Somerset says no more pylons

Hundreds of people in Somerset have protested against ‘super pylons’ being put up in the countryside. The ‘No Moor Pylons’ protest last Sunday follows National Grid’s plans to install 46.5m […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Hundreds of people in Somerset have protested against ‘super pylons’ being put up in the countryside.

The ‘No Moor Pylons’ protest last Sunday follows National Grid’s plans to install 46.5m tall pylons along a 36-mile stretch, linking the proposed Hinckley C power station to Avonmouth.

Protestors hoped the walk would convince the company to put the power lines underground as the huge pylons would destroy the beautiful landscape.

John Penrose MP for Weston-super-Mare supported the cause: “Yes, electricity is needed but so is our beautiful landscape… The plans should be rethought and cables placed underground to minimise the impact on an area of outstanding natural beauty, to avoid the permanent long term damage overhead cables will cause.”

Following the protest, Peter Bryant, Senior Project Manager at National Grid is encouraging everyone in the area to give their views on the proposed project.

He said: “We hope to work with the community to find ways of reducing the potential impact of the new connection. Hearing their views on where they play sport or walk their dogs, information about schools or favourite views can be added to our maps and will help shape our plans.”

The public must give their comments by 23 July.