Controversial powerline plans could be scaled back

Pylons. Credit: PA

Controversial plans for upgrading power lines with a new network of electricity pylons in southern Scotland could be scaled back.

Scottish Power Energy Networks wants to build a new line across Dumfries and Galloway.

They say the current infrastructure is outdated.

Under the original proposals, the line would have stretched 109 miles across South West Scotland, from Auchencrosh in South Ayrshire, to Harker in Cumbria.

Thousands of pylons would have run from Auchencrosh to Harker. Credit: ITV Border

But having analysed the feedback it received during the first public consultation into the scheme, the company now says further consultation is needed.

It says changes in the industry could affect the "scope of the project".

Campaigners. Credit: ITV Border

The campaign group DumGal Against Pylons, who are against plans to build a new power line across Dumfries and Galloway, have welcomed the decision to rethink the proposals.

In a statement today, they said: