Somerset pylons route revealed

National Grid has announced its new proposals for pylons throughout Somerset.

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Full report: National Grid reveals Somerset pylon route

The route electricity will take as it's carried from the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point has been revealed.

It'll mean around 140 new pylons will be put up along a route stretching 34 miles across Somerset.

But the National Grid says it'll bury some of the new cable underground and the new pylons will cause less disruption to the countryside.

But those who've protested over the issue say they're not being heard.

John Bevir reports:

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Response from No Moor Pylons:

Although the Government approved the Hinkley C power station project in March 2013 no agreement has been reached with the developers and progress has now stalled. We can’t understand why National Grid is rushing ahead with this connection scheme. There is no timetable for the power plant. If they stopped and took a breath they could take account of other technologies that exist or are emerging.”

– Paul Hipwell, spokesman, No Moor Pylons
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Wells MP's statement in full

Whatever your views on the power lines from Hinkley Point C, whether like me, you believe beautiful Somerset shouldn’t be spoiled by unnecessary Pylons or not, this is the consultation to respond to; your responses will be seen by the planning inspector and will in the end make a difference to our countryside.

It is vitally important that we take this opportunity to tell National Grid what we want, whether that is under-sea, under-ground or over-ground. Importantly, we must tell them why their proposals are wrong or right for our area. You do not need to understand or go into the technical details of the plans; you simply need to give your thoughts.”

– Tess Munt, Liberal Democrat MP for Wells

Each household will receive a copy of the National Grid ‘Project News’ and a disc with all the information about the project on it. Hard copies of all the information can be picked up at the National Grid information point in Mark Village Hall.

Tessa has also asked for paper copies to be put in her office in Wedmore.

There will also be a public Q&A session on Saturday 21st September in Mark Village Hall.

An exhibition will be held from 9:30am to 2:30pm and the Q&A will follow on after from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.

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Wells MP urges constituents to take part in consultation

Tessa Munt. Credit: John Stillwell/PA

The Liberal Democrat MP for Wells Tessa Munt has urged her constituents to take part in National Grid's latest consultation on its proposed electricity lines for the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley.

In a statement, she said "Whatever your views on the power lines from Hinkley Point C, this is the consultation to respond to; your responses will be seen by the planning inspector and will in the end make a difference to our countryside.”

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Response from Pylon-Moor-Pressure:

“Since 2009 when this scheme was first announced, people in Somerset have been outraged that National Grid thinks that this outdated technology is acceptable throughout the beautiful countryside of Somerset and North Somerset. They fully understand that burying the power cables will cost more but it’s a price they are very willing to pay to protect our countryside for future generations to enjoy.

National Grid still have not provided sufficient information to justify their choice of an overhead line and they need to consider other methods, such as an underground cable or preferably a sub-sea connection”.

– Maggie Gregory, Pylon-Moor-Pressure spokeswoman
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Statement from Nailsea Against Pylons:

The change in arrangements made for major infrastructure projects like this requires promoters to listen to people’s views and to be prepared to modify their scheme. People are very disappointed that National Grid has not prepared to listen to the views of the communities that will be so badly affected.”

– Fiona Erleigh, spokeswoman, Nailsea Against Pylons
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National Grid: 'We have listened'

Over the past four years we have listened to what the public has told us and this has played a big part in how we’ve developed our plans. We know people are concerned about the connection’s impact on the landscape. We have tried to strike the best balance between reducing this and being mindful of the cost that ends up on everyone’s bills from all our connection projects around the country.

– Peter Bryant, senior project manager, National Grid
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