Controversial Dumfries and Galloway pylon plans could be scaled back

Controversial plans for upgrading power lines with a new network of electricity pylons in southern Scotland could be scaled back, because of changes in the energy industry.

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MSP welcomes pylon rethink

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

South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine (SNP) has welcomed the announcement that Scottish Power Energy Networks is rethinking its plan to install a new network of electricity pylons in Dumfries and Galloway.

The proposals had been met with fierce protests.

Now, the company says the results of its public consultation, and changes in the energy industry, mean they may scale back the plans.

This is welcome news and testament to the efforts of constituents who picked apart the justification for an overhead line of this size routed through virgin countryside. In my consultation submission on behalf of constituents I asked this question - I am pleased that SPEN and National Grid are taking it on board.

I will continue to act on behalf of my constituents and have secured a meeting between campaigners and the UK energy regulator which will take place very soon.”

– Joan McAlpine, SNP MSP

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