Hinkley Point C pylon protesters want National Grid to revise 'unclear' plans (From Bridgwater Mercury)
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Hinkley Point C pylon protesters want National Grid to revise 'unclear' plans
ANTI-PYLON protestors say National Grid need to revise their ‘unclear’ proposals after final public consultations meeting took place last week.
National Grid showcased its full details of the proposed Hinkley C to Avonmouth connection route – needed if a third nuclear power station at Hinkley gets the goahead – at the meetings across Bridgwater and Mark.
But campaigners believe that the vague wording of the documents and the diagrams needs to be changed before people can make a proper judgement on the proposals.
Maggie Gregory from Pylon-MoorPressure said: “People have interpreted National Grid’s information to mean that a line carried on T-pylons will be lower than the existing 132,000volt line, and as a result the ‘blot on the landscape’ produced by pylons will be reduced - this is not the case.
“The T-pylon is nine metres higher than the Western Power line and I have pointed out to National Grid that their consultation material is unclear and asked them to restart this important exercise.
“They need to issue revised material which clearly demonstrates the scale of the T-pylon in relation to the existing line and in relation to the enormous latticepylon whichmaybe as high as 50 metres.”
Under National Grid’s plans, 90 pylons would disappear from the Somerset landscape, while the 35-metre T-pylon, a third shorter than the traditional lattice pylon, would be used formuch of the overhead route.
A spokesman for National Grid said: “In no way are we trying to confuse or mislead the public.
“We have always been clear that the height of the T-pylon is 35 metres relative to the equivalent typical steel lattice pylon which is 46.5 metres, making it around a third shorter. The existing 132,000 volt pylons are 26.4 metres.”
An exhibition of the plans will be at Stogursey Victory Hall on October 8 from 5-7pm, question and answer session from 7-8pm.
A consultation vehicle will be at Morrisons in Bridgwater on October 1 from 8am to 4.30pm, Morrisons in Burnham on October 3 from 9.30am to 4pm and Bridgwater College on October 9 from 9.30am to 4pm.
Aternatively, more information on the project can be found at www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk
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