailsea will be removed to the great benefit of local residents and one line will be removed on Tickenham Ridge. Moving the line of pylons away from houses and schools in West Nailsea is another positive development. I am also pleased that the original route to take the transmission line away from Portbury has been reinstated.
However, despite the adoption of the T-Pylons (which have never been used anywhere in Britain) the overhead technology remains rooted in the past and other, new, technologies such as GIL (Gas Insulated Lines) have not been fully considered. The impact on the environment is still greater than widespread undergrounding would achieve but significantly better than the original horror of the 50 meter towers. In particular, the issue of Tickenham Ridge has not been properly resolved.
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It's a mixed weekend for the South West ahead with sunshine on Saturday but rain and showers across Sunday and Monday.