Anti-pylon protesters hold public meeting

The National Grid wants new pylons across more than 30 miles of Somerset Credit: ITV West

Opponents of plans by the National Grid to build pylons carrying new power lines across Somerset are holding a public meeting in Nailsea this afternoon. It follows the publication earlier this month of details of the 37-mile long route from Bridgwater to Avonmouth.

The Grid proposes to put up more than 140 new pylons, each around 40ft higher than the current 100ft. A five-mile section through the Mendips would go underground. The plans have attracted widespread opposition from residents who fear the countryside will be blighted.

They're calling for the power lines to be buried underground for the entire route. This afternoon's meeting has been organised by the group Nailsea Against Pylons. It will be chaired by North Somerset MP Liam Fox. The meeting starts at 2.30pm at Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street, BS48 2DS.